Meet Katherine Jeffery of CAUSEGEAR

tell us about your products. where they are made. who makes them. favorite product features.

The CAUSEGEAR®️ and MADE BY FREE WOMEN®️ brands are quality handcrafted apparel and accessories, made free. Every purchase supports a day of freedom for your crafter from human trafficking + slavery + poverty through a self-sustaining job. Designed in Chicago. Made in India. Our customers love our design and functionality. They especially love knowing their favorite bag was made free!

tell us about your connection to Chicago. your neighborhood.

We are Chicago-based. Currently just outside the city but working to get in! We LOVE Chicago!

what do you love about your business, your industry.

We love connecting the fortunate few with the marginalized many. The social entrepreneur space is exciting and it is a privilege to get to serve others in this way.

tell us about your design inspiration - space, smells, colors, textures.

Rustic, clean, gets better with age.

share a favorite quote, a mantra.

If your dream is possible then it just isn't big enough

surprise us with your secret talent, fact, etc.

My partner, Brad, is dyslexic so his creativity is amazing and adds great dimension to the brand.

what's the most common question you get about your business?

Stories...people love to hear the stories about the crafters.

tell us about your process for making + creating.

Designed in Chicago. Handmade in India.

name 3 local makers/brands that inspire you and why.

Madewell. Frye. High quality. Great design.

is there something else you would like to share about your brand?

We are part of Chicago Fair Trade and recently became part of the Fair Trade Federation.

Connect with CAUSEGEAR

@causegear on Instagram and Facebook

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