Ethics

Unique:

Indigo fabrics drying in the sun in Morocco. Credit: Flickr

Indigo fabrics drying in the sun in Morocco. Credit: Flickr

Everything is made to order. The great thing is that your piece is unique: it'll be made to your exact measurements rather than just to your general size.

The downside is that you'll have to use your imagination and my sketches to visualise yourself in these pieces! Once you've chosen a design you like, we'll pick a fabric and colours that match your style exactly. 

Ethically-Sourced:

If I can't trace its production transparently and fully, I don't use it. Wherever I can support women in the developing world, I do. 

All my fabrics are sourced directly from producers who dictate their own terms and their own prices. Nothing is mass-produced in a factory, unless that factory promotes ethical values, allows its employees to unionise, etc.

This involves cultivating relationships with specific cooperatives, textile traders, ethical wholesalers, and smaller shops. I partner with them where possible to promote our shared vision, so you'll also see their work popping up on the blog. 

All the notions (materials like zips, buttons, and threads) are sourced online directly from producers. The zips use organic cotton, buttons are handmade out of natural materials, and the threads are naturally-dyed and handspun onto wooden spools. 

Transparent:

I share all the information I have. You'll know exactly where everything that went into your piece came from. I'll share the cultural story behind your item's design, the story of the people who made the fabric, all of it. 

That includes information about production techniques, and my partners. And there'll be lots of info on textile anthropology too! It is interesting, I promise.

Eco-friendly:

All of my work contributes in some way to a zero-waste and circular economy. No plastic is used in any of my work - even in the packaging of products I buy online. No synthetic materials are used in any of the fabrics, so everything is bio-degradable.

Because everything is made to order specifically for each customer, there's also no waste or excess fabric, or rails of clothing taking up space in a warehouse.

If alternative fibres - such as lyocell - are used but the fabric hasn't been spun, dyed, or traded ethically, that still counts as a win and I will still support it. But I will also be clear about what it doesn't provide. 

I also use deadstock fabrics. These are the final few metres on bolts of fabric, often disposed of (or burned!) by large fashion houses. These may not be ethically created, but in salvaging them, our environmental impact is lower.

Fair Trade:

Everything I create is made entirely by me - the designs, patterns and your clothes. 

I charge a fair wage for my work and for the higher costs of these materials. But I also know that price is the biggest deterrent from slow fashion, so I try to be fair to you too so rates are competitive with the high street.