Sustainable fashion is an umbrella term used to describe environmentally conscious garment design and production. The terms eco-fashion or ethical fashion are also used to describe systems that promote reduced resource consumption and social responsibility. Slow fashion is a movement that reminds us to contemplate our impact on the environment and helps us to rethink the consumerist fashion cycle. Sustainability means different things to different companies and all sustainable initiatives need to be encouraged. Our approach to sustainability is multifaceted and a bit grand, but here's what sustainability means to us:
Sustainable design means doing everything we can to minimize our impact on the environment and.
We design clothes for modern women that are timeless and transitional, eliminating the need for consuming the latest fashion trends and clothes for every occasion. Our clients are on the go and need wardrobe essentials that take them from the studio to the show. We like to use the term sustainable wardrobe to describe our approach to dressing and appreciate when our clothes are as dynamic as we are.
We are so over fast fashion and cheaply made clothing. We focus on developing high quality garments that will last. The less we can contribute to the overwhelming amount of textile waste the better, so we try to develop clothes that don't fall apart after a couple washes.
We are very conscious of the life-cycle of our garments. While we focus on sustainable design and production, we want to make sustainable garment care easy for you. We encourage cold wash, shower steam clean, and multiple wears as the foundation of eco-friendly laundry routine. We work really hard to source fabrics that are easy to wash and wear. We practice the 80/20 rule of design and sometimes create garments that require eco-dry cleaning because also think dressing up should be fun*.
*Some luxurious fabrics require special care, i.e. silk, chiffon, and wool.
We use a combination of deadstock and sustainability sourced wholesale fabrics. We try to use significantly more natural fiber fabrics like cotton, linen, and wool than synthetic fabrics like polyester, rayon, & nylon. Sustainable fabric sourcing is one of the most time consuming aspects of our design process but we strive to make the best selections for the environment and for you.
We're striving for zero waste so we try to use our fabric scraps in clever ways. We use leftover fabric from our Angie T-shirt to make our sustainable panties. We also donate our fabric scarps to crafting circles and schools to use for their arts and crafts projects.
Recycle, Repurpose, & Rethink
We are environmentalists at heart. We recycle our paper, plastic, aluminum, and glass. We repurpose materials as best we can. We are rethinking the old systems and creating sustainable strategies for ethical garment production and care.
Made in LA
All of our clothes are made in LA. First, local construction greatly reduces pollution from overseas production because the garments don't have to across the Pacific after they've been made. Second, it allows for small batch production and we don't have to over produce our collections to meet minimums set by the factories in other countries. Third, we throughly vet our manufacturers to ensure their facilities are safe and their employees are treated with care. Finally, we support the local economy by paying local producers a fair-wage.
We believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. We are committed to providing a living wage that promotes a healthy work/life balance for our team. Social sustainability is a way for businesses to help elevate people and their communities through ethical business practices that benefit society and empower people.
We believe in community over competition. We want to support our creative friends by showcasing their work and partnering with like-minded entrepreneurs. We think buying local is the most sustainable way to support our community.
The most sustainable fashion business is resale because it extends the lifecycle of garments. So obviously we had to incorporate that into our business model. We've partnered with The Kit Vintage to sell a curated selection of designer vintage. We also accept submissions from you to resale your designer and/or vintage with us. Please read our resale policy and submit your items here.
We ship all of our orders in compostable, biodegradable, and recyclable shipping boxes. Again, we're aiming for zero-waste. EcoEnclose offers the best selection of eco-friendly packaging materials. To read more on the poly bag crisis and our solution, click here.
The only way we are going to shift the fashion industry towards responsible consumption and production is to share our experiences: victories & (yes) failures. We are committed to sharing our sustainable development, production, and fulfillment solutions for others to adopt. We are devoted to showing you the True Cost of each garment and connecting you with #WhoMadeMyClothes. Please follow along as we share our journey towards building a sustainable and ethical "fashion" business.
We are committed to never using animal fur or feathers in our original designs or selling products that do. Banning fur is easy for us because it is unnecessarily cruel and a bit tacky. Leather on the other hand is a bit more complicated for us. Leather is a by-product from our inhumane beef industry and cow are raised for their hide. We believe it is wasteful for those skins to be unused. A more effective solution to curbing the grotesque treatment of cows and animals alike is to eat less meat. We only use reclaimed or recycled leather leftover from other manufacturers to make garments that would from benefit from the durability that leather offers.