Open Arms Studio Mission:
Provide sewing training and living wage work for refugees creating high-quality soft goods for private-label designers.
What do we do?
Open Arms Studio is a textile manufacturer offering advanced sewing training and employing refugees in Austin, Texas, at a fair-wage. We offer like-minded socially and environmentally conscious brands the opportunity to make Open Arms part of their story. By becoming a partner, companies can not only add the value of local US-Made manufacturing to their brand, but simultaneously can help support refugees through safe, dignified employment. Open Arms manufacturing practices ensure a top-quality product through a highly skilled production team.
We work with numerous designers for projects of varying sizes that have included home goods, bags, apparel, baby wraps and utilitarian items like covers for car seats and yoga mats. We are proud of our year-round partnerships with global home goods retailer IKEA and local socially conscious designers Miranda Bennett Studio, Newton Supply Company and Smitten Wovens. We were IKEA's first US-based social enterprise partner and have been producing for all Texas IKEA stores since 2015. As of early 2018, we expanded to partnering with additional IKEAs in Tennessee and Florida, to total eight stores.
Want to Become a Production Partner?
Please submit this Partnership Inquiry Form.
How we Advance our Triple Bottom Line
As a social enterprise, we are committed not only to financial sustainability, but also to improving the lives of community members and conserving natural resources.
- Qualified refugee trainees receive free industrial sewing training to prepare for employment.
- Refugee apprentices receive up to 400 hours of paid, on-the-job training.
- All fabric waste is sent to a fabric recycler or reused in our upcycled greeting cards.
Questions? Please email us at info@theopenarmsshop.
Interested in sewing training?
To qualify for free industrial sewing training, refugee candidates must:
Demonstrate self-confidence & a willingness to learn
Show attention to detail and a desire to create a well-sewn item
Have previous sewing experience on a home or industrial sewing machine
Be able to sew in a straight line with correct hand and foot control
Be able to understand basic directions in English
Be interested in and able to perform a job if selected for employment at Open Arms
Email us through the form to the left to learn more.