Conventional cotton is one of the most damaging crops on the environment
and produced under inhumane conditions. The denim we use is milled in Japan
using organic cotton from Turkey, and is free of any hazardous compounds.
Our denim is made from 100% organic cotton, certiﬁed to meet the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).
This ensures that we only use cotton that’s never been treated with conventional chemicals — such as
brominated ﬁre retardants and formaldehyde — as well as naturally dyed or dyed with safe synthetics,
and tracked so that the organic ﬁbers never commingle with conventional.
It also ensures that it was produced in facilities that are safe, ethical, and monitored.
Safe working conditions, no child labor, fair wages, a cap on how many hours they can work a week, and more.
Perﬂuorinated Chemicals (PFCs) are found throughout the fashion industry.
There are hundreds of different PFCs and none of them are natural.
Traditionally, PFCs have been used in outdoor and outerwear as part of the manufacturing process.
Given that they can be water, dirt, and grease repellant, it’s no surprise that many companies chose to
use these compounds. They’re most often found in DWR coatings and waterproof membranes.
PFCs are shown to disrupt regular endocrine activity, reduce immune system functions,
and adversely affect hormones as well as organs like the kidneys, liver, and pancreas. Moreover,
PFCs are extremely harmful to the environment. Perﬂuorocarbons are among the most dangerous of
greenhouse gases emitted by manufacturing due to its long-lasting effect and potency.
Our waterproof cotton is PFC-free, milled in Switzerland, and produced to OEKO-TEX 100 standard.
Our recycled poly outers use polyester that has been certiﬁed to Global Recycled Standard (GRS) V4.
This is an international certiﬁcation body that holds all entities in the chain to a high standard,
from plastics collection, recycling, pelletization, weaving, and export. As an example, GRS dictates
how much waste is allowable when spinning fabric, puts a hard limit on harmful chemicals and emissions,
and requires transparency in documenting the chain of custody of all materials.
GRS also certiﬁes that no prison labor, child labor, or exploited workers have been used
in the making of any product. It requires that organizations give their workers the opportunity to
collectively bargain, as well as ensure their health and safety according to strict guidelines.
In the world of fashion, we are the last link in a long chain of recyclers, producers, craftspersons, and logistics.
Our choices affect the way the industry moves. The responsibility falls on us to deliver you a product
that has been produced in an ethical and sustainable way.
Luxury has always been deﬁned by its materials and the craft required to turn them into items of beauty.
It celebrates materials like cashmere, exotic leathers, and silk — materials which are undoubtedly beautiful,
but also enormously damaging to our environment, resource exhaustive, and promoting
the unethical treatment of animals.
We think that the recycled nylon we use redeﬁnes the idea of luxury. It requires a level of dedication,
craft, and discernment that any conventional premium material requires. It is durable,
soft to the touch, and reﬁned. It is milled in Italy and held to the same standard as any other luxury fabric.
And at the same time, it is made from 100% recycled materials and waterproof while still being PFC-free.
Often times when you see sportswear with the term ‘antimicrobial ﬁnish’, it will have been
treated with organotin compounds. These compounds are used in athletic wear to reduce body odor,
but are extremely harmful to the health of people and the environment. It affects the endocrine system,
causing disruption to hormone production, and leading to potential respiratory, renal, and dermatological issues.
And these compounds have similar effects on wildlife when released into marine ecosystems.
The lining of our garments is an essential layer — it’s the part of the garment that touches your body.
We use eco-friendly nylon that has been lab certiﬁed to be free of organotin compounds,
and is produced without the use of any harmful organic solvents.
While ﬂeece is often seen as the de facto uniform for the outdoorsy conscious type,
most conventional ﬂeece is made from virgin plastics, and is often chemically treated.
We use Cardato and Ecopel, two materials that raise the bar for sustainable ﬂeece.
Cardato is produced in the Prato region of Italy and is made from recycled clothing and textile scraps,
a craft that they’ve worked over a century to perfect. Their carding process allows them to take
ﬁbers of all lengths — meaning that they can recycle fabrics no matter the size of the material —
and incorporate them all into a single yarn. This allows them to reuse discarded or wasted material
while lowering water, energy, and CO2 consumption levels.
Ecopel is created through post-consumer recycled plastics, and uses 59% less energy to manufacture.
Ecopel is unique in its ability to be recycled again — a quality not often found in synthetics —
promoting circularity in fashion.
Fabric: Recycled Wool
From the beginning, wool is a great material. It’s durable and renewable.
That’s why it’s the only animal product we use in our garments.
But there’s always room for improvement.
Virgin wool is still problematic. Between the lack of oversight leading to unethical treatment of sheep to the
land and water needed for grazing, it’s a process that we’ve known to be an issue for a long time.
In fact, recycling wool has been done for centuries.
The bigger issue that recycled wool addresses is the enormous amount of waste the fashion industry
generates. We use recycled wool because it allows us to reuse what’s already in circulation.