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Soko: Reimagining the Supply Chain  

Meeting consumer demand for sustainably produced fashion products that are also ethically made remains an industrywide challenge. But jewelry maker Soko is pioneering in this area via a business model that reimagines the supply chain by leveraging cloud-based technology and mobile tools to deliver artisanal, handcrafted pieces made in Kenya for a global consumer.
The self-proclaimed “Ethical Fast Fashion” brand was founded in 2015 by Gwendolyn Floyd, Ella Peinovich and Catherine Mahugu with a business ethos centered on putting people first. So far, it’s paying off. The brand was recently featured in an Essence cover shoot of former first lady Michelle Obama. And on the financial front, Soko is currently in the midst of raising “Series A” financing.
As part of an ongoing series of executive interviews, Tim Boerkoel, founder of global executive search and strategic consulting firm The Brownestone Group, talks with Joanne Calabrese, chief executive officer of Soko, about the business model, its innovative approach to ethical production, and the employees and artisan-entrepreneurs at the center of the brand.
Tim Boerkoel: What was the impetus behind the founding of this groundbreaking brand, and how did you join the company?
Joanne Calabrese: On the surface, to most people, Soko is just another

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