Where we manufacture?
We go further, and we are dedicated to sustainable sourcing. We take time and consideration when choosing our suppliers, always visiting and building a relationship before we agree to do any production. We have built honest and trustworthy relationships with our suppliers over the years, so we know exactly who makes them and the conditions they are made under.
When looking at a new supplier our concerns are; ethical production, adult only labour, fair working conditions and practices, adequate social care for workers and fair remuneration. We require industry standard accreditation and audits where available and insist on practices which go further than fair trade.
Where we source our materials?
We source our fabrics and yarns from various leading fabric mills across the globe. From SS20 onwards our purchasing policy on new woven and jersey fabrics will involve using Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) accredited cotton only*.
Our knitwear yarns are purchased from Turkey and Italy and follow all ISO and OEKO-TEX standards. Where possible we purchase BCI cotton yarn, however we are sometimes restricted by the factory/mill minimum order quantities.
Where appropriate we also use recycled polyesters and organic cottons. For swimwear we are trailblazing a specialist fabric made from recycled plastic bottles. All plastic bottles labeled with #1 on the bottom have the same chemistry make-up as polyester known as PET (polyethylene terephthalate) allowing plastic bottle flakes to be transformed into fabric perfect for swimwear. This polyester fibre is made of 100% recycled plastic, comprised mostly of post-consumer plastic bottles.
All our buttons are strictly all non-plastic and have been since we launched. We use natural only buttons, including; mother of pearl, shell, coconut, wood, and corozo.
*Occasionally we may purchase ‘dead stock’ fabrics from mills where they have over produced quantities. We cannot guarantee if this will be BCI cotton, but by using cotton that would otherwise be wasted, we feel this is in some way a form of ‘up cycling’.