Nine is proud to have partnered with Sseko Designs, an ethical fashion brand based in Portland, OR that manufactures in Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia. Sseko was founded as a way to generate income for high potential, talented young women to continue on to university. Sseko has been able to support these women through creating manufacturing jobs in addition to scholarship funds to get them a college degree. Finding jobs for young women with the ambition to fund their own way through school is an all too common problem, which Sseko set out to solve through producing sandals and handbags.
Nine teamed up with Sseko Designs to assist in the brand's transition into closed toe footwear. For this project, we worked closely with the Sseko team exploring new sourcing opportunities in Ethiopia and helping establish the techniques and expertise to ensure a successful launch of Sseko's new footwear collection.