Behind the Brand: FashionABLE

The team at ABLE is 96% women, who are all paid living wages with the lowest-paid worker starting at $14/hour. 

 Behind the Brand

ABLE / Nashville, TN. 


Citizen Supply exists to support the people that are behind the product. Investing endless amounts of time and energy daily into creating something meaningful for the world. We believe when small businesses unite, something really BIG happens.  

Today, we're taking a deeper look at the man behind the brand ABLE. Barrett Ward founded ABLE to promote ethical fashion in today's usually fast-paced fashion world and empowers women by employing them to end the cycle of poverty.

Q: What is the why of the brand? 

A: ABLE is an ethical fashion brand that employs and empowers women as a solution to end poverty. We're deeply devoted to quality - both in the product we make and the quality of life we aim to provide. We invest in, train, and educate women so they can earn a living wage, break the cycle of poverty, and thrive. 

Q: Where are you based?

A: Nashville, Tennessee. 

Q: What is your favorite food?

A: Nashville hot chicken, of course!

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Founder, Barrett Ward, with wife Rachel, and their four children in front of their home.

Q: What is the team at ABLE like?

A: Our team is 96% women. Our main offices, jewelry manufacturing, and the shipping warehouse are in Nashville. We work with entrepreneurs and artisans all over the world to produce our products. Internally, we have 86 employees, and with our partners, we impact thousands more women around the world. 

Q: What's a favorite drink around the office?

A: Iced coffee - you will find this ALL over our office! 

Q: What do you want to see more of in the world?

A: Women empowered and paid a living wage. To us, this is ultimately the quickest way to end generational poverty. 

Q: Describe your brand in just two words.


Our favorite ABLE products:


"We're deeply devoted to quality."

One of ABLE's jewelry artisans in their Nashville studio.


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