We care about the environment at Darla and want our studio to play a part in the slow fashion movement. From beginning to end, we keep all of our processes as transparent as possible.
Our made-to-order model
The majority of our items are made-to-order as we don’t believe in throwaway fast fashion. We take great pride in the craftsmanship of dressmaking and hold no stock, each Darla piece is created specifically for the customer that requests it.
We actively source dead-stock and end of line fabrics for most of our garments. By choosing unwanted material over new fabrics, we can help to stop the amount of waste that goes to landfill or is burnt by factories that no longer have a use for them.
We design, cut, sew and package everything in-house at the Darla studio, which is located in Greater Manchester. All of our sewing machines are energy efficient, and if we ever need additional seamstresses to help us fulfill orders, we always hire locally to give back to the local economy.
We try to reduce our fabric waste as much as we possibly can, by turning all of our offcuts into scrunchies and other small accessories. Anything that is too small to be reused will become one of our beautiful swing tag ribbons.
All Darla orders are delivered in biodegradable, recycled card and paper packaging. We use acid-free tissue paper to protect your pieces during their journey to you and we never ever use plastic, harmful chemicals or toxic dyes.
As Darla grows we want to continue to improve our sustainability efforts. We plan to do this by switching our studio over to a completely green energy supplier and enforcing a zero one-use plastic policy as we take on more staff. For now, please know we are doing all we can, and if you’d like more information on any of our sustainability practices you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org