We are super picky about our suppliers and who we partner with to manufacture our garments.
There is so much information out about sustainability, it's overwhelming.
Not all info you read is as accurate as we would hope.
We are in a constant state of updating, learning and improving wherever we can on the subjects of considered production of garments that are designed for the long run.
Both our long term working relationships, and all new suppliers and partners alike are regularly updating our ongoing queries on the best practices available with the most recent information at hand.
We ask questions often and update as best we can with every opportunity. Making our very best decisions for our own conscience and for yours, when you invest in our pieces.
We are not here to call out any other businesses and their practices, we do not believe in branding that appears to boo boo others to better our own image.
We currently create our beautiful pieces in 3 regions;
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To avoid unnecessary additional travel of fabric and trims we consciously design with our carbon footprint in mind, and always prefer to source in the same region as each manufacturer, as best we can and where ever possible.
We are not a big enough company to order directly from the fabric mills at this stage or to grow our own crops, as such require very high minimums to do so (at the time of writing) but we can and do align ourselves with businesses and people that sell fabric and trims, who appear to care.
The bad news is, it's garment suppliers favourite sellable gimmick to advertise 'organic' products. The good thing is that the demand is lead entirely by consumers, so the more you guys care about what's right, the supply chain is more willing to go where the customers are.
Before the global travel restrictions began in March 2020, we would visit our manufacturing teams in India and Vietnam, 6 times a year. Where there is a big responsibility in taking that many flights a year, we have been very thankful not to fly at all and therefore reducing our carbon emissions since
the pandemic paused our travel. In future, when or if we do have to travel again, we will be offsetting that carbon emission by funding projects that directly impacts atmospheric CO2 levels.
We are very lucky to live close by (just a few blocks!) to our Indonesian production partners, and we visit there by motorbike a few times a week (and this is also calculated in our carbon omissions that we offset).
We do not own our own factories. We do ask every factory owner a list of questions regarding the employees wages, health care, living situation, contracted work hours, and we request to meet as many employees ourselves face to face on visits to location. This is not a one time query it is an ongoing part of our working relationship with suppliers and manufacturers. All contracts with production partners are paid in full before collection of our production.
We enter agreements with the factories and their owners with the understanding that priority is their employees well-being, where they are well paid, and appropriate care and support is provided for their work. This positive work environment has been validated with the aforementioned visits and the constant queries regarding updates on working conditions.
We do not reduce the prices of our clothing to the point that people who are making them are not being paid. If our pieces ever go on sale, it does not reflect the price we paid for them, we just made no margin. To reiterate we ensure our manufacturing teams are operating in safe and comfortable environments and are being paid well for their talent,
time and efforts.