At Lois Hazel we believe the future of fashion should be honest, sustainable and have a positive impact on the environment and community. We are focused on making this future a reality through our commitment to ethical and sustainable business practices. By offering 100% transparency in sourcing and production, we hold ourselves accountable for every stage of our garment’s life cycle, as well as help communicate the garment’s story. We believe that every set of hands involved in producing our pieces are just as important as the hands that take that garment home. We invite you on this journey with us to create a sustainable fashion future.
At Lois Hazel, fabrics are fundamental, often serving as inspiration for each collection and acting as an expression of the brand’s core values. The fabrics we use have been selected on the basis that they adhere to at least one or more of the following criteria:
100% Natural: Fabric that is made up of fibres that come from nature so that they can easily return back to nature once disposed of.
Recycled: Fabric that has been repurposed from its original use rather than being thrown away.
Deadstock: Fabric that is leftover or over-ordered from other designers and manufacturers. Using deadstock fabrics helps prevent it from ending up in landfill but also allows us to use something that already exists over getting something new made that uses up more of the earth resources.
Organic: Fabric that is grown organically from non-genetically modified plants and without the use of any synthetic agricultural chemicals such as fertilisers or pesticides.
Certified: Fabric that have been certified by a organisation that audits them based off a set of specific criteria such the Global Organic Textiles Standards.
Traceable: Fabrics that can be traced right from to its raw form, where it was grown, spun and produced.
At Lois Hazel we demand the same commitment to ethical and sustainable practices from all of our suppliers. Below is a list of suppliers we work with.
MTK: Melbourne Textiles Knitting Co (MTK) is a Melbourne-based textile company that creates premium quality circular and flat knitted fabrics. They use a range of high-quality fibres and have a strong focus on investing in better practices for the future.
Shino Shouten: A Japanese fabric supplier who work with a range of high quality, certified fabrics. We work through their Melbourne-based partner SASPAC, a Japanese fabric wholesaler.
Hemp Fortex: A Fabric supplier based in Qingdoa, China. Founded in 1999 with the idea that textiles can be luxurious and high quality while simultaneously being sustainable and eco-friendly.
Potters Textiles: A Fabric supplier based in Western Australia who focus on supplying high quality, beautiful linen to the Australian wholesale and retail market.
The trims used throughout Lois Hazel garments are just as important as the fabrics, and often something that is overlooked when it comes to sourcing sustainably. As Lois Hazel grows, we look forward to being able to put more effort into sourcing sustainable trims for our pieces. Here are a list of some of the suppliers we currently work with:
Mrecht: Founded in 1950 and based in Collingwood, VIC. Mrecht offers a wide range of trims for the clothing manufacturing industry here in Australia.
Jimmy Buttons: A family run business based in Collingwood that sells a wide variety of trims and accessories. Jimmy offers a range of surplus stock from his bigger clients alongside a range of vintage stock.
LZF: Founded in 1967, LZF is a Brunswick-based zip manufacturer that make all their zips in-house.
At Lois Hazel it is very important that the people who make our clothes are being looked after and treated fairly. As a result, we have made an effort to build personal relationships with our manufacturing partners to ensure that their working conditions were of a high standard – that the factories are safe, clean environments and that the employees are able to earn a decent living wage.
By making locally here in Australia, we are able to build close relationships with the people who work in the factories, bringing our pieces to life. This also reduces our carbon footprint, as product does not have to travel thousands of miles before reaching the Lois Hazel studio. Here is a list of the makers and manufacturers we work with:
CGT: A family run, ethically accredited factory based in Brunswick, just around the corner from the LH studio. CGT work with a range of Australian brands and offer small run manufacturing. You can check them out via instagram HERE
Vanessa Gullone: Vanessa and her team work out of her bright and airy factory in Heidelberg, which is a dream to visit and they are Ethical Clothing Australia accredited, meaning all are paid and looked after fairly. You can also check them out on instagram HERE
In-house: A small range of LH pieces are sewn in our Brunswick studio by our skilled team of designers and seamstresses.
When it comes to sustainability, running Lois Hazel in an ethical and sustainable way is a journey. Here are some of the goals we are currently working towards over the next 2-5 years.
Threads: Switch the thread used in LH garments to either 100% GOTS certified organic cotton or 100% Lenzing-certified Tencel thread.
Trims: Ensure that all trims used in LH pieces are either made from recycled materials or are sourced from certified sources such as:
100% Recycled zips
Traceable shell buttons
Recycled or paper-based buttons
We also aiming to introduce fabrics into the range where the entire supply chain can be traced and shared. We want to work closer with mills so that we can have a better and more open relationships with the weavers and growers of our fabrics.
Please get in touch if you think there are other areas of sustainable sourcing and manufacturing that you would like to see us explore here at Lois Hazel.