Yuki Threads was founded in 2010 when founders Mitch and Lani were doing back to back seasons between Mt Buller and Japan. Their vision was to create a 100% Australian owned snow apparel company that bridged the gap between the Mountain and Street that genuinely cared about its customers.
Since these grass roots beginnings Yuki Threads has remained true to their core values; they’re passionate about enjoying life and are committed to making the highest quality apparel, accessories and outerwear for their customers, who are the reason and inspiration for everything they do.
They’re proud as punch to say their Winter ‘17 range is manufactured responsibly using 100% Fairtrade Organic Cotton (GOTS certified) and they donate 1% of all sales to 1% for the Planet.
The mission of Positive Two is to bust the myth that it is “too expensive to manufacture within Australia”. From the very beginning they set out to create a brand that was entirely Australian made, from manufacturing to labelling to printing, the whole process is done within Australia. All of their their garments are sewn in Melbourne by Qualitops, an Ethical Clothing Australia-accredited manufacturer, from 80% Australian-grown cotton textiles. All screen printing is done in house by hand, which means every piece is imbued with the love and touch of Positive Two’s printers. Their products are plastic packaging free from creation to sale as they don’t see the need for it!
When buying Positive Two, you can be sure that you will receive products created from the best quality materials and will be supporting ethical labour practices. As Australia has some of the strictest labour laws, you know that you are supporting an industry that looks after it's employees. They encourage other brands and labels to get in contact with their manufacturer so that Australian-made clothing can become the norm.
Based in Kampot, Cambodia, Dorsu creates timeless “wardrobe essentials that are anything but basic”. As a Cambodian-Australian partnership, Dorsu follows Australian workplace standards, providing an alternative to the current garment industry that operates in Cambodia by centring staff safety and wellbeing, staff training and skills development. Garments are manufactured internally from remnant cotton jersey, sourced as waste from garment factories throughout Cambodia. Designers take great care to waste as little as possible, producing underwear and all product packaging from fabric off-cuts. When possible, they pass additional scraps on to artisans in the community who weave floor mats and hammocks to sell.
Even Dorsu’s swing tags are printed on 100% recycled card using vegetable ink, non-bleached string & safety pins! When buying Dorsu, you can be sure there has been no compromise on the quality of the garments or the conditions under which they have been made.
mily-Louise Newbould and Melissa Verdouw began Leo Strange in an effort to share with the world the vibrancy and colours of India. As the world begins to merge into one global culture, they aspire to combine historic, traditional methods with modern fashion to create timeless, unique and authentic garments.
Leo Strange is working closely with artisans to support communities and bring new life to ancient, Indian textile techniques. They use a combination of Khadi (handwoven) fabric, organic cotton and banana silk; a traditional south Asian textile made from oft-wasted banana stalks without the use of chemical processing. Textiles are naturally dyed using Indigo, Myrobalan, Common Madder & Recycled Iron to create an array of vibrantly coloured garments that are 100% biodegradable. Emily and Mel work closely with their producers at every step of the way to ensure their garments are produced in accordance with the 10 principles of Fair Trade.
tamay & me
Using a traditional pattern from South East Asian farmers, Tamay & Me create unisex jackets that are 100% traceable and entirely handmade by artisans in North Vietnam. Every step of production helps to promote the traditional way of life of the Red Dzao and the Tay People. The jackets are made with hand-spun and woven cotton that is grown and produced without the use of pesticides or herbicides. The cloth is dip-dyed 6 or 21 times in natural, fermented indigo and embroidered with reclaimed Dzao clothes. Every jacket is individually handmade and entirely unique.
LOCWOM Australia is a social enterprise that aims to promote fair trade in Australia and support women's empowerment and economic development in Nepal. The products are made using the 10 principles of fair trade, meaning all the women who make them have been paid fair wages, given fair working rights and fair opportunity. Meet the women here.
Kaftans are made from 100% silk, using recycled materials discarded from Nepalese factories. LOCWOM are happy to announce a new partnership with Avenue, a social enterprise of Fighting Chance and a registered NDIS Service Provider offering opportunity for young adults with disability.
ways of change
Ways of Change is a co-created fashion brand connecting people affected by conflict and migration to a global community. They offer fair wages and training to people with refugee backgrounds so that they may support themselves and families while sustaining and building upon their traditional skills.
The Choice Collection features recycled brass jewellery made in Thailand by artisan, Muang Thai. A portion of all Ways of Change’s profits are used to support both Entrepreneurial Training and Community Projects that focus on empowerment and sustainable living.
The name Ways of Change recognises the existence of the many avenues that can and will lead the world to positive change, both within the refugee sector as well as the fashion industry. It is a reminder to keep an open-mind and appreciate others’ approaches to change as well.
Creator of Kiyakaya
The Kiyakaya platform uses nanotechnology to scan and measure the body to create a 99% accurate digital avatar of the subject. This massively increases the ability for designers to offer customisation and bespoke services to clients. Not only does this reduce the waste associated with garment production, it also facilitates lasting love affairs between designers, clients and the custom-made, perfectly fitting garments Kiyakaya makes possible.
Oxfam What She Makes Campaign
The What She Makes Campaign is an Oxfam initiative that holds big brands accountable for the conditions of garment workers. The project brings garment workers’ personal stories into the public eye and provides comprehensive reports on how the big brands stack up. What She Makes provides businesses and individuals with the opportunity to pledge their support for improved workers’ rights in the fashion industry. We were lucky to hear directly from campaign spokesperson, Paddy who convinced us that everyone should sign the pledge.
Co-Founder of New Mode Collective
Acacia hosted an honest, humorous and productive workshop on taking care of yourself, your business and community while living and working as a social entrepreneur. We'll be publishing a guide to managing your wellbeing while engaging in social justice work so keep your eyes peeled!