HOW WE WORK
We are the textile experts, so you don’t need to be.
We produce beautiful, high quality products, in large volumes, sustainably.
Ready to start your project?
We are the textile experts, so you don’t need to be.
We offer as much help with design, specification and packing solutions as our customers need or want.
Briefing, pricing, lead time
A full brief, pricing (inclusive of UK delivery) and lead time is presented for review.
Benchmark sample (red seal)
Our customers will receive a final benchmark sample (red seal) and a detailed specification incorporating all the product requirements, including testing and packing.
Let’s get started
Once our customers are happy with samples and specifications, we request a purchase order to commence production.
How does expertly developed benefit you?
We are the textile experts, so you don’t need to be. Our design, development and sampling process reduces uncertainty and risk through expert advice, thorough specifications, production samples and clear lead times before our customers commit to full production.
Our simple, high quality, products require specialist production skills to look good, work well and be re-usable again and again. Light-weight fabrics, fabric combining, specialist finishes, unique shapes and pantone colour matching all require specialist skills and specialist machinery.
The mills are experts at attractive presentation and deliver products exactly how you like them – folded to any size or shape, rolled, tied with ribbon, packed into bags.
We select the right mill for each new project, based upon their capabilities which are often specific to a region. It is essential to us that partner mills share our values.
Not at any cost
All our mills are audited, and their certifications carefully checked by us. We insist on inhouse production facilities, outsourcing is only used for specialist capabilities. This ensures we can monitor our supply chains ethical and quality standards thoroughly.
As a minimum, our mills must have certifications that ensure good working practices, excellent workers conditions and fair pay.
Read more about Mill audits and certifications
As a minimum, our mills must have certifications that ensure good working practices, excellent workers’ conditions and fair pay.
Social Accountability SA8000 or BSCI
Focuses on fair treatment of workers. Ensuring that no child labour or forced labour is employed during production, and much more. The SA8000 Standard is based on internationally recognized standards of decent work, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ILO conventions, and national laws.
Quality Management ISO9001
A System to implement a process of continual improvement ensuring that customers get consistent, good-quality products and services
REACH – Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals
REACH is a regulation of the European Union, adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals. It also promotes alternative methods for the hazard assessment of substances in order to reduce the number of tests on animals.
They are also all certified to organic standard:
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
Choosing a certified organic product is the most certain and traceable way to ensure that products are made and manufactured in an environmentally and socially sustainable way.
GOTS is the leading worldwide textile processing standard for organic fibres. It includes ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain.
We are audited members of the Soil Association and all our organic products are certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Choosing a certified organic product is the most certain and traceable way to ensure that products are made and manufactured in an environmentally and socially sustainable way.
How does skillfully produced benefit you?
Our products always look beautiful, are well made, and can be packed exactly how you want them which saves time during pack off and dispatch.
Sadly, it is not uncommon for mills to mislead customers on the extent of their capabilities, facilities and certification and it is common practice for mills to outsource some, or all, of their production to several small scale production set ups, making quality control and tracing the ethical standards of the supply chain very difficult.
You can be confident that our products have been made ethically and that is a message you can convey to your customers. Independent audits, strong relationships and regular visits ensures certainty surrounding the ethics of our supply chain.
Development, trials and testing
Our core range of products has been through an extensive development process, which includes sampling, production trials and testing. That is how we know that every item we produce is safe, high quality and fit for purpose.
We will only supply products that perform to a high standard and have a long lifecycle.
We understand that our customers are looking for quality assurance ahead of purchasing. We provide a benchmark (red seal) approval sample to ensure that all parties’ expectations are aligned.
In the UK we quality inspect an early production sample against the benchmark sample and specification.
At the end of the production run, our partner mill completes a quality control check, comparing goods to their benchmark sample and specification prior to shipping. Goods undergo processes to ensure they are kept clean and free from foreign matter, such as dirt, hair or metal.
UK checks before delivery
Once the product reaches the UK, our in-house quality control team will conduct a final check for contamination, defects and deviations from client specification.
Bespoke items will be tested according to their end use, for skin irritancy or suitability for food contact. If required, additional testing such as colour fastness, seam, and tear strength is available from a NAMAS-approved laboratory.
How does confidently assured benefit you?
We take away all the uncertainty. Our customers can be confident that their product meets excellent quality standards and will arrive as per the benchmark samples and agreed specification.
SUSTAINABLE AS STANDARD
Our products are made using natural fibres like cotton which are renewable. We design our products to have a long lifecycle. All our made-up products can be washed and reused many times. 99% of our products will biodegrade within 6 months, the same as an orange peel. In contrast polyester fabrics take 40 years to biodegrade.
Our standard method of transportation, for all our goods, is sea freight from India and road transport from Turkey as C02 emissions are on average, lower than air freight.
We only work with mills that have manufacturing processes in place to protect the environment. All of our mills align with our ethical standards and work to improve their sustainable practices.
Our partner mill in India uses wastewater treatment plants that recycle 95% of wastewater as well as wind turbines to generate electricity.
Absolutely no forced labour is, or has ever been, used in the making of our products. All our mills are social accountability certified to SA8000 or they are BSCI-accredited.
We regularly review the environmental policies in our London office. We recycle, compost food waste and reduce single use plastic where possible. We are converting our lighting to 100% LED (currently 40%). We have switched our processes to paperless alternatives to reduce paper waste. We encourage everyone to use public transport, cycle or walk to work.
Organic - the most sustainable option
We are audited members of the Soil Association and all our organic products are certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Choosing a certified organic product is the most certain and traceable way to ensure that products are made and manufactured in an environmentally and socially sustainable way. Where possible, we encourage our customers to select organic cotton and share the advantages of buying certified organic. These include:
- No use of harmful synthetic pesticides or fertilisers.
- No genetically modified seeds.
- Food security for farmers due to mandatory crop rotation.
- 91% less surface and ground water (blue water) is consumed during growing compared to conventional cotton farming.
- 75-80% of organic cotton is grown using rainwater (green water), rather than diverting water from naturally-occurring rivers and lakes.
- Manufacturers must have wastewater treatment plants that protect water supplies.
- Dyes and inks comply with strict biodegradability and toxicity standards.
- 46% reduction of C02 emissions compared to conventional cotton farming.
How does sustainable as standard benefit you?
Sustainable is not an option we offer, it is our standard. All our products have been designed to last and manufactured with kindness and this can be conveyed confidently to your customers.
We are always happy to provide up to date information on our sustainable credentials.