Behind The Seams

Fashion Revolution Week is here, and what better time to tell you our story. Photographer Robbie Dark spent a morning with us, shopping for linen fabrics for our Natural Collection, followed by a visit to our factory to see the process and hard work that goes into making our garments. We hope you appreciate the talent and work that goes into making our pieces, pieces that we want you to value and cherish for years to come.

We want to make it clear that the staff are treated well, and are happy in their workplace. They work from 9-5 with an hours lunch break, and get holidays just like in the Western World. The factory offers training from the age of 18, giving locals a skill for a lifetime. By shopping at a boutique like ours, instead of the fast fashion boutiques on the high street and online, you are providing fair and ethical work for individuals in a third world country who have families to feed & care for.

Our garments are handmade in a small family run factory, where there are no big machines churning out pollutants into the atmosphere. We still have a long way to go in regards to reducing our carbon footprint, but we are taking small steps in the right direction and will continue to do so.

 

Photography : Robbie Dark 

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The process begins with selecting fabrics from over 10 suppliers we use. I am hands on, and choose every fabric myself. Fabrication is an important part, as the wrong fabric on the wrong garment means the item just will not work. 

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The pattern cutter then begins turning my designs into a sample item. This process can take several goes, adjustments are made before we grade each item into the various sizes. 

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Once we are happy with the sample we can begin producing our garments. The samples do not all make it into production. Over the period of time it takes to make samples, fabrics can run out or I change my mind on the direction of the Collection.

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After the fabric is prepped, the team handcut each element of the garment using scissors, the old school way. 

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Made is marking the fabric ready to cut.

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Chacha is a trainee, learning under the guidance of her senior, Made.

It's team work. 

Once all the pieces have been cut, this moves to the sewing team. 

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Ketuit has been at the factory since she was 18,
where they have provided training for her. 

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All our embroidery and beading is done by hand, by Komang and her team. 

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Throughout the whole process I am involved, making weekly visits to the factory. 
Quality control and checking each item is the final stage in the process before the garments are steamed, folded and handed to me so that I can then get them online ready for you to enjoy. 
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A busy morning usually ends, Island Style, with a well deserved coconut on the beach. 
Thank You Robbie for documenting my story of Island Threads.

 

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