About Us


2019 New Initiatives

2019 marks our 10th year of business and begins two new and important steps on our brand journey. The first toward anti-domestic violence. The second toward environmental sustainability. The initiatives stem from our genuine story and our progression as an independent American brand.

Anti-Domestic Violence

We envision a community free of domestic abuse and seek to raise awareness and aid victims of domestic violence. This purpose aligns closely with the personal story of our Founder and CEO, Charlotte Hale.

Domestic violence and abuse do not discriminate. They affect people of all races, ages, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic backgrounds, education levels and can occur in marriages and relationships. On average, nearly twenty people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States; in a single year, nearly 10 million. Additionally, 1 in 4 women have been victims of severe abuse by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

We have partnered with the National Domestic Violence Hotline to help support and shift power back to individuals affected by relationship abuse. We are committed to developing innovative programs, strategies and practices to help achieve this mission and vision.

In coordination with The Hotline, we’re also dedicated to supporting loveisrespect.org to engage, educate and empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships.

Our programming is currently emerging and will include but is not limited to the sharing of Charlotte’s story, Los Angeles based story-sharing events and connection points as well a percentage of proceeds of Select products and via select weekends, weeks, months and more.

We have also partnered with  Knock Out Abuse West, and numerous women’s shelters including Haven Hills to help and provide resources to women affected by domestic violence. In doing so, it is our aim to further build and foster awareness and participation in the cause.

In coordination with Knock Out Abuse West, we are developing programming including but not limited to proceed sharing and events and Buy One Gift One weekend wherein product is donated to Haven Hills and womens shelters nationally.

We are committed to developing a wide range of programs and practices to assist individuals affected by relationship abuse. We will provide continued updates as each evolves.

Our Environment and Sustainability

Our vision is to positively impact and preserve the planet to achieve a new normal within the consumer mindset. Our goals are far-reaching, and our challenges are expansive and complex. We aim to be transparent as we evolve along our journey to sustainability.

Waste

Global clothing production has doubled in the last 15 years to over 100 billion garments a year. Of this, only one percent of garments are recycled.

In 2019, we are committed to reducing fashion waste and preventing environmental destruction. Our goal is to shift consumer thinking to do more with less and to rely on a wardrobe of beautiful quality pieces that can worn and loved for many years.

  1. Our brand philosophy and signature aesthetic has long focused on timelessness, quality and longevity; we have avoided transient trends and traditional seasons by producing edited and thoughtful collections and do not prolong cycles of waste.
  2. We strive to create garments that are versatile and multi-task and double-up with multi-functionality and purpose.
  3. We aim to create quality garments at an affordable price that are crafted with precision, integrity and consideration. This includes the selection of high-quality fabric, the weight of the fabric, the garment lining and the actual time taken to construct a garment that can survive many seasons and wears.
  4. We strive to create garments that are versatile and multi-task and double-up with multi-functionality and purpose.
  5. We support Slow Fashion which encourages the consumer to buy less garments at a higher quality, made from sustainable processes, less often.

We also endeavor to offer recycling and upcycling opportunities as well as resourceful charitable donations to those in need.

  1. We have created the PPS Upcycle Bar to offer our fabric scraps as usable, sew-able pieces.
  2. We have partnered with thredUp to offer recycling opportunities to our clients.
  3. We have also partnered with our anti-domestic violence partners to recycle overstock items to women in need.

Finally, we aim to reduce waste outwardly by eliminating excess and ensuring packaging within our products and shipments is reusable and necessity only. We are mindfully working to address additional sustainable packaging options in addition to the current.

  1. Our custom mailers are 100% recyclable.
  2. Our corrugated boxes are100% recyclable.
  3. Priority boxes are created from post-consumer waste products and are 100% recyclable.
  4. Any inserts are made from 100% recycled materials and are 100% recyclable.
  5. Excess paper, popcorn or other materials are not included.

Fabric

We have quietly begun our journey of fabric sustainability and are progressing further toward fabric variations, options and upcycled fabrics.

Currently, 85% of our printed rayon is crafted via digital inkjet technology using eco-friendly dyes. This means our print process preserves water and energy and dyes are minimally used, free of heavy metals like chrome, copper and zinc and do not require chemicals to affix them to the fiber. Additionally, this process eliminates environmentally damaging water run-off.

Our factory is certified by AMFORI.

Our sustainable production efforts continue to progress and will be updated as such.

Fair and Ethical Production

We are committed to offering a high-quality, beautiful product in a fair and ethical way. We respect the makers of our garments and can proudly say our global factories and production processes are verified to be ethical and fair.

  1. Our factories pay each maker above the legal wage and allow for voluntary overtime only.
  2. Our factories provide a clean, safe and healthy work environment for all.
  3. Our factories do not engage in child labor.
  4. Our factories are governed by independent certification bodies who make annual site inspections.

Additionally, we are often touched by happenings in our country and across the globe. We have also assisted:

Ronald McDonald House Charities
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Methodist Hospital
Containers of Hope
One Love Malibu
And many more

What is YOUR Pretty?

“For many years, I referenced the Plum Pretty Sugar brand as my first child. Now, a decade in, I realize the brand is not something of me, it is me. With that comes the evolvement of my personal story and the progression of my beliefs comprehensively tied to the business.”
-Charlotte Hale, Founder + CEO

Alongside Charlotte, we ask and encourage to share your story. What’s important, what’s significant, what’s meaningful, what’s impactful, what’s real right now. We ask that you tag #plumprettysugar alongside the word “pretty.”

Right now, #PlumPrettySugar is:

#prettythankful
#prettyimperfect
#prettyexcited
#prettystrong
#prettyready

 Please join us in taking these steps.

 Domestic abuse? Need help? Call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)