Based in India

2nd Innings Handicrafts

A For-profit with social mission

How This Works

As part of the TRANSFORM Support Hub, you will learn how to advance your career while getting hands on experience with organizations like this one.

Organization Details

2nd Innings Handicrafts (2IH) is a creative manufacturing company based in Mumbai, India. We believe in growing brands that inspire change by giving people second chances. Incorporated in 2016, we are currently in the business of manufacturing and selling upcycled products - ready to wear clothing and accessories.

2IH is a zero-dividend social enterprise reinvesting 100% of its profits into the development of the business itself and in the uplifting of underprivileged women.

2IH wholly owns and manages the lifestyle brand I was a Sari.

I was a Sari is a Mumbai-meets-Milan fashion label making bold accessories and ready to wear from preloved Indian saris. It works with women from marginalized communities so that they can carve out a better future for themselves.

Impact Story

In a world where profit margins take absolute priority, I was a Sari sees things differently –taking an eco-ethical approach to fashion.

‘We don’t really believe there is a need for a new fashion brand but we do believe there is a need for one with a purpose – one that cares about people and our planet.’ – says Stefano.

Inspired by the works of Bangladeshi Nobel Laureate and the founder of Grameen Bank, Prof. Yunus, I was a Sari is implementing a sustainable, eco-friendly model which focuses on a ‘triple bottom line’ – constantly analysing its social, environmental and financial impact, and understanding the relationship each has with the others.

I was a Sari is a zero dividend initiative that invests all its profits back into developing the brand or to advancing their main cause – women empowerment.

I was a Sari sees itself as a proof of concept which can be replicated in countless other iconic fashion materials – turning them into something unique, new and soulful.

‘We see the opportunity to create an I.WAS upcycling movement.’ says Stefano. ‘There is potential here for the revival of countless other iconic designs – I was a Kimono, I was a Levi’s….’