We are delighted to announce that we have achieved our 2020 target of sourcing all of our new fabrics from sustainable and ethical producers. We have always used vintage and deadstock materials but up until recently, have struggled to find textile merchants who produced reorderable sustainable textiles for our capsule collection. Now, with climate crisis bringing urgency to the business of sustainable fashion solutions, we have found the materials we need more are readily available than ever before. The challenge then was to find materials with traceable ethics, as well as solid sustainable credentials. And as 2020 draws to a close, we have achieved our goal.
Sustainability and ethics in fashion are complex and often intertwined. There is no perfect solution for producing clothing and accessories, however we strive to do as much as we can to produce items that meet three main goals. We chose these goals as we feel they make the most difference to our planet and the people on it.
- Quality and classic style. We believe that items which last for years and don't go out of fashion are to be cherished and not cast aside. Meaning fewer items being produced.
- Natural fibres. We opt for natural fibres over synthetic as we feel strongly that microfibre pollution is a serious problem, both for the planet and the people on it.
- Ethical production. We want to know that no workers were exploited in the production of our products. We make everything in house so that products themselves are ethically made, we want to know that those who make our fabrics are treated fairly, respectfully and are kept safe from harm.
Each individual product has details of the materials we have used. Here's a run down of what we used:
Our jersey tops are made from a blend of GOTS certified organic cotton and Oeko-Tex 100 certified bamboo with a hint of elastane to help durability. Produced in Turkey by a company who grow most of their own raw materials and produce a significant amount of their own electricity.
The linen we use is Oeko-Tex certified and produced in Eastern Europe. Exactly where in Europe, varies slightly but a lot of it is made in the same facility as our jersey fabric.
We will also be using wool produced by a mill in the North of England. The mills produce a percentage of their own electricity, are members of Woolmark, Campaign for Wool and BSI. They are also strong advocates of sustainable and ethical apparel production, with recycling initiatives and programs encouraging sustainability in fashion design. Where we need a lining to pair with the wool, we will be using bamboo silk, another Oeko-Tex 100 certified textile, made from bamboo but with the texture of silk.
If you would like to know more or have any questions about our products, please get in touch via our Contact Page.