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The Path To Sustainability

Nov 9, 2018
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Our mission has always been to create clothing that is designed with purpose: using high-quality manufacturing and well-sourced, luxury fabrication. Oli spends most of his time between the factory floor and the shop floor, something that has enabled him to understand our customer’s needs and at the same time, build trusted relationships with our manufacturers and suppliers.

Oli’s approach to design always starts with textiles, his innate understanding of fabric structure, composition and colour help him build collections from a different point of view. Oli is able to feel the collection before he sees it, allowing for a more holistic and organic approach when it comes to fabric sourcing: from its provenance to the hand-feel and drape, to the environmental credentials of a fabric. 

The importance of using the right textiles is key to everything we do, to create enough fabric for just one garment requires a significant use of energy, water, chemicals and human-power. Ensuring that our clothing is timeless, environmentally friendly and built for our customer is crucial.

Over recent years our awareness on the importance of our responsibility to the environment has become clearer: we believe we can improve and we are committed to becoming a more environmentally sustainable and socially progressive brand - from sourcing textiles, to ensuring we’re working with the right energy suppliers and monitoring the waste consumption the business generates.

On November 8th we invited Nick Carvell, Contributing Fashion Editor at GQ Magazine to our Berwick Street store to talk with Oliver and Bleue, our Head of Sustainability to discuss the environmental challenges within the fashion industry and how Oliver Spencer are approaching them. 

The event was supported by our good friend Kirk Truman the Founder and Editor of The Journal, a free quarterly culture and lifestyle publication, The event was recorded as a part of their new podcast series ‘Journal’. To listen to the podcast, you can stream below or download via the podcast app by following the link:

Journal Podcast - Episode 3 

Our current collections feature some tactful fabrics and engineering that soothe the effects of garment production on the environment. Key elements include our Organic Cotton shirt range and the use of undyed wool in the Cleveland Oatmeal Pea Coat and Parka as well as the Keeley Oatmeal Overcoat and Blouson. Learn more about our path to becoming a more environmentally sustainable brand and how we aim to develop over time to improve our footprint.

 

Oliver Spencer

From early beginnings as a self-taught tailor and shopkeeper, Oliver Spencer has built a brand around his vision: hand-crafted quality paired with stylish accents and details. In the words of GQ, a ‘uniquely British take on relaxed style’.

Read the Oliver Spencer story