HOW ARE WE SUSTAINABLE?

Preserving the good stuff out of respect for the planet & those living on it. Our main focus at Lilabare is two-fold: recycling & heritage.


Our (circular) Model of Production

  • Cotton grows

  • Made into yarn

  • Yarn is woven / spun / loomed into fabric

  • Fabric is dyed

  • Other designer orders fabric for use

  • Manufacturers create excess fabric to account for errors

  • We buy the excess

  • Design according to fabrics & resources

  • Excess fabric used to make reusable packaging, more garments and accessories.

  • Retail

  • You buy the garment

  • Once you tire of it, you send it back to our studio to reuse

  • Its materials are repurposed

Linear Model of Production

  • Cotton grows

  • Made into yarn

  • Yarn is woven / spun / loomed into fabric

  • Fabric is dyed

  • Designer orders fabric for use

  • Manufacturers create excess fabric to account for errors

  • Designers buy only their order or less

  • Design inspired by anything & everything

  • Excess fabric thrown away as scrap and ends up in landfill

  • Retail

  • You buy the garment

  • Once you tire of it, you throw / donate it

  • It goes into waste or landfill, or negatively

    impacts the garment industries of donor countries.

 

use of recycled fabrics

 
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Our first step towards cleaning up our industry is consuming that which we have already made. Cleaning up this 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. We source textiles from manufacturing excess, to make sure no resources end up in landfill. Our designs are inspired by what we discover (you’d be amazed at the incredible qualities that some would have otherwise thrown away!)

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 <3%.

The best of human legacy is worth preserving after all.

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water preserved

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tailor skillsets

 
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handcraft preserved

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origins

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With each killogram of fabric we recycle, we are also making use of the resources that went into the creating the textile. We calculate the amount of water preserved based on cotton averages, which is our most used textile.

It takes 2720 litres of water to make an average tshirt, which weighs about 250 grams.

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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 the skills required to make a Lilabare garment. With each collection, we train our team on different aspects of design, textiles, and quality standards. We seek to empower our team with knowledge, and increase their value as a specialised professional.

We also train our team on waste-minimizing techniques consistently in our zero-waste (and plastic-free!) workshop.

This is Ben, our Master Tailor; he is responsible for turning design sketches and measurements into actual garments. When he first joined, he was "used to doing just a few designs, but now I know so much more which is exciting. I feel supported at Lilabare, and I know I am well taken care of here". To us, knowing that our team is cared for and feel appreciated is necessary in order for us to celebrate our work every day. If you have any questions about our team, please ask us!

This is Ben, our Master Tailor; he is responsible for turning design sketches and measurements into actual garments. When he first joined, he was "used to doing just a few designs, but now I know so much more which is exciting. I feel supported at Lilabare, and I know I am well taken care of here". To us, knowing that our team is cared for and feel appreciated is necessary in order for us to celebrate our work every day. If you have any questions about our team, please ask us!


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.

Our current collection, The Amani Edit, uses 90% handcrafted textiles, each of which have a story and heritage behind them.

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Each element of your Lilabare garment is carefully selected from within our sustainable parameters. Handcraft & industry waste, and our inspiration, comes from around the world. We like to make sure that we know the stories of each individual who has worked on every element that we work with, and we trace each material to its origin.

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