HOW ARE WE SUSTAINABLE?
We consider the socio-economic impact of each element that goes into crafting our collections. Our main focus at Lilabare is two-fold: recycling & heritage. Cleaning up the international industry waste is the first step into moving towards a fully circular fashion production model: we have to use all our existing resources in order to make room for new ones. Heritage refers to craftsmanship, speciality fabrics and techniques. Anything that has a unique story is interesting to us, particularly when we know where it’s come from.
USE OF HANDCRAFTED FABRICS
There are fabrics & there are fabrics. Breathability and comfort only comes from the best quality textiles: organic, handspun; touched by humans. In order to keep textile craft traditions alive, our first priority is to buy handcrafted fabrics with a story.
The best of human legacy is worth preserving after all.
% WASTED IN HOUSE
Once our fabric arrives at our atelier & sampling unit in Kenya, we monitor it closely and use every inch possible. We use the excess that we create when cutting garments in reusable packaging, pocket squares & garment trims.
Currently, our average percentage of wasted fabrics per collection is 0.02%.
With the textile industry being so wasteful of nature’s precious resources, we aim to consume as much post-production industry waste as possible. Our first contribution to sustainability is to ensure that no resources go to waste.
In addition to prioritizing handcrafted textiles above all others, we ensure that the majority of our collections are made from upcycled fabrics that help reduce the global fashion industry waste.
%OF HANDCRAFTED FABRICS USED
This is in relation to synthetic fabrics, or where we cannot trace the fabric to its original source (village or farm).
Our current collection, The Amani Edit, uses 90% handcrafted textiles, each of which have a story and heritage behind them.
We run a small atelier unit in Kenya, our homebase, that exclusively seeks to employ tailors with potential to expand their technical knowledge, who would otherwise not have access to this information. With each collection, we train our team on different aspects of design, textiles, and quality standards. This advances their skillset and value as a specialised professional.
We also train our team on waste-minimizing techniques consistently in our plastic-free workshop.
USE OF NON-TEXTILE HANDCRAFT
In case you didn’t pick up on this already, we take our handcraft very seriously around here. Our signature buttons and beads are made from recycled, artisanal made brass; usually melted down from old pipes, sinks & padlocks.