We're privileged that our first Meet the Designer for 2018 will be with Anthony Laface, founder of Indecisive, a label that designs and makes their pieces from the South Coast of NSW, Australia from sustainable, surplus fabrics. Their philosophy is to balance modern and relaxed luxury with sustainability creating tran-seasonal pieces for all types of women.
A bit about Anthony Laface
Do you have a favourite book?
It’s hard to pick an all-time favourite. I have recently finished “Trevor Noah: Born A Crime” and I really enjoyed it! It brought a lot of perspective to some of the luxuries we have in life that we sometimes take for granted.
What music are you into?
I enjoy listening to a variety of genres. I usually listen to hip-hop & RnB (both the newer and old-school artists) and sometimes I listen to Indie music. I like cafe and deep house music also. It really depends on my mood and what I’m doing at the time I’m listening to the music.
Who is your fashion/design idol?
I don’t have a fashion/design idol.
What does happiness look like for you?
A big gathering surrounded by friends and family.
What is your spirit animal and why?
I haven’t ever considered having a spirit animal. If I had to guess I’d say a Bear. I like to hibernate in winter!
Why and when did Indecisive start?
The idea for indecisive was born in late 2014. Maggie has always been very interested in fashion and has been very enthusiastic about sewing. I am an engineer by background. One night we watched “The True Cost” together and based on what we saw we knew that there was lots of room for improvement in the fashion industry and we wanted to be a part of promoting that movement.
And so, Indecisive officially launched in July 2015. Our aim was to create a label that produced clothing using materials with the smallest impact on the earth while providing a nurturing and humane environment for skilled workers to ply their trade.
Where do you get your design inspiration or philosophy from?
The philosophy is minimalism. Inspiration comes from hundreds of pictures posted around our workshop and things that we see. We are based on the south coast of New South Wales, so our lifestyle is also a huge inspiration.
The fabric used for your range is carefully considered for its practicality but also for its sustainability. Are you able to shed more light on what fabrics you use?
Time for readers to get comfortable! Here goes...
We like to address fabrics with the mindset of minimising our impact on the environment. To do this we have two main targets:
- We must do our best to keep fabrics from making their way to landfill; and
- We must find a fabric with primary inputs that respect the environment.
To address the first point, all of our fabrics are “surplus stock”. This means that we do not place any orders for fabrics. This has a twofold effect. We don’t create demand for new fabrics to be manufactured, and we are keeping this fabric in the overall product life-cycle for longer. Our fabrics are sourced from various fashion houses/suppliers who would otherwise be ready to send these fabrics to landfills and we ensure that the fabric is still used, rather than spending 200+ years biodegrading away.
To address the second point, we use bamboo fabrics. We believe, bamboo as a plant matter, has far less environmental impacts compared to other plant matter. Here are just a few benefits that bamboo has over a plant such as cotton:
- Bamboo requires about ⅓ of the amount of water to grow when compared to cotton;
- Bamboo is able to grow more densely (i.e. it needs less land), at a faster rate and when harvested it is cut above the ground, meaning that soils remain unturned during the harvesting;
- Bamboo does not require harmful insecticides and pesticides to protect its growth; and
- Bamboo is a very effective plant when it comes to transforming carbon dioxide back into breathable air.
In summary, bamboo grows quicker and is less water, land and chemical-intensive during its growth phase compared to cotton.
But we know that nothing is perfect. For complete transparency, when bamboo is turned into a fibre, manufacturers use the chemicals sodium hydroxide and carbon disulphide. Less harmful chemicals can be used; however, we acknowledge that most of the manufactured bamboo use these chemicals.
The use of these chemicals is a source of contention amongst the sustainability community. Despite this, it is my belief that when looking at bamboo from a holistic perspective, the 4 sustainable benefits mentioned above significantly outweigh the downside of using some chemicals in one part of the manufacturing process.
Furthermore, and as previously mentioned we do not order any fabrics, we only use surplus bamboo fabrics, and so our use of bamboo does not add to the existing environmental footprint.
Our aim is to do our best. We are constantly looking at alternate fabrics with TENCEL® being an option. The agenda is to ensure that we use fabrics that we believe to have the smallest environmental footprint.
How important is it to support local manufacturing?
Very. We are a label that is very proud to be 100% Australian Made and Owned. There was once a thriving manufacturing industry in Australia and many skilled workers are still around and have a serious passion for every step in making clothing. We want to support this talent by creating an environment for skilled workers to ply their trade.
Why should more brands in the design space look into being more sustainable and ethical from a business point-of-view?
Contrary to popular belief, it can be far more profitable to focus on sustainability if you are resourceful. However, profit is just one aspect of the business, knowing that your day-to-day business is benefiting the world and really helping to make a difference is incredibly fulfilling.
What do you see as the next big trend(s) in fashion?
I think that overall the fashion industry will trend towards becoming more sustainable. I think that this will happen with innovation in manufacturing techniques, fabrics and plant matter selection and logistics.
I think more people will become aware of the power of their dollar and this will influence even the bigger players in this space to reconsider their business practices in an effort to stay relevant.
What’s next for Indecisive?
We have some new ranges coming out (dates still to be confirmed) for AW18. We encourage everyone to stay tuned, as we often surprise even ourselves.
Looking for effortless luxury that uses sustainable materials that are made here in Australia? Shop Indecisive here on Ethi.
Indecisive embodies the Environment, Material Sustainability, People, Animal-free and Your Local values.