Our Production Practices
Our woven garments are designed, developed, and made in Los Angeles, CA. Since our launch in 2010 we have remained dedicated to supporting our local economy and nurturing the resources and trades available close to home. We’ve worked to build a solid base of family-run contractors and local craftspeople — it’s their expertise and artistry behind every detail in our garments, from French seams to our bias-bound edges.
The only pieces we do not produce in Los Angeles are our knits — for these garments we work with a women-run factory in Lima, Peru, which sources local Alpaca and Peruvian Pima Cotton yarns and expertly pairs cultural craft tradition with innovative practices and a progressive ethos.
We carefully select textiles that are durable and easy to care for — at once utilitarian and beautiful, easy to pack yet inherently refined. We use as many circular, organic, and responsibly-produced materials as possible, each treated with low environmental impact dyes or washing processes.
Below, a list of current materials and their origins:
LyocellLyocell is a soft, strong fiber made from primarily eucalyptus wood pulp and created through a closed-loop process. Eucalyptus trees grow rapidly without artificial irrigation, gene manipulation or synthetic pesticides, making lyocell a better raw material for water consumption and pollution. Lyocell’s smooth fiber surface and round cross-section also allow it to retain dye well with minimal water or chemical dyes. Highly absorbent and moisture wicking, fewer washings may be needed, resulting in water and energy savings from reduced laundering.
Organic CottonAs a circular alternative to conventional cotton, we use GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified organic cotton, which meets specific environmental, wastewater, and labor requirements. Genetically modified seeds and synthetic agricultural chemicals are not used in the production of organic cotton and its production uses 88% less water and 62% less energy than non-organic cotton.
Studies show that organic cotton farming builds organic matter in the soil, reduces soil, air, and water contamination, increases soil fertility and biodiversity, reduces human and wildlife health hazards, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
CuproCupro is a luxurious, silk-like fabric made from cotton waste. Similar to lyocell, it is produced in a closed-loop process, and the solvents used to make the fabric can be recycled. This helps keep chemicals out of water sources and reduces the fashion industry’s water pollution footprint. Cupro retains dye well, reducing the amount of water and chemical dye needed for the dyeing process. Cupro is machine washable and can avoid dry cleaning, making it less chemical and energy intensive.
DenimOur denim is 100% cotton, 40% of which is BCI (Better Cotton Initiative) cotton. BCI trains its cotton farmers to use water more efficiently, care for the health of the soil and natural habitats, minimize the use of harmful crop protection practices, and implement decent labor practices. We use V Sizing for our dye process, which is a vegetal compound that is 100% biodegradable, non-toxic, and replaces all hazardous chemicals including PVA, resulting in a microplastics-free dye process.
LinenLinen is a natural fiber grown from the flax plant, a resilient and fast-growing crop that requires half the amount of water and pesticides needed to produce cotton or polyester. Processing flax into yarn is largely mechanical, requiring no chemicals. As a fabric, linen is naturally moth resistant and absorbs moisture without holding bacteria, qualities that extend the life cycle of linen garments and keep the product in use.
Corozo ButtonsCorozo buttons are made entirely from the tagua nut, a natural, plant-based material known as “vegetable ivory.” Tagua nuts are harvested naturally once the nut has fallen from the tree and therefore do not contribute to deforestation. As a natural rainforest product, corozo harvesting incentivizes rainforest protection by generating up to five times the income of banana plantations and cattle ranches.
Corozo is an incredibly durable material and will naturally biodegrade at the end of its life. As an alternative to metal, plastic, or horn buttons, we value the environmentally gentle production process of the corozo button and its eventual circular lifecycle.
KnitwearOur knitwear is produced in Peru by a workshop started by two women who each spent ten years working in the local knitwear market before beginning their own business. They maintain strong relationships with their clients and their local artisans to execute beautiful, quality garments. Their company respects their artisans, pays them in advance for their time, and partners with them on all aspects of their work. Since 2015, we have maintained a strong partnership with them, and are currently working together with the workshop and their GOTS-certified yarn mills to innovate solutions to avoid yarn waste.
We are proud to continue to work together with this small, women-run workshop and to honor the skills and traditions of knitwear production in Peru.
AlpacaAlpaca fiber is a soft, durable, and water-repellent fiber. Unlike sheep (wool) and goats (cashmere), alpacas have padded feet rather than hooves, which means they are gentle on the land and do not contribute to land degradation or desertification. They do not damage root systems when grazing, which allows for future grass growth. Additionally, alpacas consume less water when compared to goats and sheep. As an animal, alpacas are literally softer on the environment.
Alpaca fiber absorbs odors even after long periods of wear. As a result, garments made from alpaca do not need to be washed frequently, saving water and energy use.