FABRICS, BUTTONS and SUSTAINABILITY
Sustainability means different things to different companies.
Our number one sustainability goal is to be
as close to 100% biodegradable as we may possibly be.
Outer Fabrics: Our supplier for fabric blends of organic cotton, hemp, and silk is a generational family run/woman-owned business which pioneered refined hemp fabric. If not for their decades of hard work, high quality hemp fabrics (including blends) which are on par with quality linen, would not be on the market today anywhere in the world. Fair trade, sustainability and transparency has been this U.S. company's business model for decades - long before these practices became part of today's fashion lexicon. Each of their textiles must pass a Sustainable Biodegradable Products Certification (SBP®). This certification ensures that each step during the textiles' production, from the farms to the mills and beyond, maintains earth-friendly, ethical and fair trade practices. This fabric supplier also has the following certifications: Green America (certified business); GreenPeople; USDA Certified 100% Biobased Product.
Certified Organic Cotton
Our supplier for organic cotton sateen which we created the Kate Wrap Blazer with, was one of the first certified organic cotton farms in the U.S. - a generational family farm. Their company which creates organic cotton fabrics was the first U.S. company to be fully GOTS certified.
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibers, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain.
For our bespoke linings we create pattern designs from commissioned art work; these designs are printed on a light weight organic cotton sateen which is GOTS certified. Our "art patterns" are printed using ecologically-safe water-based pigment-based inks. Printing on natural fabrics creates soft, subtle designs.
Here is a sample of one of our "art patterns" inspired by Vincent van Gogh's painting style. We often choose nature/ocean themes to represent our commitment to sustainability and our love for the ocean and innocent wildlife.
Blue Wave Art Pattern (c)
Cupro: Primarily we use the silk like fabric Cupro for our linings. Cupro is made from cotton linter, the short, downy fiber that enfolds cotton seeds and which is left behind in the making of cotton fabrics. These downy fibers create a silk like fabric which is more breathable than silk (and far more breathable than synthetics). During one photo shoot our models needed to walk between spots for shooting, and they commented on how surprised they were that they weren't over heating and getting "all sweaty." This of course was great to hear (they didn't know anything about cupro.) It's one thing when a manufacturer tells you a fabric is breathable, but it's another thing when a group of models validates it. Cupro recently was declared by independent labs to be 100% biodegradable. (Yay!) Cupro is created through a closed loop manufacturing system, which means no pollutants are released into the environment.
Luxurious and Sustainable - Depicted below is our Kate Blazer with 100% cupro bemberg linings. This luxurious cupro from Italy is highly regarded by top tailors, and is known for it's superior sweat wicking abilities. These Italian linings are STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certified. There's no need for a guilty conscience when wearing sustainable luxury.
Our button supplier is a family business going back several generations. These buttons are made from corozo, or tagua, which is a seed from a palm tree, and which are gathered, dried, peeled and cut. Our manufacturer provides over one thousand full time and part time low-skill labor jobs in depressed and impoverished South American communities, jobs which help those communities to prosper and grow economically while increasing their quality of life.
Once the seeds are prepared, they are shipped to the manufacturing plant in Panama which introduces an entirely different spectrum of occupations. The manufacturer trains their employees in the requisite specialized skills for using the equipment - from mechanical turns to delicate, computer-controlled laser engraving machines (our buttons are laser engraved with our company name). They train and employ around 100 workers, and provide not only career opportunities, but bring an infusion of technology to the local community. The training increases the workers' skill set, enabling them to leverage this knowledge for future advancement - whether with the plant or within another industry.