we have established a supply network with weaving mills across europe to access their surplus fabric stocks; including (but not exclusive to) cotton drill, nylon, cotton shirting, polar fleece and cotton jersey. in addition to this we have partnered with some of Italy’s most innovative weaving mills to develop bases that meet either GOTS certifications or OEKO-TEX labelling.
all of our metal hardware is nickel free and produced without water-intensive finishing. we partnered with ykk to produce our zips using post-consumer polyester products (garments, packaging, etc) to allow us to develop a finished garment that fully recyclable, inclusive of trims.
working with a family-run knitting factory in spain we were able to develop cotton -blend rib and knitted collars using yarns spun from post-industrial waste. the process has been developed to be able to give a huge colour selection that was previously unavailable.
our manufacturing partners vary from large scale production lines to small ateliers that each bring a set of specialised skills to the collections. regardless of output, these businesses produce transparently and with fair-pay/code of conduct policies in place to promote and protect their workers. we have visited each and every one of the makers to develop our product in partnership , in order to build honest, trusting relationships that can allow us to navigate our future endeavours as equals.
at this time, we have developed knitted product in wales with our partners at corgi. after discovering a vast warehouse of surplus yarn stocks we decided to explore the possibilities of their jacquard knitting machines and the hand-finished techniques. corgi is still today (after over 100 years of operation) a family run business and all of their specialised product is still made in the small mining village of ammanford, in a factory powered by 100% renewable energy.
screen-printing throughout the collection is shared between our experts in italy and the uk. however, the standards we request are met by both. we use only water-based, non-toxic pigment inks for all screen-printing; not only does this allow for a more efficient use and re-use of the pigment-paste but it also reduces the water-waste as the finished garments do not require water processing after printing – only a gentle curing under heat.
whilst digital printing does consume volumes of water waste during finishing we decided to take this route specifically to allow us to use both a GOTS certified cotton poplin and a recycled polyamide with our partners in como, italy. this compromise had allowed us to bring vivid colour and print on a sustainable cloth to the sports elements of the collection – a category that often struggles to meet sustainability goals.
crafted on the south-east coast of italy with a family owned and operated business, our TED denim pant is cut from the many rolls of surplus indigo denim the factory currently hold in storage. we produce only what we can from the stock of our selected quality, no additional weaving orders are made. there are no intensive wash treatments that are added to the finished pant, just a simple rinse to remove dye residue that would otherwise transfer and bleed. the water used in this rinse process is collected and re-used for subsequent processing.
our woven denzilpatrick garment labels are developed in italy using recycled yarns made from collected post consumer waste, whilst our garment swing ticket (carrying pledge and any necessary technical information) is made from recycled discarded cotton t-shirts. garment care and composition information is printed onto a recycle polyester ribbon.
all orders are shipped to customers packaged and protected in a selection of materials that include printed tissue paper, a branded double-wall kraft paper-mailer, single-face corrugated card and branded-stickers. all sourced from recycled paper sources, printed using soy-based inks and free of any toxic adhesives that would prohibit wide recycling. in addition – our ‘tenzalopes’ exterior document window (more often made from single use plastic) are made from an oxo-biodegradable polythene – allowing for easy waste disposal or composting.
in addition, the design of our paper mailer is such that is has further use before recycling – simply rolling down the top edge 2-3 times the mailer become a storage vessel for fruit and vegetables, plants , toys or even laundry.
where possible we move all of our goods using truck and or train services, actively avoiding air-freight. however given the new challenges faced with brexit and covid-19 restrictions we are, at times, required to use air-freight. in light of this, we opted to partner with a freight forwarder that commit to off-setting 125% of the carbon emissions generated from the deliveries they execute – further information on how this is delivered can be found at offset.climateneutralnow.org