Adila Cokar is a media-acclaimed, award-winning serial entrepreneur and author of the recently released book, Source My Garment – The Insider’s Guide to Responsible Offshore Marketing (Publishing Company, 2019). She has over a decade of experience working closely with offshore factories, as well as partnering with and building businesses within the fashion industry. Her expertise includes sustainable product development, offshore manufacturing processes, end-to-end management, and business strategy.
Adila regularly travels to her manufacturer’s sites, working with vendors, and helping improve production processes. Her production factories often support their local community, including Assisi Garments Ltd., based in India, which provides funds to the local orphanage to support children and education.
Founded in 2014, Source My Garment is a bridge between fashion brands and garment factories, empowering designers to help minimize costs but still sell responsibly made products. The company also offers guides, templates, coaching, and online courses to help all levels of designers succeed.
Adila founded her first clothing company, Shortstak Childrenswear Inc, in 2003 in Vancouver. She then went on to work in New York with larger companies, as a project manager with clients including Walmart, Rampage, Sundance Channel, Aeropostale, JC Penny, and Kohls. In 2008, she launched her second company, Pure Blankz Organic Fashion, certified in sustainable and ethical manufacturing standards by Green America, donated to 1% for the Planet and was a member of The Organic Trade Association. In 2019 she has launched The Good Tee, Fairtrade cotton certified customizable apparel.
She holds a degree in Fashion Design and Technology and has been featured in Apparel Magazine, Sourcing Journal, Women’s Wear Daily, Just-Style, and more. In 2015 Cokar was nominated for the Social for Good Award through the Women in Biz Network.
Adila’s mission is to remind the world that garment factories are not run by machines; they are run by people. It is her goal to humanize factories and the value of their products. Together, designers, factories, and consumers can all be part of a triple bottom line: Profit. Planet. People.