We believe in making things sustainably and supporting businesses that pay their workers properly and provide safe and comfortable work places. We also believe in a transparent supply chain which allow our customers (that's you!) to make an informed decision about what they're buying. So here's ALL the info that we can think of about how and where we make everything. If we've missed something or you'd like further detail, email us at email@example.com
Women's clothing We design all prints and garments in the studio. Our pattern maker is based in Melbourne and we make samples and test garments ourselves in the studio. All knitwear is made in Melbourne with Australian-grown merino wool. For non-knitwear, we print and sew our garments either in Melbourne or with a small ethically-run factory in Bali, Indonesia. If you'd like to read more about our decision to move some production to Bali (which was a very tough one) read on here. Our Bali makers are stand outs in their country for ethical and environmental standards. The sewers sign their name on each garment so you'll know exactly who made your dress or pants or skirt or top. Other standards include: - pay that is well above minimum wage - the average sewer earns 7-9 times the minimum Indonesian wage per month - profit sharing for all staff, distributed yearly, in addition to holiday bonuses - two weeks leave plus unlimited sick pay - the factory believes in supporting workers should they fall ill (sick pay is unusual in Indonesia) - superannuation, health insurance and life insurance are provided (we have yet to find another clothing manufacturer in Indonesia who provides this) - 40 hour standard week with any overtime paid at 1.5x the usual wage - natural lighting and air conditioning in work areas, plus high powered exhaust fans to dispel fabric dust - strict cleaning regimes and antibacterial hand cleaner - a no plastic bags policy. Staff are provided with reusable cotton bags and garments are packaged in biodegradable bags - fabric offcuts are donated to local women to weave into door mats - our shipping from Bali is carbon neutral We will be visiting the factory in person a few times per year to check that these conditions are continued, and to supervise production. We're also excited to be able to incorporate some traditional Indonesian printing techniques like batik into our future collections!
Knitwear All knitwear is made in Melbourne from Australian-grown merino wool. We make these in limited editions so while they might sell out quickly, making locally means we can easily re-stock.
Bags and purses We design, sample, test and make these ourselves in the studio. This is why they might sell out quickly! But we love having something that we make 100% under our own roof.
Men's clothing Again, we design all prints in the studio. We buy blank tees from an Australian/NZ company that produces their tees offshore and is certified by Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production which ensures ethical working conditions. Check out their website for more info. Our decision to use this company came down to their superb quality and transparent supply chain. We've sourced Australian made tees in the past but sadly found them to be lacking in fabric and sewing quality, and so made the decision to change.
We print our tees in Melbourne with a lovely, lovely company that we've used for eight years (!) and we sew the labels on ourselves in the studio.
Cards We design, print, fold and package the cards ourselves in the studio. Printing them ourselves means we don't have to get 500 of one design done, and allows us to indulge some weirder designs that might not sell as well. Plus we can have control over smaller environmental issues like using recycled envelopes and carbon offset electricity (which we do).
Wooden blocks You guessed it, we design all prints in the studio. Then, for the plywood prints, we send our designs to a lovely family-run business in Melbourne who prints them onto sheets of plywood and then cuts them into individual blocks (which means very little wastage). We then give them a final sand and attach a hook on the back.
For the reclaimed blocks we visit a few recycled timber yards in little corners of Melbourne and see what they've got in terms of good looking, slightly lumpy, pre-loved timber. We then cut them down to size, sand them back, draw and paint on them, and finally coat them with varnish, number them and put a hook on the back. All in the studio. It takes a while but we love it! And you can see why each block is a little different. We also design and print all the wooden block carry bags in the studio!