Our signature textiles
Ethical sourcing and sustainability have become an integral part of who we are as a brand.
We are 100% committed to making educated change towards better practices and conditions for the industry we love so much.
Our Ramo print story from the Casa Luna collection epitomises classic Tigerlily with the patchworking of cultures, colours and ideas. The Ramo print was inspired by traditional Mexican oil cloths as well as traditional Indian textiles and border trims. Ramo was digitally printed across our Italian lycra and sand washed silk.
On the left, our Textile Team in India last year, visiting and working with one of our print suppliers. On the right, a screen print in action, with the first screen complete.
~ Printing ~
As a brand, renowned for signature textile prints, we choose our printing mills based on the highest quality finishes. Our mills in China, feature state of the art processes and printing machinery engineered in Italy, Germany & Switzerland.
Our primary swimwear mill for the past 12 years is a member of the Zero discharge of hazardous chemicals (ZDHC) consortium. Our mill engages in environmentally responsible practices in regards to printing and sustainable treatment of waste off-run from the screen-printing process, ensuring no chemicals are entering the waterways surrounding our factories.
We have also proudly developed and refined highly technical engineered printing techniques to limit waste of our finished printed fabrics.
Our custom designs are exposed on to screens, one colour per screen! Then the screens are re purposed, ready to use again for our new designs again the following season.
~ Excess Fabrics ~
Our design approach involves some careful planning around the best usage of our fabrics. Engineering our beautiful prints means we can be as efficient as possible and reduce our wastage and costs. However, at times, there is of course excess! And we love nothing more than to find creative uses for these…If you have set foot in one of our stores you will have seen the eclectic, soft furnishings made from these excess fabrics. We love to use every scrap of these fabrics for cushions, curtains, promotional ‘head-scarfs’ or anything we can think of that works in print! (which is everything in our eyes).
Samples arrive at our office constantly and we work meticulously with our printers to ensure optimum print quality and standards.
Our printers work with water based inks which are friendlier than solvent based inks. On the right we see traditional methods are still used in the finishing of fabrications.
We are so proud of our long-standing relationships (10+ years) with most of our supplier base. Visibility in the supply chain goes far beyond knowing the owners of the factories. Our Management, Design, and Production Teams regularly visit the offices, factories and even some of the mills that produce for Tigerlily (often 4 times yearly). We engage with 10 boutique-midscale factories for 90% of our production.
We have been conducting 3rd party audits of our factories for almost a decade now. In 2015 as part of our growing commitment, we appointed globally recognised auditors, Bureau Veritas, to continue our quest for greater visibility. Bureau Veritas has supported our journey for continual improvement in quality, environmental compliance and social responsibility.Evaluation is based on our code of conduct, containing standards equivalent to SA800 and Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP).
Our suppliers are intrinsic to all that we do and these relationships have been built with a shared respect. Our Product Development Team are passionate about improving efficiency throughout the entire process – from design, development, sampling, pre-production and shipment stage. We promote environmental responsibility and are trialling new materials and processes alongside our partners.
For our Sun print swim story from our Casa Luna collection, the artwork is engineered to every pattern piece to avoid wastage and ensure every bikini is as perfect as the next. We especially love this group as it is not only printed, but gold-foiled too!
Rotary printing is a special technique that we employ for printing our major textile stories ~ the benefits are endless, including less ink wastage, quicker and more accurate results and more colour flexibility.
Tigerlily is committed to ethical business practices but admittedly we have much work to do. The demands of this will change and evolve as we continue to delve deeper into our supply chain sources, review new technologies and refine production processes.
In the past 2 years, we have actively taken part in Australian fashion industry forums with Australian NGO’s Fashion Revolution, Baptist World Aid and Stop the Traffik. We believe in working together as an industry to progress towards greater change.
In the 2017 ‘Behind the Barcode’ Australian Ethical Fashion report, we scored a C+. While this is an improvement on last year’s ‘C’, we are already focusing on areas to improve for 2018.
As we grow globally, our commitment continues, especially with a focus for the next 12 months on two main areas; worker empowerment and to gain further confidence with our printing methods and sustainability of our fabrications.
Please contact us if you would like any further detail on our approach and progress regarding our product life cycle and social responsibility… Info@tigerlilyswimwear.com.au
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