"I think it's unsustainable for the fashion industry to continue relying on cheap, sweatshop labour to churn out millions of crappy garments and so Theo is basically the opposite.
Ethical manufacturing is a non-negotiable for Theo however, our small batch approach to production made it difficult to approach factories in the beginning. This limitation gave way to a simple solution - to omit factories completely and work directly with skilled makers!
By working directly with makers we provide a flexible working arrangement where makers are able to work from home, care for their children and continue living in rural areas rather than moving away from their families and into big cities. Our small production quantities preserve the 'old-school' way of making clothing that values skill over mass production and means each piece has genuinely been created with care. Having face to face conversations regularly and committing to long-term relationships builds trust and transparency at all levels of the supply chain and we get a much more accurate idea of what 'fair pay and working conditions' mean for each individual family."