When you purchase a piece from our WOMEN Collection, you are directly supporting women lead businesses and organisations in Cambodia. This is a breakdown of what your purchase of a WOMEN t-shirt will do.
The purpose of WOMEN.
WOMEN is the baby of Dorsu and our good friends at SHE Investments. As two socially minded businesses in Cambodia headed by a team of women, we often sit down and chat about issues facing women both in Cambodia and globally. About 2 years ago, we got onto the topic of feminist tees and how they are often rather hypocritical - as they don’t seem to always honour the women within their supply chain.
Given that we are a clothing company and SHE are focused on women’s business development, it made sense to us to combine our powers and make a feminist tee, done right.
Our goal was to create a product that was inspiring, empowering and uplifting - for both the wearer and the producer. Why should the woman wearing the tee be the only person to benefit from it’s message?
Taking it one step further, we wanted to directly invest the money we would make straight back into women, particularly in the Cambodian context where women are faced with an abundance of barriers to owning and running a successful and scalable business (read more about Cambodian women in business here)
Enter, WOMEN. A collaborative collection by Dorsu & SHE Investments.
The best way for us to explain how we will use the profit, is to explain how much profit we will actually make. The following graphics are an explanation of the steps that go into pricing a t-shirt. We separated the cost of the product into 3 categories -
Cost of Goods - fabric, production labour, pressing, labelling and packaging
Operations - business overheads, non-production staff, marketing, bank fees, storage and distribution
Duties & Taxes - online fees, import duties, taxes, shipping
WOMEN Muscle Tank, AUD 45.00
WOMEN All Day T-shirt, AUD 55.00
Supporting Cambodian women in business.
The profits are split equally between Dorsu and SHE Investments, invested directly into the women who are a part of each business. The more t-shirts we sell, the more money there is to invest in our ladies and their futures.
Dorsu -direct investment into both our management and production staff, through leadership training, business and finance training and on the job skills development. Our goal is to create space for all of our employees to improve and develop their skills and expand their knowledge base, providing opportunities for promotion and career advancement.
SHE Investments - will utilise their profit share to fund scholarships through their business development programs. Dependant on overall success of the WOMEN collection, SHE will then direct funds towards grants and investments for business endeavours of their program graduates. For more information on SHE programs and to contact the team, head over to www.sheinvestments.com.
Cambodia is developing at a rapid pace, however, there is vast disparity between the country’s economic growth and the opportunities available for female workers. Safety, health and wellbeing, access to fair employment and the ability to support families is not improving at the same rate across many sectors, not just the garment industries where gender in-equality is rife.
Investing in women’s business skills and acumen builds resilience, opens up opportunities for career-advancement where possible, and introduces micro-enterprise and owner-operated business as alternative pathways for women. In Cambodia and across the world, investing in women has repeatedly proven to result in immediate community and economic growth.
To follow the success and impact of the WOMEN collection, sign up to our mailing listand follow us social media. For more information or to speak directly with our team, please feel free to email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
We collaborate as an entire team, combining design and production priorities
Our design and sourcing processes are inter-linked. Sometimes we design and then source fabrics we wish to produce in, and other times we discover fabric we love and can create accordingly, quickly.
Meticulously designed for everyday wear, focusing on quality above all else.
You inspire us -- our #DorsuCrew. We love talking to you and learning about what you do, what you need, and how clothing fits into your life. Every day, we meet fellow travellers from around the globe, visiting us during their holidays in Kampot. They buy Dorsu for our quality; withstanding weeks or months of adventures. When they return home, they have their go-to essentials for work, weekends, and holidays.
We make our own rules and don't abide by trends, mass consumption or over-production. By investing our time and talent into thoughtful design, we'll create pieces that will be mainstays in your closet.
Our patterns are made in-house by our Co-Founder and Head of Production & Design, Kunthear. With years of experience and training, she opts for the traditional method of measuring and cutting paper to transform concepts into complete, graded patterns.
