PRODUCTION & ETHICS
A good chef starts with good ingredients – it’s the same for clothes. We use only high-quality fabrics and production methods that are kind to the planet, and factories that respect their employees. We strive to minimise our impact on the environment as we bring you your favourite styles in the colours you love. And in contrast to the trend for fast fashion, our high-quality clothes are designed to last, wear after wear, wash after wash, season after season.
We work with small, family-run factories in Portugal and Turkey, where great care is taken over staff working conditions. For them, quality means a supply chain that they can guarantee, where small batches of clothes can be produced to exacting standards. Our designers maintain a close working relationship with the factory team and visit each season.
From merino to cashmere, we take great efforts to ensure the fabrics we use are of the highest quality, and produced using sustainable practices.
We use the highest-quality Lenzing viscose from Austria - an eco-friendly cellulose fibre produced from the replenishable raw material of wood. There are strict governmental controls in place concerning the recycling and disposal of waste to limit the environmental impact which arises from the chemical processing of viscose.
We use the finest combed cotton, with long staples; the longer the hairs, the better the wash-wear characteristics. The majority of our cotton is grown in Turkey, and is sourced by the factory owner. As a former textile trader, he will not compromise on the quality or provenance of the yarn he buys.
Our cashmere gauze stoles are sourced from the Himalayan mountain goat and produced in a small, family-run factory in Nepal. The goats live in small herds, roaming freely in the mountains with their herder. They are not shorn, like sheep, and the yarn is only combed out in warmer weather when they start to moult. Our supplier Cocowai works closely with the local community in Nepal and is involved in several charitable projects. You can read about these here.
Our merino supplier is Südwolle Group, whose production sites are certified to ISO 9001; some of their products are certified with GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard), Bluesign, Oeko-Tex 100, IVN Best and EU eco-flower.
Südwolle runs the family-operated Merino Sheep Farm in southeastern Australia under strict environmental methods. The sheep are non-mulesed; the fleeces are spun into yarn at a factory in Italy, before being knitted into our designs in Portugal.
We take our environmental responsibility very seriously and are always looking at new improved ways to minimise our impact on the planet.
Bags sent out to our customers are made of LDPE 4 plastic (low-density polyethylene) and are fully recyclable at many supermarkets and recycling centres. Our catalogues are suitable for kerbside paper recycling. Boxes containing new stock from the factories are reused in our warehouse and any surplus boxes are collected by a local carrier company for reuse. They are also used to send out large customer orders.
We have new compressing machines that crush all our cardboard, paper and plastic bags on site and turn them into compacted bales which are then collected monthly for recycling. It’s all part of our wider green initiative to reduce our carbon footprint.
Any unsold clothing is donated to New Life, a charity which supports disabled children. They recycle goods from many major companies in their stores around the country. You can read about their work on their website www.newlifecharity.co.uk