Sustainability is at the heart of what we do as we try to reduce our environmental impact on the earth. We make a conscious choice to produce ethical collections as described below:
- We work only with Portuguese crafters to develop our hand-made timeless collections
- We collaborate with as few intermediaries as possible between the creative process and the end-user to create a transparent brand.
- We also produce our reed bags and cushion covers only by the order, so that each item is a unique piece out of maximum 10 pieces - depending on the total length and total items our artisans can weave.
- Each item is accordingly numbered on its paper hang tag.
- Depending on the pattern, it takes the weaver 1 to 2 days to weave 1 meter of fabric.
- Made exclusively from wool sourced from sheep in the mountains of northern Portugal, the fabric is spun into yarn and then woven on a rudimentary traditional wooden loom.
Cushion Covers: all our cushion covers are sewn by our so-called “the terrible two”, who are quite bold and can't be told to relax, even at 70+ years old ! Instead, they keep themselves busy, happy and proud to present to the world the delicate and colourful craftsmanship of Portuguese hand-weaving.
Apparel: all our prototypes and clothing are developed and then produced just outside of Lisbon in a small family run atelier, which ensures a fair salary to each worker.
OEKO-TEX CERTIFIED FABRIC
All our 2022 dresses are produced with an Oeko-Tex certified fabric. It means that our fabrics have been tested and certified to be free from harmful levels of more than 100 substances known to be detrimental to human health.
Only natural dyes are applied to the reeds and our wools to produce our bags and cushion covers.
Reed grows organically in various parts of Portugal but mainly in the Alentejo region, where no pesticides, fertilizer or pollutants of any kind are used. We then let nature take its time, following a 100% hand-made process:
- Firstly, the reed is harvested from the fields
- It is then bathed in the sun for weeks to dry until its colour changes from dark green to a natural beige
- After a thorough cleaning, natural dyes are applied and left to dry naturally
- The reed is then ready to go on the loom and be woven according to the selected design
All the leather parts which are added to our reed bags are upcycled from leftovers of leather factories in the North of Portugal.