December 13, 2018


WEConnect International is proud to partner with certified women’s business enterprise Redwood Classics Apparel to support women entrepreneurs around the globe. Utilizing the #PayItForwardFriday call-to-action, Redwood Classics is committing to donate 10% of online sales profits to WEConnect International every Friday leading up to International Women’s Day on March 8th, 2019.

“We are thrilled to see our community of women-owned businesses pay it forward,” says WEConnect International CEO & Co-Founder Elizabeth Vazquez. “Redwood Classics’ generous donation showcases the power of women-owned businesses to drive economic development both globally and within their local communities.”

While women make or influence the vast majority of purchasing decisions, women-owned businesses are continually underrepresented in global value chains.  Today, women continue to earn, on average, less than one percent of the trillions of dollars spent on global procurement. WEConnect International’s network of certified and self-registered women-owned businesses are working to change that by championing a global movement to put more money into the hands of women.

“Each community initiative, each opportunity for advocacy, is a chance to have an impact,” says Kathy Cheng, President & Founder, Redwood Classics Apparel. “This partnership with WEConnect International allows us to pay it forward and dedicate our craft to other women globally. We are grateful for this partnership.”

Online purchases to benefit #PayItForwardFriday can be found at Redwood Classics Apparel’s website.

About WEConnect International

WEConnect International is a 501(c)(3) organization that identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women’s business enterprises based outside of the U.S. that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women, and then connects them with multinational corporate buyers. WEConnect International members represent over $1 trillion in annual purchasing power and a deep commitment to supplier development and inclusive sourcing. The result is a network of corporate buyers working with women business owners based in over 100 countries that are learning, collaborating and winning billions of dollars in new business. For more information, please visit the website here.

About Redwood Classics Apparel

Backed by over three decades of experience, Redwood Classics Apparel is one of Canada’s leading boutique manufacturer of premium retail and designer apparel programs, and a Tier 2 supplier of premium branded merchandise. With a focus on people over profit, Redwood Classics is steadfastly committed to combatting offshoring, putting Canada on the map as a leading destination for premium apparel manufacturing. Their clothing can be found through global retailers and branded agencies across North America, Japan, and Europe.

As a proud supporter of supplier diversity and corporate social responsibility, Redwood Classics holds certifications from WEConnect International, WBE Canada, and the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC) and is also a member of the Advertising Specialty Institute® (ASI) and the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI).

For more information, visit  www.RedwoodClassics.net

For media information, photos, or interview requests:


Edward Chow

Redwood Classics Apparel

Tel: 1-416-754-9800