Today we wanted to let you in behind the scenes of finding the maker for our new spring summer collection which is ethically made in the UK. In London to be more precise.
Up until now, we’ve worked with an ethical manufacturer partner in the north of Portugal to make our garments, but for this new collection, we wanted to work with a local maker in the UK. This meant finding a new maker and we started this process by identifying the makers who we felt shared our vision for a fairer future of fashion and who complied with our ethical and sustainable stipulations. We also wanted to find one who was able to offer knowledge and experience in making high-quality garments and who were open about where their garments are made and who is making them.
After some research and visits to different options, we found ApparelTASKER, an ethical fashion maker started by Canadian Zack Sartor in Bethnal Green, London. Developing the collection with him and his team has been a very exciting experience as local productions allow for more visits and different interaction. It's easy to say that we're proud of the beautiful quality of this collection. Being able to support British fashion manufacturing also felt important to us as there is hardly any left in Sweden anymore due to outsourcing. If there was, we’d love to make our garments there as well.
More than the skills and knowledge, we also choose to work with ApparelTASKER as they adhere to our ethical and sustainable stipulations. They do this by ensuring that their workers are paid above the UK minimum wage and by considering sustainability and waste management in their work as well. This year, they also received their SMETA certification on Sedex's four pillars of Labour, Health and Safety, Environment and Business Ethics.
We think transparency and openness is an important aspect in creating a fairer future of fashion and hope you enjoy these insights as we go along. If you have any questions or comments, you can always reach us via the comments or pop us a message at hello@BYEM.com ✨
With love, team BYEM