It is our collective responsibility to extend the life-cycle of garments by being mindful of their journeys. From make and delivery, to how they’re treated after purchase.
Let’s talk about journeys: the ones every single one of your garments make. The ones you’ll find here, at les girls les boys, the ones in your wardrobe, the ones you clear out, and every garment you choose to purchase throughout the course of your entire life.
When you start to think about these collective journeys, it can get overwhelming. For us, it’s why we design everything for a reason. A real reason.
We do this through considered, purposeful design and bespoke fit-for-purpose fabrics that enable you to buy once, and wear forever.
Because, in truth, how we make and look after things - whether they be clothes, our technology, furnishings, or anything else - matters more than what we make. It’s all the previously ‘invisible’ elements that we must be conscious of looking out for, to talk about, and to consider when we make new acquisitions. At les girls les boys, our awareness of garment journeys trickles across our design, manufacturing, responsibility, and operations.
For us, there are three stages to garment journeys:
1. How we make it
We spend most of our time figuring out how to best make, rather than design, garments. We consider the fabrics we’ll use, based on the end-function of the garment: does it need to be naturally antimicrobial? How should this feel when it’s worn? What versaility can it offer? How will it be truly useful? What does it say to the rest of the world?
Our factories and makers are our audited and accredited partners. They do not engage in child labour, discrimination, unfair working hours, or any unsafe practises. We know about the machines they use, the regularity of their employee pay, and whether or not they use subcontractors - a way for manufacturers to hide unacceptable, intensive working conditions. In short, we work with our factories because we know we can trust them.
2. How we get it to you
Balancing the protection of your garments in transit and limiting our impact on the environment is a balance we’re constantly striving to get right. We’re proud to be able to say that the majority of our packaging is not only recycled and/or recyclable, but also reusable. Our subtly branded compostable zip-bags, large and small, function as gym bags, travel wash bags, on-the-go small essential organisers, and even bags to bed your favourite plant in. We all must reuse first, recycle second. We are working to make our packaging 100% reusable and recyclable in the future.
3. How it’s looked after
As a purchaser, your responsibility is to educate yourself on the right fabrics to choose, the information to look out for, the questions to ask, and how to care for your items once they’re delivered to you. 20-30% of a garment’s carbon footprint is determined once it has been purchased. The more you care for your garments, the longer they last. Garment care is its own ecosystem that covers the detergents you choose to use, the methods in which you wash and dry, and the way you maintain each item in your wardrobe.
Be kind to yourself and others learning to shoulder this responsibility. Be comforted by the many hands that work to design, make, and get your garments to you, and that by empowering yourself with garment care knowledge you can, in turn, look after them.
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