Linen- We strive to use only natural fibres. We are currently purchasing Linen from two Australian suppliers. We use 100% Oeko Tex certified Linen. It is our dream to purchase all of our fabrics from Australian mills, sadly we are still a long way away from this.
We buy the highest quality fabrics to ensure our garments’ longevity. Our Gingham Linen is milled in Harbin (Northern China) and dyed in Zhejiang, by a cold-pad batch dyeing method which requires far less water usage and energy consumption, no salts or humectants and no bio-polishing.
All of our single colour Linens are from Potter Textiles. Simon, the owner, has been running the family business for over 25 years now. Linen comes from the flax plant, which is a hardy plant that requires little water and few pesticides and fertilisers. Linen production has a long history in Europe, and most high quality flax comes from France and Belgium. Their Flax is sourced from France and Belgium and sent to China to be milled. The yarn they source is high grade long staple yarn. They only use 3 to 4 different mills to produce our linen as we can trust them on quality. All the mills for linens meet the Oeko-Tex 100 standard. This standard is checked yearly and mills can supply certifications on request anytime of year. As part of the mills meeting the Oeko-Tex 100 Standard their dyed have to meet this too. All of their mills use the dye brand DyStar which is Oeko-Tex certified. The dyes used on our linens are reactive dyes. Reactive dyes attach themselves to their substrates by a chemical reaction that forms a covalent bond between the molecule of dye and that of the fibre. The dyestuff thus becomes a part of the fibre and is much less likely to be removed by washing than are dyestuffs that adhere by adsorption.
Deadstock- We are always on the look out for new deadstock fabrics, meaning those fabrics are end-of-line, mill overruns, cancelled orders or designer excess. These fabrics are typically deemed a waste product in the fashion industry and would usually end up as landfill. We are currently using around 20% of deadstock fabric and would like to increase that amount.
Merino- We have sourced a small amount of ZQ Merino for one style. ZQ is the world leader for ethical wool. ZQ represents the wool of choice for world-class brands and stands for quality, sustainability and connection, from the ZQ farmers through to our home-sewing community. Our ZQ Premium Merino fabric is also OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified. The OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100 is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products. OEKO-TEX tests for harmful substances from a consumer's point of view, based on the respective purpose of the material or textile. OEKO-TEX testing ensures that these fabrics are free of harmful substances such as Azo colourants, formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol (to name a few), as well as a number of harmful chemicals that have not yet been legally regulated. For more information visit their website: https://www.oeko-tex.com/