Putting my Money Where My Mouth Is

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.

I have culled my wardrobe yet again.  I own less, but it is probably still too much. And still I have “orphan” garments which go with nothing else I own.  Sigh.
If I was starting all over again (which would be wasteful, so I won’t do it) I would want a small collection of clothes which all work together, are handmade in the UK (by me, if possible), using sustainable fabrics, in shapes which are stylish but not “fashionable”.



Long pleated skirt £130

Ladies and gentlemen, hold onto your hats, because I have found my nirvana.

About Llynfi:


•Our fabrics and yarns are sourced from the UK where possible. The wool yarn and fabrics are UK grown and processed (the yarn is certified to organic standards), cotton and hemp is from Europe and India, produced in a fairly traded and sustainable way, certified organic wherever possible.

•For our own dyed yarns and fabrics, we use natural dye extracts, produced in France to Global Organic Textile Standards. Our own yarn dyeing process is certified by the Soil Association.

 

Pleat trousers £150
•For screen printing, we use natural dyes and mordants and stencils – no other chemicals are employed for the process. The results in a unique individual print, but is time consuming and labour intensive.
•We use button fastenings on our garments, again sourcing buttons made from sustainable materials and produced in a fairly traded way.



•The only issue we currently have is getting organically grown sewing cotton – something to work on.

 •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.

WOW!

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