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What is 'ethical' clothing?

Posted on January 27 2016

'Ethical' can mean a lot of things, but to us, it's the way that we;

1. Design our clothing
2. Source the raw materials for our clothing
3. Produce our clothing
4. Deliver our clothing
5. Aftercare

We believe in the importance of ethical fashion in ensuring that absolutely everyone involved in the production of the clothing we make is paid fairly, treated fairly, and that we impact the environment as little as possible. Customer satisfaction is key, and we're always working on ways to improve your online shopping experience, and we review the fit of our pieces weekly in an ongoing aim to provide the perfect fit first time.

1. Design

One Boutique is a British clothing Boutique, and our clothes are designed by our close knit team in London and Colchester. We know the hard work that goes into the concept and design elements that turn into original garments, so we respect other clothing designers rights to their own work. You won't find any recycled ideas, and we work to stay ahead of copycats. We don't follow wider fashion trends, instead we create our own aesthetic. This ensures that your pieces are unique and original. We often create 'Limited Edition' designs in our Studio (which typically have less than 10 pieces).

2. Sourcing

We use only UK based materials suppliers, and monitor their supply chains. The living wage is extremely important to us, and we wouldn't work with international suppliers who couldn't guarantee fair pay to everyone on their work force. For us, the best way to do this is to only work with British companies

3. Production

All our pieces are made in Colchester, Essex, by our dedicated studio team (see 'about us' section for full details). Every member of our team is paid above the living wage (visit https://www.livingwage.gov.uk for more information), and we actively maintain a stress free, rewarding & close knit working environment. We produce high quality clothing that lasts for years. This not only means that you get a lot of wear out of our pieces, but also means that we minimise our contribution to the huge volumes of clothes that end up in landfill across Great Britain.

4. Delivery

The work that we do to constantly improve the fit of our clothing helps us to keep our returns rate extremely low. This minimises the number of deliveries & returns across the UK and worldwide, and in turn keeps our carbon footprint as low as possible. We use Royal Mail for all deliveries within England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales (with a variety of international partners), who are actively working to reduce their carbon footprint year on year.

5. Aftercare

We look after our customers not just within the returns period, but for as long as they have their pieces. You can get in touch with us for any reason, to ask absolutely anything from follow up questions about long term care to a quick 'hello' and a heads up about new things arriving soon.

We'd love to hear from you about what you think of our approach to fashion ethics! We hope that one day, nobody will need to use the term 'ethical', and instead it will become a British standard, not only in online UK boutiques, but also in every high street store.

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