Kotn started with a simple—and in retrospect, naive—goal to create the perfect t-shirt, one that didn’t compromise on quality, price, or the integrity of the people who made it. A journey that took our Co-founder, Rami, on a trip back to his familial home of Egypt, where he found himself living in a cotton-farming community in the Nile Delta for six months. There, the first seed of Kotn was planted.
Now a certified B Corporation with the fourth-highest B Impact Score of apparel brands in North America, we’ve strengthened our mission to change the way the things we love are created and consumed: better for the people, and better for the planet. Grounded by the principles of considered design, relentless quality, honest value, and positive impact.
We believe in buying less and enjoying longer. A process of sustainability that starts with us creating considered, timeless designs that are built to last, and ends with you, caring for them for years to come.
Focussing on the finest natural fibres, which will biodegrade at the end of their lifecycle, we use an innovative ground-up approach, sourcing directly from the Better Cotton Initiative and small-family run farms in Egypt.
These fibres are then thoughtfully crafted into their final forms and delivered to you with the highest care for the environment—from limiting waste and resources and recycling water and materials, to utilizing only OEKO-TEX® non-toxic certified dyes and plastic-free packaging.
Community is at the core of everything we do at Kotn—we’ve even been voted B Corporation’s Best for the World™ in their Community category, an honour given to the top 5% of B Corp certified businesses, worldwide.
Through our ground-up approach to product creation, we’ve cut out the traditional middle-people, allowing us to create direct and personal relationships at every stage of our supply chain. In doing so, we’ve gained an intimate understanding of these communities’ needs and wants and how together we can best serve them.
Since day one, we’ve invested in the creation of jobs, infrastructure, systems, and education to alleviate poverty and create shared, sustainable growth for the communities we’re part of. With each life we touch, the impact is amplified, positively affecting the lives of their families, and their communities around them.
Currently, we work directly with 2,390 small-holder farmers, offering guaranteed pricing, subsidies and agricultural consultants to ensure their businesses can flourish.
Their biggest ask, however, has always been quality and accessible education for their children. So we started the ABCs Project. In partnership with a local NGO, with each Kotn order, we donate a portion of the proceeds to fund and build primary schools in the Nile Delta and Faiyum, Egypt. To date: we’ve funded 10 and built 7. With your help, we’re well on our way to the next.