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.
about our fabrics
Viscose - 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.
Cashmere - 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.
Cotton - 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.
BCI Cotton (Better Cotton Initiative) - A number of our products are made from sustainable cotton that has been sourced through the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), a not-for-profit organisation that promotes better standards in cotton farming and practices, and reduces the use of harmful chemicals. Check the product descriptions to see which products are made using BCI cotton.
Merino Wool - 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.
Lyocell - Also known as Tencel, lyocell is a sustainable, plant-based fabric made from raw cellulose extracted from wood pulp, which is broken down by non-toxic, recyclable chemicals and spun into fibres. Commonly derived from eucalyptus trees, which grow quickly, without irrigation and virtually any pesticides (in some cases, bamboo, oak and birch trees are also used), lyocell is 100% biodegradable and compostable.
To learn more about how best to care for our fabrics, please read here
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 either collected by a local carrier company for reuse, or 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