OUR COMMITMENT 

As part of the global community, we strive to make a difference by relentlessly working on developing best practices, every day, and in everything we do. Our designs are made to last. We create quality timeless pieces in fine materials that are gentle with the environment. We care for the people behind our garments, and all throughout our supply chain. We want to create bonds that lead to mutual progress and empowerment. We aim to inspire all of our stakeholders in the importance of our social and environmental responsibility.

SLOW FASHION

All of our clothing and footwear are designed to last, valuing fair treatment to people and the environment. We only order to meet our demand and internally keep our stock levels at minimum. As a business we believe in our responsibility to promote slower consumption habits among our customers and we commit to this by being consistent in all our actions and processes. We honour the tradition of craftsmanship by supporting artisans in Indonesia & India, working directly with them to bring our pieces to life.

CONSIDERED MATERIALS

The provenance of our textiles is of utmost importance to us, as well as their impact on the environment, which is why we select natural materials that are easily broken down. Our latest collection comprises of linen, silk, cotton, hemp, alpaca, Tencel and organic cotton, which are all biodegradable fabrics. We make a strong effort to avoid synthetic fabrics and when we do, we only use recycled synthetics in a very small percentage.

We have recently introduced jute to our footwear collection, one of the most sustainable fibres in the world. It is durable due to its woody composition and grows without needing much water or any chemical fertilisers and pesticides.  As a fibre, jute is also biodegradable (it degrades biologically in 1 to 2 years) and compostable.

Our shoes are produced with vegetable-tanned leather.  As the term states, vegetable-tanned leather is treated with entirely natural and organic tannins. They are extracted from vegetables or trees and infused into the grain of the hide. Our leathers are sourced from a silver rated supplier medalled by The Leather Working Group (LWG), a not-for-profit membership organisation that counts with audit protocols designed to certify leather manufacturers according to their environmental compliance and performance capabilities.

SUPPLY CHAIN 

Our endeavour is to achieve supply chain traceability from start to end. We want to ensure ethical working conditions all throughout our supply chain. We in person have visited most of the main factories and also count with our own Code of Conduct that our suppliers are obliged to sign at the beginning of our work partnership, committing to safe conditions and healthy environment within the workplace. We intend to build consciousness on sustainable practices within partners and stakeholders.

Although our suppliers hold a number of internationally recognised certifications, we have been working with our key suppliers to continue certification (SA8000, Smeta, Fairtrade, Wrap, Gots, BSCI) into 2021. For that purpose we have put a plan in place to support them financially with 50% of their certification process.

We have decided to take the approach of education and development, to bring new certified factories into the manufacturing industry. Rather than abandoning our current manufacturers, we believe that it is our responsibility to work with our factories to reach certification. The relationships that we form with our manufacturers is at the centre of our business, which is why we have dedicated the time and resources to implement this long-term plan.

Our manufacturers include:

Knitwear Partner
Zhongshan City, China
SMETA Factory audit
Signed St. Agni's Code of Conduct
47 Employees

Cut & Sew Partner
Donguan, China
BSCI Certified
Signed St. Agnis Code of conduct
We are currently working with this factory to become SA8000 certified.
60 Employees

Footwear Partner
Denpasar, Indonesia
Signed St. Agni's Code of Conduct
40 Employees

Footwear Partner
Ambur, India
Signed St. Agni's code of conduct
We are currently working with this factory to become SA8000 certified
The leather sourced for production in this factory is from a silver rated leather working group supplier
58 employees

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

We engage in the development and growth of all of the communities involved in the process, from the creation to the delivery of our product. From our manufacturers to our HQ staff, including our local community, we strive to achieve a positive impact all together.

We believe in the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and implement this in both in our HQ and our supply chain. We consider this a priority and encourage understanding, appreciation and acceptance of all people creating healthy and safe relationships.

We try to get involved in philanthropic activities as much as we can. We take part on global initiatives such as International Women’s Day and have organised fundraisers supporting numerous causes important for our communities and the environment.

We have recently associated with Worn for Good a social Enterprise that collects designer apparel to shop for a fraction of the retail price. The totality of profits go to our three charity partners who support women in need, combining conscious consumerism and compassion with every purchase.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRESS 

Minimising our footprint in the environment is an essential value to our company. Since the beginning of 2020 our HQ and Byron Bay studio are fully run on solar energy. To offset our carbon footprint and emissions we have partnered with Carbon Neutral, an organisation that carries Australia’s largest revegetation project based on carbon capture and biodiversity. For every purchase made online, a tree is planted in the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor.

We strive towards zero waste to landfill through waste reduction, reuse and recycling. All of our packaging both online and in store, is made of recyclable and compostable materials. As for our office and warehouse we have minimised the use of plastic within our business by 80% and plan to be 90% plastic free by 2021. We promote a NO WASTE policy, by training our staff on recycling and repurposing warehouse packaging material on a daily basis. Plastic containers are banned at our HQ and employees are prompted to bring their own reusable cups and bottles.

We engage with suppliers and stakeholders to reduce the lifecycle impacts of our operations and products. We reinforce this by training and supporting our staff to work according to our environmental values.

THE FUTURE

We are very proud of our achievements but also believe in the significance of continuous improvement. One of our main goals for next year is to formalise the certification of our tier 1 suppliers.

Another objective for 2021 is to become 90% plastic free and persist on our research for new eco-friendly materials to apply in all of our operations. Regarding design and production, we have been exploring recycled fabrics that will be included in our 2021 collections.

We want to continue working on transparency for our customers and all of our stakeholders. We believe in our responsibility as a business to be accountable in sustainable matters for the generations to come. We want to innovate and create improvements in the implementation of our policies, contributing to a better community and a greater world.