Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project
Eriko Yamaguchi, the founder & chief-designer, worked at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington D.C. where she had a strong doubt about traditional ways of economic aids and supports. She felt that the aids did not reach to those who really need supports.
To find a better solution, she flew to Bangladesh and lived there for two years. The solution she found is to do business to solve social problems. When she learned the concept of "fair-trade", she agreed with the concept and philosophy, but found that most fair-trade products are low-quality and not-fashionable at all. So, she decided to make a brand which has strong social traits and excellence in the quality and design. To realize this "dream fashion brand", she founded Motherhouse when she was 24 year-old.
While never having a formal training as a designer, she scratched down her ideas on a notebook and visited countless number of factories all over Dhaka alone to find a business partner. Half a year later, she finally found a small factory that was willing to do business with her.