A little window into our World...
It's plain and simple: it’s our responsibility to make stylish clothes without harming the earth.
From origin to the final stitch, each garment is created using the softest, longest lasting beautiful organic certified fabrics that are fully traceable, meaning we’re able to locate the cotton back to the farm where it was grown.
We only work with suppliers who share our values and will not use anything that hasn’t been made fairly. So you know that the clothes on your back are having a positive impact on the lives of everyone involved in creating them, at every stage of the supply chain.
Meet our suppliers:
We've been working with the amazing Organic Textile Company from the very beginning.
Wife and husband team, Ann and Phil, have been selling fabric for over 30 years. After becoming aware of the effect of cotton farming and pesticides in third world countries, they began the Organic Textile Company. They support and work closely with their farmers and weavers in India, Turkey and China, allowing them to farm organically by paying premium prices so they can live a healthy life with their families without relying on pesticides.
What they make for us:
All of the facilities (Farms,Spinning,Knitting or even warehouse where the finished fabrics are controlled and packed) have to carry the responsibilities that certification requires. The certification is made by non-profit certification companies like ICEA or control union.
Discovery knitting is a family run knitting mill, nestled in the heart of England. They have a proud heritage of manufacturing dedicated British made fabrics since 1986.
What they make for us:
Finding sustainable denim as a small business has been very challenging, we were happy to have found troficolor, a family run company based in Portugal, that produce denim using organic cotton.
Although we’ve been purchasing our denim from troficolor since we launched the business in 2016, we’re currently looking for a new supplier as although the cotton is certified organic, the company wouldn’t divulge information about where in India the cotton is grown.
At Zola Amour we’re committed to being a transparent company and going forwards, we will only work with suppliers that are as committed as we are to total transparency.
We believe that if a garment is made out of gorgeous organic natural fabrics, then it should also be stitched in organic thread. Although the thread is about 5x more expensive than traditional thread used, it’s important to us to maintain our level of integrity.
We purchase our thread from SCANFIL based in the Netherlands. It’s 100% GOTS certified.
14. Zips - YKK
We purchase our recycled polyester zips from trusted zip supplier YKK and they are made in China.
The NATULON® zipper is designed utilizing a closed loop recycling program. Made from chemically recycled polyester (post consumer), it is perpetually recyclable. Through our NATULON® products, we have reduced the need for new materials by employing the most advanced chemical recycling technology. Both the zipper chain and slider are made from recycled materials. Since there are no metal components, this zipper can be easily broken down and recycled.ttps://ykknorthamerica.com/product/natulon%e3%80%80chemically-recycled/
15. Our Production Unit
We make everything by hand right here in the UK. When Emily founded the company back in 2016, we initially started looking into getting our clothing made in UK factories.
However, after visiting a few I soon realised that this would not be attainable if we still wanted to make our ethical collection affordable and not priced within the luxury price brackets. I was also concerned that even in the UK the garments may not be produced as ethically as I would expect and with the recent publication of the EAC report I was right to be concerned. It was reported that some of the factory workers in Leicester were paid as little as £3/ hour.
So after initially starting the company making all of the garments myself. My mum and I had a chat about everything and decided to work together and to build our manufacturing in house as a side line within the business model. Mum now looks after the entirety of our production and we're planning to grow our manufacturing team along with the business...