We have always encouraged questions from our customers like:
Who made it and how?
Where is it made?’
What are the materials and where did they come from?
And now it's got it's own week. It’s Fashion Revolution week, a movement campaigning for transparency within the fashion industry. The movement sheds light on many of the wonderful faces behind our favourite garments and products, acknowledging their crucial role in the supply chain.
Meet Mr Raja, he's part of the team we worked with in India to make our cotton nightdresses made. He was brilliant in helping us develop the pattern, ensuring a great fit. I took this picture when I visited the factory to inspect the working conditions and ensure their staff are looked after.
It was also important for us to use organic cotton, not just because it’s divinely soft but for its longevity and eco credentials. Organic cotton is much kinder to delicate skin because no harmful chemicals or toxic dyes are used. Their GOTS certification also bans the use of harmful pollutants.
Meet Byambajargal of Mongolia.
Her workshop makes our popular fair trade felt slippers. Their team use 100% wool and ancient handcraft felting practices. The end result is a most comfortable and hard wearing slipper. Their quality is just superb.
If you're in the market for beautiful, ethical leather goods The Loyal Workshop are well worth a consideration. Based in Kolkata, the founders Paul and Sarah Beisly (New Zealanders) provide alternative employment to women who have complex lives of abuse, poverty and oppression. In Loyal's words 'This business exists for them'.
Their stunning leatherwear is some of the best quality we've seen and is built to last a lifetime (or two!)