Our main aim has always been to make the best menswear possible, but also to make menswear in a way that is beneficial to the wearer, all those involved in making a garment, and our planet. We do this by paying close attention to all of our activities throughout the company and ensuring that environmental and social performance is monitored and continuously improved.
Over the years we have endeavoured to create trusting, open and transparent relationships with a network of suppliers, in order to support workers’ rights and their welfare. It is important to us that the people making our clothes are treated with dignity, respect and care. By situating our manufacturing in the UK and Portugal we avoid many of the labour issues which are prevalent in the wider supply chain of the fashion industry, such as forced labour, unfair pay arrangements and unsafe working environments. The countries in which we produce have tight legal frameworks on employment of garment workers, which in the majority of situations prevents issues faced in less regulated garment manufacturing countries. We visit our factories regularly to meet with management and workers and manage the quality of our products.
As a brand we will continue striving to improve our environmental and social performance on all fronts, and keep this as a core objective for brand development. This will require continuing to increase our use of organic cotton, responsible wool, quality requirements and innovative fabrics, whist caring for our supply chain and the environmental efficiency of our locations.
There is only so much that we can do to decrease the environmental impact of a garment. We can provide you with quality clothing using the right fabrics, but what you do is key to decreasing the environmental impact of a garment over its entire lifecycle.
Below we compiled some tips to help you reduce your environmental footprint.
• Wash cold where possible i.e. from general wear where there are no stains.
• Only wash wool if there are stains. If there aren’t and it needs to be freshened up hang the garment outside for a day and then hang inside for another and it should be fresh again!
• Repair old garments where possible. We offer a repair service across our stores, bring any of your OS items in and we’ll give you a hand!
• Hang dry whenever you can
Contact our Head of Sustainability - Bleue Wickham-Burnham - firstname.lastname@example.org