The colours on today’s workbench! I’ve been meaning to do a post about our construction process for ages, but festival season hit with a bang and I’ve been too busy processing orders... These fabrics are ready to be ironed, cut, folded, sewn, stitched and parcelled up to be sent to their new homes. All this takes place here in our Bristol studio, by me or one of my seamstresses. These four fabrics are going to become two pairs of reversible trousers, which is a full day’s work for one person. I’ve frequently had customers at festival stalls respond with surprise when I’ve spoken about the process of sewing the garments they’re browsing.
I’d just like to say this to those that don’t know: Every single seam on every piece of clothing that you own is cut and sewn by human hands. There’s no such thing as a t-shirt making machine. When people talk about garment factories, they mean factories of people.
It’s the reason I can’t shop in Primark any more. I see a dress for £6 and I know it took at least 2 hours to make; considering the fabric costs and the overheads, you know someone is loosing out BIG TIME, and it’s not going to be the shop, it’s going to be the skilled worker who actually made the dress; who is likely under appreciated, overworked and under paid. Other high street shops are barely any better, Topshop, Zara, H&M and Gap (to name a few) have all been proven to use the same sweatshop labour, they simply have higher prices to increase their profit margins rather than to benefit their employees.
All our colourful trousers are made in a happy environment by staff that are paid the living wage. Production is usually around 3 weeks, but that allows us to take your measurements and specific fabric choices into consideration and create a garment that is just right for you. Our profit margins are a lot lower than those of the high street, and I’m never going to be a millionaire, but I’m proud to run an ethical business, and a happy workplace ️ - 11 minutes ago