Servi Store was featured in the article titled " The hidden cost of looking good - mending an industry by Toby Ward on the December 2017 edition of Melbourne Catholic Magazine.
Below is the section that covers about Servi:
"Melbourne's ethical endeavours also extend to Bulleen's Servi Store, an eco-friendly and Fairtrade certified fashion and apparel brand that fuses inspiring words of Catholic saints with ethically made apparel. Servi Store also operates as a custom merchandising retailer, breaking ranks from many commercially driven competitors to provide ethically made personalised clothing for organisations and various groups. Servi Store's founder, Ajesh Abraham, launched the project in 2015 after two years of intensive research. Ajesh's steadfast faith and his committed resolve to produce ethically made garments have synthesised into Servi Store. It is a small yet burgeoning enterprise that is pursuing an end to slavery and liberating those in Servi Store's supply chain. 'We're a small drop in the ocean, but we are a drop that is important, says Ajesh. 'We believe we live in a modern society where everyone should be treated fairly”.
Servi Store utilises a small number of factories in southern India, one of which is Assisi Garments, an innovative factory established by Franciscan Sisters that now employs a workforce of 300, including underprivileged women and 120 physically challenged people. 'Our faith is very relevant to what we're doing says Ajesh, reflecting on the Catholic values coursing through Servi Store. It's 100 percent influencing our business and the way we function. I feel unable to engage with unethical practices as a Catholic.
As the fashion industry gradually continues to value principled and fair operations, businesses will further develop ethical practices and improve working conditions and supply chains. Fundamentally the clothes we wear serve as a projection of ourselves and our identities. Yet, the clothes upon our back should not break someone else's. If we advocate for fairness and oppose the abhorrence of slavery, shouldn't the fashion we flaunt reflect that?"
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From Genesis through Revelation, Catholics accept as a revealed truth that creation and its order is a good that we must embrace and steward. This has been echoed and championed by Church leaders for two millennia. In response to what God has given the human race—clean air, life-sustaining water, fruits of the earth’s harvests, and the bounty of the sea—we are called to honour God our Creator for these many blessings. We are obliged to respect these gifts, which are for all people.
Pope Francis in Laudato Si’ encyclical offers a unique challenge. “Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, at the same time protecting nature”. For us at Servi Store, we have taken this challenge to heart integrating it into our business operations. We endeavour to offer this in the products that we sell. People who make our products can overcome poverty because of the Fairtrade or similar certified entities that they work. Their dignity is respected and restored by the opportunities they have. We use eco-friendly raw materials as much as we possibly can. Every time you purchase a product from us, you help us to achieve this goal along with assisting our family run small business sustain.
We feel honoured joining hundreds of other Catholic organisations in the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM).
We were fortunate to be interviewed and featured by Cradio.
Servi Store founder Ajesh Abraham speaks to us about how the fashion-brand began, and how it seeks to combat the troubling effects of fast fashion and over-industrialised cotton.
Below is an extract from cradio:
Servi Store wasn’t something that founder Ajesh Abraham thought he would begin, but it has proved to be a fruitful endeavour. Since its launch at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival 2015, Servi Store has sought to combine the wisdom of the saints, ethical manufacturing and good fashion with its range of fair-trade clothing.