It’s Fashion Revolution week!
When talking about sustainability within the fashion industry, we often think of the environmental impacts from fast fashion, where clothes have become so disposable and trend driven, that they are purchased one season, and are deemed unfashionable the next.
What is often forgotten is thinking of who actually makes the clothes we buy...
Who makes my clothes?
What conditions are they working in?
Who is paying the true cost for such cheap price tags?
Fashion Revolution aims to get consumers to ask more questions, and for brands to be more transparent, so tag your favourite brand, and ask them #whomademyclothes ?
At ISLE&AQUA, We would also like to be more transparent about how our garments are produced..
Since we are a budding brand, we often don’t meet the minimum quantities required to make order from large fabric suppliers.... although we make this work in our favour.
We source our fabrics from a supplier in Europe who has a selection of smaller quantities of Italian fabric, that are not enough for bigger companies to be able to make any use of. So, instead of this fabric ending up in landfills, it is given a second chance by smaller brands like ourselves!
Since having a degree in lingerie and swimwear design and development, I (Giulia👋) am trained in the process of designing the collection I want, developing and pattern cutting and creating samples of each style, putting all information and initial samples into technical packs. This is all done in-house in Malta. The strapping and decorative metal aspects of my pieces are also all produced in house, due to this being so fiddly and time consuming. Finally, all the above are packed and sent to my manufacturer in Portugal to have these produced in the quantities I need.
Our garments are produced in a swimwear and lingerie manufacturer in Portugal. Having visited this site, the owner took great pride in showing me around the factory floor, where a small amount of seamstresses worked. He also let me know that when selecting a location, he took priority in ensuring that this would be close to a train station, for his employees would have ease and safety when commuting to and from work.
So Join the revolution! 7 days, 7 ways to get involved..