If your last name is synonymous with a predatory fish and you work in an industry that kills the planet and pollutes our water, you feel obliged to swim against the tide. We make every possible effort to ensure sustainable production and maximum transparency.
We only use what we consider to be the finest natural materials. Sustainably produced and ethically sourced, from valuable yarns and fabrics to thoughtful solutions for packaging and shipping.
Cashmere is the most delicate natural fiber from the downy undercoat of the Carpa Hircus goat, soft enough to be worn comfortably against bare skin and 7-8 times warmer than wool. Cashmere has been used for luxe clothing since around 1000 b.c. and was the cloth of kings. The output is scarce, only 0.2% of that of global animal fibers.
Our cashmere is from Inner Mongolia. Winters are harsh in the Gobi desert which produces the most insulating undercoat with exceptional thermoregulatory qualities – and the finest hair – only 15 – 19 microns (human hair is about 75 microns). The goats are hand-combed in spring, when they shed their winter fur. 150 grams of fluffy fleece are harvested per animal & year. It takes the annual output of 3-4 goats to make a cashmere jumper while a single sheep produces enough wool to produce 3-4 jumpers.
We kindly ask you to care mindfully for your cashmere. Please be demure – the instructions on the garment label rule!
We source the majority of our luxe cashmere yarns from Cariaggi Lanificio – probably the most prestigious spinning mill in the world. The raw fleece originates from Inner Mongolia and is expertly dyed and spun at their workshops in Umbria, Italy. We’ve been with Cariaggi for the past 30 years. and worship their unmatched, innovative yarns as well as their revolutionary approach on ethical yarn: the adoption of an inclusive sustainability with the aim of caring for the environment, social interest, human activity and animal welfare. Luxury and ethics coexist perfectly to protect future generations. Cariaggi's certifications meet utmost ethical and environmental standards:
ISO 14001 - ISO 45001
Responsible Wool Standard
Organic Content Standard
100% Renewable Energy
ZQ for animal welfare
Health and Textile
Silk has been gained from the cocoon of the silkworm for more than 5000 years. An undamaged cocoon can produce a continuous filament of up to 900 m (the protein from the cocoon of the silkworm is the only continuous fibre found in nature). In conventional silk production, the caterpillars do not survive the process, but are killed by heat. In the so called “Peace Silk” the cocoon is sliced so that the finished butterfly can slip before the cocoon is thrown into hot water. Silk is an investment that should be bought with a long term relationship in mind. Please follow the rules for mindful care …
Cotton has been since around 6000 BC for the production of textiles. The cotton plant’s fruit, known as the cotton boll, yields a fluffy white, raw fibres, about 4 cm long. Cotton cultivation consumes a vast amount of water. It’s wise to check the origin – some certificates indicate sustainable production: GOTS, kbA, Fairtrade or IVN.
We use pig skins from our Berlin supplier for leather fringes as part of the utilization cycle of meat industry byproducts. Leather is a natural product and should be cared for just as we take care of our own skin. Leather, especially vegetable tanned leather, is sensitive to liquids, light and dirt. Regular greasing or the use of care products such as impregnating spray may help to keep it clean and supple. However, not all types of leather are compatible with the use of such products. Test a cleaner on a hidden spot before applying the visible parts.
We can’t quit packaging but we follow our own mindful rules using sustainable stuff from www.biobiene.com. The German supplier aims for a world without plastic – and without products from China… Everything is made from renewable, biodegradable materials.
The translucent ECOMARINE garment bags we use for protection are entirely water soluble – a brilliant innovation since no toxic waste ends up in our oceans. We suggest reusing them as storage bags for your cherished clothes.
Mailboxes are made from environmentally friendly corrugated cardboard so they can be reused or recycled.
We use document bags made from 100% paper with an environmentally friendly adhesive – easy to recycle.
Carbon neutral shipping
UPS offers a carbon neutral shipping option, giving us the opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint while demonstrating our commitment to sustainability. This way we can contribute to projects like Wolf Creek, which captures methane landfill emissions to generate electricity in Georgia, USA, or, Chol Charoen, which captures emissions released from wastewater to produce electricity in Thailand.
THE OCEAN PROJECT
Every year, 8 million tons of plastic enter the ocean. That’s equivalent to one truckload dumped into the sea every minute of the day. From there, it goes on a long and destructive journey. The marine ecosystem is completely out of balance. Human intervention such as whale and dolphin hunting or habitual over-fishing of protected species makes it even worse.
We support organizations that are committed to protecting the oceans by donating 3 Euros for each item sold. In that way we try to contribute to the preservation and protection of the natural environment and our namesakes!