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Made in Portugal with love

Ever wondered who made your clothes?  Chances are, if you are wearing some of VILDNIS' Tencel or organic cotton pieces, it is made by Josef or one of the eleven local women working for him.  While in Portugal visiting our suppliers last week, we passed by Josef, one of the subcontractors that we indirectly work with. As described in our previous blog, many garment factories outsource some of their production to subcontractors to manage peaks and lows in production better. Oftentimes its at this stage retailers lose the overview of their supply chain.  At VILDNIS, while only one of our three manufacturers outsource the production of our garments, part of our mission is to scrutinise our subcontractors as diligently as we would...

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Sticking to our core values

When I was a teenager I sold out on one of my values, the freedom to make my own choices. I wanted to get a nose piercing and my parents cleverly offered me a pair of the coolest roller-blades if I agreed to wait until my eighteenth birthday. I never got the nose piercing… I did, however, later reflect on how easily I traded away a core value for what was effectively a status symbol amongst my friends. I have later learnt that the most important thing is to stay true to those things you hold most precious, as this is what is going to make you happy in the long run. Even if it means that you will be...

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Why aren't all fashion brands using sustainable fabrics?

"And you are absolutely sure that you are able to source affordable sustainable fabrics?" one of our Directors asked me again. For the 10th time.  We were at the very beginning of our VILDNIS journey and I was presenting my vision to my fellow three company Directors. They all loved the idea of a sustainable fashion brand, and were now scrutinising the plan to decide whether the proposal was viable or not.  Having assured them that I could definitely source all the sustainable fabrics and materials needed for the collection, I was met with another question; "but if sustainable fabrics are widely available and affordable, then why aren't all fashion brands using them?" It is a very good question!  There have, of course, been obstacles on the fabric sourcing...

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Is cotton good for you and the planet?

We all want to make the best possible choices in our daily lives, but do you also find it difficult sometimes to know what the best option is? Cotton is one of the most popular fibres in the textile industry, providing jobs for millions of people across the world. Plucked directly from the cotton plant and being processed mechanically, it is as natural as it comes. It is soft, breathable and very comfortable to wear next to your skin.  Therefore, surely, cotton must be great for us and for the planet? Traditionally, cotton fabrics have certainly been perceived as the better choice in terms of the environment and our comfort, as opposed to synthetic fibres with a rocky reputation.  Unfortunately, cotton...

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Do you have to compromise on style to be sustainable?

Have you ever thought about changing your fashion buying habits to buying sustainable (ethical and/or eco-friendly) fashion only?  I did. A holiday in Borneo some years ago touched me deeply and inspired me to change my shopping habits. Borneo is one of the most beautiful places on the planet: white sandy beaches with clear turquoise waters, rain forests with an abundance of wild life, mangroves and impressive mountains. But it also has a darker side: the palm oil industry constantly expanding, deforesting and ruining wild life habitats. However much I love Nutella, upon our return to the UK I decided to make some changes to my grocery shopping habits and stop buying products with palm oil. Apart from having to ditch the incredibly...

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