'Women-owned businesses' may be a hot topic right now, but from the beginning - over 25 years ago! - Marlies had a very clear goal: to make a product for women, by women. A product that would not only empower the women who wore it, but also the women involved in making it. Since then, we have built a number of precious relationships with women all along our supply chain, based on mutual love, respect and empowerment. You know what they say: empowered women empower women... who in turn empower more women! And when it comes to sustainability, our partners in Asia have played a particularly big role. Having their ear to the ground - or should I say, factory floor? - these women have been able to explore and apply a number of sustainable solutions, from digital textile printing to recyclable packaging. Not to mention the way they have empowered the women working for them! Time to put the spotlight on five heroes of our 'empowerment chain'.