Zady was founded in 2013 by Soraya Darabi and Maxine Bédat and is based in New York City. Darabi and Bédat had been high school classmates and during that time had considered where products come from and how laborers were treated.
In August 2014, Zady launched its own private label, rolling out products one by one starting with a sweater.
Zady offers products which emphasize ethical consumerism and supply chain transparency. Primarily, Zady sells consumer goods from companies who have been researched and affirmed for using ethical practices in sourcing and production. Zady also shares these individual companies' stories on its website.
For instance, one initiative of Zady's, "Sourced In," attempts to make transparent every node in each product's production and supply. As part of this initiative, Zady has announced plans to create its own "Made in USA" label.