We create garments that are more about style than a fashion trend, with a contemporary fit relevant to the world we live in. Clothes that we trust to meet our needs like old friends and become the outfits that we don't have to think about how to put together. We especially like dresses, because there are days when we only want to have to make one decision about what to put on. These are clothes that are easy to wear and evoke a feeling of dressing up, with eco credentials, longevity and style. We makes what is needed, keeping it special and not over producing.
Knowing the provenance of the fabric from which our garments are made is crucial. Foremost, we want the fabrics to be gorgeous and to feel amazing when worn. But if the origin and the circumstances in which they were produced is unclear, we'll source from elsewhere.
100% Handmade in Ireland
We begin the process of designing and making by thinking about what clothes we want to wear right now and then design the garment down to the last detail, acknowledging the silhouette of the female form. Where embellishments and trim are applied, it is to accentuate hems, waistlines, necklines and fastenings. Often the clothes are fully lined, usually in cotton lawn which prolongs the lifespan of the garment, helps it hang better on the body and means no underslips are required. Small numbers of garments in each fabric are made, ensuring that each run is of a truly limited edition. Always putting quality before quantity, we create garments in timeless designs that can be worn, cared for and loved for years to come. Each piece is finished to a high standard of craftsmanship, involving hand sewing, which is often labour intensive.
Where we source our fabrics and knowing that the human beings who produce them are being paid a good living wage and have safe and healthy working conditions, emerged as being fundamental. The main concern was, what to do with all the fabrics we had of no discernable provinance?
Researching further into the Sustainable Fashion Movement revealed that being responsible about resources meant not only using eco-friendly, fairly traded fabrics, but also using what we already have, be it existing, surplus or deadstock stock, reclaimed or vintage fabric, remnants and off-cuts, with the goal of discarding as little waste as possible. The vast majority of our old fabric stock is of natural fibres, such as cotton and wool and are not synthetically made from oil based fabrics, like polyester and nylon.
We've long believed that natural fibre fabrics are more pleasant to wear and feel nicer, but also will ultimately bio-degrade, unlike man-made materials which will remain in landfill sites for centuries. Aiming for transparency, we want to be clear about the history of fabric used for each garment, so this is detailed in each description. As we grow, we plan to make more and more garments in fabrics from ethical sources. So we do not claim, at this point, that all our fabrics are ecologically produced, but that is where we are going.
Conventionally produced cotton is grown using farming methods that rely on the use of pesticides and fertilizers and/or genetically modified seeds. Cotton is grown on 2.4% of the world’s agricultural land, yet it accounts for 10% of pesticide use and 25% of insecticide use globally. Often, workers handling the chemicals have not been properly trained or wear appropriate protective clothing putting their heath at risk. In addition, the crop is farmed repeatedly on the same land, weakening it's biodiversity and requiring greater use of fertilizers and pesticides.
Organic cotton means that the cotton is grown without the use of harmful pesticides, using a crop rotation method, natural pest repellants and by removing insects and weeds by hand. Typically, organic farmers will have 4-5 acres and due to the absence of toxic chemicals, farmers are also able to keep animals and grow food. Their cost are lower and they are paid a premium for their crop. This method of farming means the land is not polluted and the fabric produced contains no pesticides. Land can be used year after year without depletion because low inputs are ecologically sustainable. All our organic cotton is certified at source by GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) as being organic.