Wearing is Giving Don’t you love it when a fashion-forward company strives to make life better for people around the world? FIGS is one of those companies. Founder and CEO, Heather Hasson, gives us a glimpse into the world of starting and running a business that gives back.
Interview with Heather Hasson What does FIGS stand for and what exactly is it? FIGS stands for Fashion Inspires Global Sophistication. We are here to inspire the world through fashion. When a child puts on a school uniform or a healthcare provider puts on a medical uniform, their sense of self-worth and identity sky rockets. They believe in themselves and their work, and in turn, aim to make an impact on the world. Our uniforms change the way people think, the way people feel, and most importantly, the way people perform. What inspired you to start a company that gives back? I was traveling throughout Africa and came face to face with many of the country’s most impoverished children. These children could not receive an education
because they could not afford a uniform. I thought, if they just had a uniform, their entire future could turn out differently. I created FIGS to do exactly this – give these children uniforms so they could get an education and have access to all the freedoms an education provides. A few years later, I found a way to help the medical community as well. While traveling to various communities around the world, I witnessed millions of healthcare providers treating patients in dirty t-shirts and jeans. They could not afford the appropriate attire (scrubs) that help them perform their job safely and effectively. We have been able to reduce the infection rate tremendously by giving our medical uniforms to healthcare providers in need around the world.
What is most rewarding? The response we have received from our customers and recipients of our uniforms has been unbelievably rewarding. Seeing these children, nurses, and doctors from around the world with huge smiles on their faces wearing FIGS has made me so proud beyond what words can express. All I can say is that it has been beyond any expectation I had when I first started FIGS. How does the sale of a set of scrubs support the needs of people in developing countries? For every tie sold, FIGS gives a school uniform to a child in need so that they can receive an education. Similarly, for every set of scrubs sold, FIGS gives a set of scrubs to a healthcare provider in need. We have proven that
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