Nordstrom's Piece & Co. gives back

A new Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN) line supporting artisan craftsmen in developing countries is slated for launch March 9. The line, part of a collaboration with global artisanal retailer Piece & Co. will feature a collection of apparel and accessories made by artisans from around the world.

The collection will showcase dresses, tops, shorts and handbags made in countries such as India, Mexico and Zambia, to name a few.

The department store retailer's new altruistic line features designers such as Tory Burch, Alice + Olivia, Diane von Furstenberg, Current/Elliott, Rebecca Minkoff, The Honest Company and Theory, reported Women's Wear Daily.

Kathleen Wright founded Piece & Co. in 2011 as a way to provide employment opportunities for female artisans. The organization has created thousands of jobs in more than 30 countries by recruiting artisanal co-ops to produce unique fabrics that reflect cultures around the world.

"We're passionate about creating something beautiful and fashion-forward so that brands feel it's a win-win," Wright told Women's Wear Daily. "It's been my dream to see our fabrics used to interpret Tory [Burch's] aesthetic and Diane [von Furstenberg's] aesthetic."

Nordstrom + Piece & Co. will be featured in 35 stores for four weeks, as well as online at In total, the collection includes 32 pieces. New items from each designer will rotate every season.

This announcement comes one week after the department store announced it would spend $1.2 billion this year on e-commerce and new stores. To accommodate the increase in inventory, the company is building a distribution center in Pennsylvania, which was announced as part of a $79 million investment when construction on it began last year.

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