Each year, we release new collections of carefully-selected, exciting designs in limited edition colours. Sitting alongside is our Core Collection, available year-round in beloved neutrals.
The first step in the cutting process is washing the fabric, to test shrinkage and colour fastness. Our cutter, Samorn, cuts paper patterns from the originals, laying them on the material in a way that minimises wastage. Cutting up to 25 layers at a time, we bundle each piece according to size.
The cut and bundled pieces are then moved into the production room and delegated along the production line. It’s fast and straightforward, ensuring we create consistent end-products.
The sewn products are washed and individually measured against their specifications, checking they’re true-to-size.
The final step in production is ironing and the second check for shrinkage, warping, and construction or fabric faults. The final garments are folded, packed and stored for sale. Some are moved directly into our studio store (located at the front of our production space), while others go to our flagship store in Kampot, or sent to Tasmania for international retail.
All production staff undergo extensive training and skills development to ensure safe, efficient and quality work by all team members. We train all new staff on our internal Human Resources policy, including occupational health & safety procedures, fire safety and evacuation, and child protection. We update and renew training annually, with ongoing instruction on equipment safety and maintenance, as well as the protocols to assess risk and responsibly address incidents in the workplace.
Fair and safe employment is the responsibility of all companies, and we prioritise the physical and emotional wellbeing of our employees above everything else.
We have two storefronts in Kampot, Cambodia: at the Old Market and the front of our Road 33 production studio, led by our Retail Sales Manager. All team members take part in quarterly training on our new ranges -- design, material, and styling -- and relay customer feedback to the design team.
Also, if you live and work in Cambodia, our In-Store Retail Team are the people organising in-country delivery, answering your messages, and calling couriers to make sure your package arrives safely and timely.
We ship our Australia and international orders from Australia. However, our E-Commerce Manager works in our Kampot production studio, making sure our international customers can have the same experience as you were to visit us in person.
We welcome your feedback and are open to answering any questions you may have about sizing, construction, material, or our production practices.
We ship all bulk orders from our Road 33 production studio. Most of the time, these are made-to-order. As a result of having a close-knit team, we can offer a seamless buying experience. Our sales staff speak to our Production Manager, face-to-face so that you can have the most accurate updates on the status of your order.
Our fabric is remnant cotton jersey sourced from independent suppliers in Phnom Penh.
Remnant fabric (also known as "deadstock" or "surplus") is unused and unwanted leftover rolls of cloth in its original condition.
As a result of Cambodia’s pervasive garment manufacturing industry and issues that occur along the fashion industry’s incredibly complex supply chain, vast amounts of fabric are deemed unusable by brands on a daily basis. This waste arises due to reasons such as incorrect or oversupply of cloth, last minute changes in production schedules and the ever-increasing need for brands to be immediately responsive and adaptive to fashion trends.
These fabric leftovers are sold on from brands and factories to a local fabric supply industry, who then sell on through the Cambodian supply chain. We scour the warehouses of our preferred suppliers and purchase rolls of fabric per kilogram. When sourcing for our collections, we buy up to 100 kilograms of a collection colour (like burgundy) and up to 300 kilograms of a core colour (like black and navy).
Due to the nature of sourcing factory remnants, we can't guarantee consistency in the fabric blends. Consequently, we burn-test every fabric we buy to ensure it has very little or no synthetic fibres.
We pre-wash a sample of every new fabric, testing for colour fastness and shrinkage.
We know that using factory remnants has limitations. We know we can’t trace the true origins of our material. But, we are doing what we can, within the context in which we work. Cambodia doesn't have cotton mills or weaving facilities so, we are limited by access. As a small brand, we experience financial barriers of meeting minimum order quantities of suppliers outside of Cambodia and then importing fabric into the country. We are acutely aware of our impact on the local economy, and we choose to place our money where it has the most significant impact.
All Dorsu team members are required to read, understand, sign and abide by our internal human resource policy that is inclusive of: