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About Indian Summer The Label

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Vision & Values:

Upholding the highest level of Sustainability and Ethical Production have always been the driving force behind every decision made at ISTL.


This includes working with only proven and certified ethical manufacturers, opting for biodegradable packaging components, selecting sustainable clothing materials, and planting a tree with every order.

 

I am very proud of the progress I have made, and envision my brand becoming even more involved in the community to help make an even greater impact.

 

Sustainable Fibres:

 

Plastic isn’t only present in wrapping or packaging, but is embedded into most clothing fabrics in the form of synthetic fibres. After the clothing pieces were worn once or twice, they were left for landfill. These clothes sit in landfills for thousands of years and release toxins into the soil.
 

In order to help address this issue, I only ever use the highest quality recycled fabrics. 

 

Most recycled fabrics that are used by my business are made from industrial and post-consumer waste: including fishnets, carpets, plastic bottles, and textiles - that would have otherwise added to global pollution.
 

This fabric is certified as STANDARD 100 by Oeko-Tex, the world’s leading company in testing fabrics to regulate harmful substances.

With every tonne of recycled fabric my manufacturers create, we save over 7 barrels of crude oil, and 5.7 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

My fabric is dyed with water-based dyes that have achieved accreditation to the Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS), OEKO-TEX®, and CLEAR TO WEAR certification schemes. Water-based inks are proven to be a more eco-friendly dying option in comparison with commercial plastisol inks, which contain PVC and phthalates that are harmful to the environment as well as general human health. 

 

Meet the Makers:

The garments created at ISTL are made across Oceania; from Western Australia to Indonesia, and I have a team of incredibly talented seamstresses. I’ve partnered with only the best manufacturers who meet my high standards around ethics and sustainability, environmental responsibility, and worker welfare. This comes at a price, and manufacturers that abide by these requirements are known to charge significantly more. But having smaller profit margins is a very small sacrifice for maintaining ISTL's core values and vision.

 

Meet the Founder:

My name is Abby, and I am the designer and creator of

Indian Summer The Label.

 

ISTL began as a small second-hand and vintage clothing store on Instagram, as well as an app called Depop. Since then, I have always been against fast fashion and have recognised the effects the industry has on the environment.

 

I was inspired to make my own clothing line following ethical and sustainable manufacturing as well as working with sustainable fabrics. I also aim to have very limited drops as well as a pre-order option on items to limit waste. 

 

I’ve always had a passion for designing clothing and swimwear, and through COVID seized the opportunity to take a leap into the fashion industry. I first started making swimwear designs when I started high school.

Fast forwards 7 years, here I am! 

 

Through supporting me and my small clothing label, you are not only receiving unique, timeless, and high quality wardrobe staples - you are also contributing to making the world a better place.

 

I owe all the thanks to you,

- Abby xx

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On my journey to becoming more sustainable - I have joined the 'Eco Alliance' to make sure all packaging is eco-friendly and biodegradable. This includes the stickers on my packaging which are made from FSC-certified paper, printed with soy-based inks, are acid, lignin and sulphur free and are 100% compostable.

In this Eco Alliance, I am contributing towards global reforestation - as with every order placed, a tree will be planted!

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