Bread and Roses Design Company is an independent small company. Four women decided to go into business together after yet another evening of talking about how many large corporations were treating their workers so poorly with low pay and harsh working conditions. Another topic of conversation they kept returning to was how some luxury items were becoming ridiculously expensive.
So, sitting around the kitchen table they said ‘We can do better than that’ and they decided to take a leap of faith.
And now they are hand making candles in their kitchens and sewing in their sitting rooms.
The aim of Bread and Roses is to create a homeware collection that is tasteful, luxurious and yet affordable.
The company name was inspired by Rose Schneiderman (1882 -1972), an American Labour activist, who worked tirelessly for nearly half a century to improve wages, hours and safety standards. She gave a speech in 1912, which stated
“What the woman who labours wants is the right to live, not simply exist – the right to life as the rich woman has the right to life, and the sun and music and art. You have nothing that the humblest worker has not a right to have also. The worker must have bread, but she must have roses too”.
Bread and Roses Design Company think that all workers should be paid fairly and work in good comfortable conditions. They source all their materials ethically and work with the best quality of materials and ingredients.
They are still enjoying what they do.