It's no longer a secret: the textile industry is considered, according to several studies, the second most polluting industry in the world—let alone the human disasters generated, among other things, by fast-fashion production systems. The working conditions across the globe and the ecological catastrophe caused by overproduction and overconsumption are now undeniable. So, continuing to manufacture clothes when the world already has more than it needs, yes, but not at any cost...
To mark our commitment to a more sustainable fashion, we have implemented several measures, including:
- Gradually replacing all our cotton with certified organic cotton or BCI (Better Cotton Initiative) labeled cotton, which is less polluting and less water-intensive;
- Introducing more linen, Tencel (derived from wood pulp), and Cupro (derived from cotton waste), materials that are much more environmentally friendly;
- Replacing all our viscose with Lenzing EcoVero, which is much less polluting and sourced from sustainable origins;
- Prioritizing Oeko-Tex certified fabrics, free from harmful chemicals for health;
- Banning the use of polyester (except if recycled!) since our inception;
- Offering tote bags made from recycled cotton.
In short, we are not yet perfect in terms of environmental responsibility, but we are doing everything possible to gradually implement measures in this direction. Like most of you, we are learning to reinvent ourselves every day to best preserve the planet, which requires a completely different way of life. We have made progress in the last two years and we genuinely aspire to make even greater improvements!
Many of you have been asking us about the origin or the manufacturing process of our products, and you are absolutely right to do so! We aim to be as transparent as possible about our approach.
Where Are Our Products Manufactured?
Our products are manufactured in different countries around the world: India, Portugal, Tunisia, France, Italy, Romania, China, etc.
These manufacturing countries are chosen based on their expertise. For instance, factories in Romania or Italy are renowned for certain types of knitting or yarn; India excels in embroidery and washed cotton; China is distinguished for its clean and precise finishes...
We strive to emphasize the uniqueness of each of our manufacturing units and to value manual craftsmanship as much as possible. For example, we often incorporate block printing into our collections, an ancient Indian printing technique that is still done by hand today, giving the product an occasionally irregular but authentic appearance.
Why not use ONLY eco-responsible materials?
It's sometimes challenging to work solely with eco-responsible materials due to our small quantities: suppliers often require minimum order quantities that are far too high for a small brand like ours. However, we do our best to improve and find partners who understand our challenges.
Who works and under what conditions in the factory or manufacturing workshop?
We work hand in hand with factories certified by SEDEX (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) or BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative), ensuring, among other things, that employees work in good conditions, that they are all of legal age and decently remunerated, and that the premises comply with current safety standards.
What is your manufacturing process?
Everything always starts with a sketch, and then we have two ways of developing products. The first is what we call 'made to order': we purchase the fabric and supplies (buttons, trims...) separately, create the pattern and the prototype (a kind of rough draft) internally at our facilities in Paris. Once the product is finalized, the order is placed and fulfilled by a contractor, either in France or Tunisia.
The second method is what we refer to as 'finished product': we design the pattern, but not the prototype; instead, we create a technical sheet of the model that includes all its details and measurements, and the initial prototype is manufactured directly by a supplier abroad. We then provide feedback on this prototype as much as needed until giving the green light to the supplier to produce the order. In this case, the fabric comes from the country where the factory is lo
So, where do the fabrics for the 'made to order' products come from?
Since the beginning, we've been working primarily with fabric manufacturers from Italy and France, and we make it a priority to continue doing so! We take great pride in purchasing a majority of materials made in France, especially from the Lyon region, which has a historical connection to the ready-to-wear industry. Long live Made In France!