We dream of a world where slow is the new norm and our voracious need to consume does not compromise our planet and the needs of the future generation. A world where everybody embraces slow fashion to create a wardrobe that lasts long - not a wardrobe that’s built on fast fashion trends that harm our planet. We ask questions about who, how and where our clothes are made. We consume because we chose to consciously and not just because we can.
Remember that the fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the planet – although this might not change radically in a year or two, we can slowly get there if we work together and make changes continuously even if they are small - they add up.
This is a pledge to you - our customers. Years will come and go, but in the list below are some things that you can always expect from us.
- We are not/will never be a fast fashion brand and do not follow fashion trends. Our focus is and always will be on longevity - timeless, classic and thoughtful design.
- We do not/will never have seasonal collections – we add new items from time to time. We will always prioritize quality over quantity.
- We do not/will never use synthetic fibers in our products unless it’s recycled – currently less than 10 % of our products have label tags made from non-recycled polyester, by the end of 2020 all our apparels and accessories will have label tags made from OEKO-TEX 100 certified 100% cotton or OEKO-TEX 100 certified 100% recycled polyester.
- We do not/will never use toxic dyes in any of our apparels and accessories. We use AZO free dyes only.
- We do not/will never position ourselves as a sustainable fashion brand, but as a slow fashion brand that is passionate about handmade apparels made from the highest quality natural fibers. Sustainability is a very broad term and it is hard to work with every aspect of it, however we work a lot with sustainability and it is in our DNA. We know that there is a lot more we can do with sustainability and that excites us. We will take on different tangible initiatives focused on sustainability in the year 2020 and further.
- We do not/will never have a large inventory. We only produce in small batches – the biggest batch we have done so far is 20 for Scarf Iname. This is one of the biggest reasons why our products are expensive. We are committed to promoting moderate consumption every way that we can.
- We do not/will never have stock clearance/end of season sales – well we do not have big stocks to clear after-all.
- We do not/will never promote senseless consumerism – no black Friday, cyber Monday or Single’s day sales.
- We do not/will never work with big suppliers who mass produce in big batches – we only work with carefully vetted small suppliers and believe in building strong personal relationships with them. We have come up with a questionnaire focusing on different areas – sustainability goals and vision, working conditions, ethical and social impact, environmental impact and etc. It helps us to get to know them better, where they are currently and where they are heading. By the end of 2020 we will publish responses to this questionnaire from each and every supplier we work with.
- We avoid plastics usage in our product packaging – each and every Kalilo product is neatly packed in a cotton dust bag. We will slowly phase out existing cotton dustbags and introduce dustbags made either from BCI certified 100% cotton or GOTS certified 100% organic cotton.
- The shipping cardboard box we use is recyclable and made from FSC certified and responsibly sourced material. The adhesive tape used (in case needed) for outer packaging is made from 100% recycled plastic. Hang label thread is OEKO-TEX 100 certified 100% cotton.
- We do not/will never use low quality fibers – we want our products to last long and to be re-used as much as possible whether given away or sold second hand, keep the circularity of our apparels and accessories going. We fully understand that classic designs made from the highest quality fibers have a good chance of having decent second hand value.