These products use raw materials made up of plant-based fibres that are dyed naturally. Large amounts of fertiliser, pesticides and water resources are not part of its lifecycle. When this natural product goes to landfill, it will biodegrade at a fraction of the time it takes for synthetic textiles to break down. These products are also sustainable because the production process relies on natural, eco-friendly raw materials that can be grown, harvested and replanted. In contrast, synthetic textiles like polyester and vinyl are fully dependent on finite, non-renewable sources such as petroleum.
This product was made from beginning to end within one region, usually in a small workshop or atelier that has good working conditions and keeps local industry vibrant. Since the 1990s, manufacturing jobs in the fashion industry have seen a mass exodus to overseas "ready-made" units that lack skilled craftsmanship.
We work with producers who have specialized skills that are connected to traditional trades such leather in Italy or wool in Britain. The specific skills set associated with local industry have been passed down from generation to generation. Tradition and attention to detail offers a higher quality product that can't be replicated on a mass scale.
Skilled artisans create these handmade products in an atelier setting using traditional techniques that have been passed down through the generations. The brands we work with commission artisans in this cottage industry which results in local job creation.
Working in the traditional way helps to preserve local textile expertise and craftsmanship ensuring a cultural uniqueness that may otherwise be lost to mass production.
We collaborate with brands that uphold a fair business model. Our brands choose to produce in developing nations where they can make a difference to the local community. Together, we look at issues of transparency in their supply chain to ensure that a fair price is paid and that the products are made under safe working conditions.
This fair business model enables the small producers to improve the foundation of their overall situation, take control of their economic position and to grasp hold of the opportunity to be competitive at a global scale.
Creating new textiles requires intensive farming, production, manufacturing and shipping – this process uses up a lot of our natural resources. Upcycled materials use less water and less petroleum than new materials because they are being repurposed for appropriate use.
These products use pre-consumer waste or 'off-cuts' from the fashion industry which amounts to a significant volume of excess material supply from couture houses, textile mills and leather factories. Our brands integrate these materials that would otherwise go to waste.
Our vegan products are made from textiles that are animal friendly and not a by-product of the leather, wool and fur trade. The brands we showcase use alternatives that include waxed cotton, peace silk, bamboo and recycled plastic bottles.