The clothes make the man...
but WHO MAKES THE CLOTHES?
We all have an inkling about what horror hides behind a big clothing label. Most of the time we try not to think about it. The truth is ugly: pesticides, water pollution, unsafe working conditions, poverty wages, enforced overtime, child labour, toxic chemical fibres, skin-dissolving solvents, environmental degradation, pollution, social injustice... the list goes on and on. These are what economists like to call ‘externalities’:costs that consumers don’t pay at the till. But with so many ruined environments, economies, and even lives - aren't we all paying the price eventually?
But it's a huge infrastructure. Such things are almost impossible to change. What are we going to do; find our own local, natural, ethical resources? Find our own local mills and factories to transform these resources into fabric and clothing? Find our own dyes, resists and techniques, even inventing them ourselves if need be? That would be crazy!
So that's what we did.
MAKE THINGS, BETTER
British wool: Natural, renewable, biodegradable. Our wool yarns are made from the fleeces of Britain’s traditional and rare breed sheep.
Natural and non-toxic: All of our dyes and printing inks are natural and/or organic. Even our (recyclable) buttons are produced without chemical finishes.
Local production and jobs: Our supply chain is entirely UK based. British sheep raised on British farms. A Cornish mill, with an organic certification. A family run factory in Nottinghamshire.
At every step, we’ve strived to create something that puts our values and
HEART IN OUR SLEEVES
(and scarves and hats)
We hope that’s something you can get wrapped up in.