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Jacobs Well

Oil Mill Road, 9th Cross, Opp. Deepa Bakery
St. Thomas Town Post
Bangalore 560-084
Main Contact
Brenda Sheil
Tel: +91 (0)80 48662613

Key products/services

Fair-trade fashion production unit.


Jacobs Well is an international fair trade fashion production house, transforming the lives of India’s urban poor. The company creates sustainable employment by tailoring to your luxury fashion and accessories needs.

Jacobs Well bespoke fair trade CMT unit is supported by a UK team.
We offer sampling and small run production for new, emerging high end designers and small business startups.
We produce luxury and mainstream womenswear, bridalwear, childrenswear, school uniforms and accessories.

Both local and international markets are included (UK, Ireland, USA, Australia, Hong Kong and Holland)

Jacobs Well invests in skill development and earning capability of vulnerable women from urban slum communities of India, enabling them to lead independent lives.

Situated in the heart of three major slum communities in Bangalore, we offer excellent working conditions and provide tailoring training courses coupled with the provision to complete their 10th and 12th exams, computer classes and English studies.

Jacobs Wells hopes to train and support more individuals within other vulnerable communities and roll out production units.

Ethical Certification/Memberships

  • WFTO member

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Ethical Focus & Policy

Success stories from one of the original batches of Jacobs Well trainees:

Lydia Sundar left school at age of 14 as she found the all-English studies difficult when her mother tongue was Tamil. Then someone introduced her to Jacobs Well. She now heads up all production in Bangalore.

Priya Kuttiyan who failed her 10th standard exams (equivalent to GCSE) is now in charge of all the training within slum communities. Priya Kuttiyan was instrumental in the development of a training programme in Chennai after the Tsunami in 2004, which had a devastating effect on many livelihoods, particularly those in the fishing trade. She was asked by the Bishop of India to provide training to these individuals and Jacobs Well introduced its tailoring training to groups of 20 women, offering others crafts courses.

Having items produced in a fair trade CMT is higher than industry standards, as a fair trade unit our staff are paid above minimum wage, enjoy benefits of health care plans and limited working hours while our membership of fair trade organisations WFTO raises our overheads.

To sustain the women’s livelihoods we have increased our minimum orders as it is not cost effective to work always on small orders.

Irish Designer Ursula Celano, wanted her products produced in a fair trade CMT given her orders to Jacobs Well after formerly trading solely with China.

It’s fantastic for us to work with larger quantities, collaborating on 3,200 conference bag order was the biggest order to date for Jacobs Well.

These larger, more sustainable orders have enabled us to gain some security and make improvements to both the unit and the benefits that we’re able to offer the women we work with.


Contact Info


Pricing information

Production prices vary depending on complexity of production.
Additional costs for sampling and if the client places an order there is a reduction fee on the sample.

Minimum order criteria


Maximum order criteria

5000 units for a basic product

Typical Product lead times

2-3 weeks

Closest shipping ports

Chennai and Mumbai Shipping Ports. Delivery by Air Freight, Sea Freight and Indian Post