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The Shirt Project Visits Villa Alta Gracia
By Allyson Grillot ‘14
Villa Altagracia is a tiny manufacturing town, not unlike the dozens of other communities scattered across the Dominican Republic that provide cheap labor to the clothing industry. What’s different about Villa Altagracia, however, is that it’s home to Alta Gracia, a subsidiary of Knights Apparel. Founded by Joe Bozich, Alta Gracia gained fame both in the Dominican Republic and abroad as the first and only T-shirt supplier to offer its workers a “living wage.” At over three times the standard local minimum wage, Alta Gracia’s generous compensation plan allows workers to afford...
A chat with TU’s Bookstore Manager Jim Hanley3.18.2013
For almost a decade, Jim has been the general manager for Temple’s Barnes and Noble university bookstore. Just so you know, this bookstore is one of the most successful stores that sells Alta Gracia apparel. We had the great opportunity...
The Traveling Alta Gracia Poster10.16.2012
Barnes and Noble at Rutgers University celebrated their grand opening last month, and with it came the signing of a giant Alta Gracia poster. This wasn’t just any poster though. During the event, students and customers alike...
University of Washington – September’s Alta Gracia Bookstore Champion!10.11.2012
By: Allie Dowling, Marketing Specialist We were lucky enough to sit down with the marketing & merchandising team at the University of Washington’s bookstore for a friendly and informative conversation on their success and support of...
Someone should have warned me that I would fall in love with Alta Gracia.9.20.2012
By: Stephanie Rendon When I was still in college I remember coming across a giant poster in the bookstore next to a bunch of Florida International University t-shirts. The poster featured a picture of a Hispanic woman named Maritza, and to the...
Alta Gracia on CBS “Big Brother 14”8.17.2012
Cheers to Ian Terry, a Tulane University student and CBS "Big Brother" cast member, for sporting his Alta Gracia shirt on the show. Looking good, Ian!
Artist Janet Essley Talks Presente: “She is Here with Us”8.17.2012
By: Janet Essley My mother taught me how to sew. It is a very useful skill. Many years ago I thought to translate that skill into artwork by making picture quilts. I started the first one with intentions to do it all "by hand". Several hours...
Worker Spotlight: Yenny Perez7.24.2012
Garment worker, Single mother of 4, Secretary of Finances of Alta Gracia’s union Yenny sits with her family in this picture. She's the one sitting in the middle. Living in my pueblo was tough, but finding a good job there was close to...
Behind the Seams7.8.2012
Check out these photos from a recent visit to Alta Gracia's factory in the Dominican Republic. We couldn't be more proud of the amazing workers that work behind the scenes to bring you living wage, union made college...
OSU Student Reflects on Alta Gracia6.18.2012
As an active member of Students for Fair Trade at Ohio State University and a volunteer with Global Gallery, a student-run store in the community, I am currently working to promote the buying of fair trade shirts throughout my campus and...
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