Ethical clothing production. Discuss. Again.
|Llynfi Hopscotch cardigan £135|
It is Me Made May and I am making as much of me as I can manage.
|Long pleated skirt £130|
Ladies and gentlemen, hold onto your hats, because I have found my nirvana.
|Pleat trousers £150|
•We aim to use colour in a minimal way – for more information on dyeing see our leaflet that we send out with the yarns.
|Silk top £95|
•Most of our garments are made in house, by ourselves. Where we use outworkers, they are paid a proper rate – we do not believe that knitting is simply something to do while watching telly – and this is reflected in our prices.
|Elfin Hood £35|
•We make largely to order to avoid wastage and left overs.
•We throw very little away! There is always someone who can make use of small scraps – we’d rather have them available for people to pick up than put them in the bin. “
Now… I am fully expecting a flurry of comments that these clothes are far too expensive.
But how much did you spend at Primark / Zara / H&M last year? And how many of those garments are still going strong?
It all comes down to value and values.
I stopped supporting the fast fashion industry well over a year ago, in fact it must be approaching 2 years now. I have not bought any clothes this year. Not at all, not even a pair of knickers.
I bored you silly with my attempts to find a clothing company I felt I could trust, in my quest for an ethical cardigan. And the dubious Navy Cardi of Doom is only fit for landfill, after less than a year’s wear.
So here’s what I am going to do: I am going to spend £135 on a cardigan, because it is perfect in every way.
And I am going to think more about the Llynfi philosophy: natural colour and fabrics, handmade in strong but simple shapes. Made for each other.
How can I justify NOT supporting this small business?
|Fold Skirt £85|