Looking after our planet is one of the most critical and timely issues we face, and it’s at the core of why a hop and a skip exists. Sustainability can mean so many different things. This is how sustainability is done at a hop and a skip:
Quality materials. Using quality materials and natural fibres which are comfortable, a renewable resource and biodegradable. Beautiful fabric ages well and with proper care will stay with you season after season.
Minimise landfill. Utilizing “dead stock” materials—discarded fabrics rejected by large fashion houses—. Instead of it ending up in landfill, I give it a new life in a piece to be loved and worn.
Mixing new with old! I love to scour op-shops and flea markets for pre-loved fabrics and vintage fashions and up-cycle them into new designs with that a hop and a skip magic touch.
Keep it small. Only releasing capsule collections with limited number of designs and limited number of garments. With left over materials I create one-of-a-kind items. Using up all scrap materials means less landfill.
Local manufacturing. The majority of production, including design, patternmaking, cutting and sewing, is done by me, in my home studio in Brisbane. Minimising the travel a garment has to make in it’s production life-cycle minimises its carbon footprint.
Supporting local artisans and businesses. I’m proud to work with local artisans where needed: cutters, machinists and pattern graders. It is more expensive than exporting the work overseas, but supporting Brisbane-based businesses helps maintain crafts and skills in our community that would otherwise be lost to globalisation.
Make do and mend! I offer a repair service for all my garments. If a hem has come loose, a button gone MIA, you’ve had a rip, or if for some reason you can no longer quite do up the zipper on that favourite dress of yours (how does that keep happening?), please email me at email@example.com and I'll book you for a repair or alteration. Price on application.
“We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly” - Anne Marie Bonneau