The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle steps out wearing Outland Denim Harriet jeans in Byron Tonal during a visit to Wimbledon on July 4 2019. The much-anticipated surprise appearance marks the 7thtime the Duchess has donned the humanitarian and sustainable brand of denim in public, this time accompanying it by many other repeat wear pieces in her wardrobe.
“We continue to be humbled by the support of the Duchess, and thankful for her incredible impact on our staff and our brand” states James Bartle, Founder and CEO of Outland Denim.
The brand became a household name when the Duchess wore Outland Denim’s Harriet jean in Black during a visit to Dubbo, New South Wales, on Wednesday the 17 of October 2018, causing the style to sell out in almost all sizes within hours and further go on back-order twice. Markle’s choice in denim has had an impact stretching beyond sales and into the lives of vulnerable young women whom Outland Denim employs in its stand-alone production facility. As Outland Denim revealed following the Royal Tour in October 2018, thanks to “The Meghan Markle Effect”, it was possible to employ a further 46 seamstresses in its Cambodian production and finishing facilities.
Outland’s jeans are crafted in Cambodia by a team of dedicated staff who graduated from the company’s covetable in-house training program to become skilled cutters, seamstresses and pattern makers. The jeans are crafted using the finest raw materials, including European denim and organic cotton.
The company began in 2011 in order to offer formerly enslaved or exploited young women training and employment pathways but has since evolved to equip women in positions of varying vulnerability, including those leaving exploitative situations within garment factories, those with physical disabilities, and those who have been trafficked for labour.