We have a mindful approach towards designing Fashion with sustainability as a starting point, these are our key values:
- One planet. As we appreciate the beautiful planet we live on, we want to keep it that way. So we try to use only renewable materials which are ideally minimally processed and don’t cause any disturbance to local communities and wildlife. We currently work with low impact materials such as bamboo viscose for our digital prints, which is antibacterial and takes fewer resources to be made, the trees grow quickly and need significantly less water than cotton. We have also introduced banana mesh fibre, which is made from the waste of banana tree stems, also biodegradable. In our latest collection, we have developed custom weaves made with NewLife recycled yarns from post-consumer plastic waste creating a Circular Fashion cycle. We use natural trims such as corozo buttons, which are made with the shell of the corozo fruits (typically Colombian), we also used coconut buttons, made out of coconut shells. Both buttons are biodegradable and made from waste materials.
- London production. Because all the garments are made in house or in London based factories we have direct control and the ability to visit the factory at any time to ensure good working conditions. We produce a limited amount of samples and we encourage made to order to avoid the unnecessary stock.
- Minimal waste. One of our aims is to create near-zero waste. Why not zero waste? Well, when you use a pair of scissors you immediately create an offcut and therefore potentially waste. We try to use offcuts for sewing samples, upcycling projects and stuffing. We order only what we need.
- Local sourcing. By sourcing our fabrics, trimmings and other materials locally we support local businesses and reduce the travel distance of materials and therefore reducing the environmental impact. We use a lot of deadstock materials which means that is the end of the roll or discarded materials from other businesses, which sadly end up in a warehouse sometimes years or until it gets to the landfill. It’s a great way to use fabric waste or excess production which occurs very commonly in the fashion chain.
- Be kind. Treat others how you want to be treated. For us this means to focus on customer interaction, supplier relationships, paying fair rates for products and services. And being thankful for being able to exist and share our creations.
# BuyNothing #MakeSomething
Upcycled Fabric Toucan
We’re so excited to present the mini version of the Anciela toucan, made and stuffed with AW19 fabric remnants. As part of the #StayHome series “buy nothing make something” we want to encourage you to create something new. You don’t need to buy fabric, upcycle something, give a second life to that item of clothing you don’t wear anymore.
Visit our Instagram tutorial here: Toucan tutorial IGTV
Upcycled fabric orchid
Anciela is inspired by the orchid, Colombia’s national flower.
The fabric orchid can be worn as a pin, added to a headpiece or added to your garment. Please find the IGTV tutorials on Anciela’s Instagram: Upcycled Fabric Orchid IGTV