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Industry of All Nations to Bring Globally Made Sustainable Apparel to Abbot Kinney Blvd

September 16, 2015
By PRN NewsWire

VENICE, Calif., Sept. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Industry of All Nations (IOAN), an international apparel company that collaborates with local makers from around the globe, today announced the opening of its first retail outpost. Located at 1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice, California, the shop is now open.

Founded in 2010 by Argentinian brothers Juan Diego, Fernando and Patricio Gerscovich with headquarters in Los Angeles, Industry of All Nations began with a single pair of biodegradable espadrilles and a dream: to return manufacturing to the original makers while continually researching and utilizing new sustainable and environmentally conscious production methods.

“Our name represents everything, the world as a place to work together,” notes Juan Diego Gerscovich. “We hold the deep belief that we as humans all share this one planet and we need to protect it and protect each other. To achieve real sustainability, we must help ensure that business practices are economically viable as well environmentally and socially sound.”

IOAN currently collaborates with and conducts projects in Argentina, Bolivia, India, Uruguay, Mexico, Indonesia and the US, working closely with artisans and manufacturers to produce everyday goods while exercising environmental stewardship and supporting local economies.

True to the company’s collaborative nature, IOAN has partnered with Mr. Mohana Sundaram, one of the partners in the Clean Clothes Project in Tirupur, India, for the launch of the IOAN retail program.

“We’re very pleased to partner with Industry of All Nations in the launch of their inaugural retail shop,” notes Mr. Sundaram. “This is a very special opportunity for us, as a clean clothing manufacturer in India, to get involved both physically and financially on a global scale. Over the years, the partnership with IOAN has helped us to develop a clean clothing industry for the global market, all the while preserving our local ecosystem and economy. Partnering in this retail program is a wonderful next step.”

Juan Diego and Fernando, both trained architects, designed the 700 square foot space which, like their products, is uncluttered, straightforward, honest and deceptively simple.

“At IOAN we say buying is like voting because it’s one of the simplest things we do – and one of the most important,” notes Fernando. “Buying used to be thought of as superficial, but it’s actually a very significant decision that affects the environment, the people, the economies and society.”

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