Behind The Seams; Make And Source
Ethical sourcing and sustainability have become an integral part of who we are as a brand.
We are 100% committed to making an educated change towards better practices and conditions for the industry we love so much.
Sourcing unique trims, textiles, books, wares and inspiration in many forms from around the globe is one of our favourite things to do. We love nothing more than sharing this through our collections and across our retail stores.
Our team is passionate about the products we create. From the very beginning, authenticity is at the forefront of our ethos. Our designer's research, travel and immerse themselves in a chosen theme to be able to interpret and adapt into our own unique aesthetic. Over the years, have we scoured flea markets, seasonal pop-ups and almost anywhere to find the fabrics, vintage clothing, and curios we love, that drive our collections on a unique path. We are not
Hidden gems are everywhere if you look in the right places! Here our Creative Director, Amelia, and Product Development & Production Manager, Justine, find treasures throughout India – from beautiful artists at work to incredible street finds.
Meet the Makers
We pride ourselves on the relationships we have built with our suppliers over the years, from the owners of the factories to the merchandisers, makers in the factories and mills that produce our fabrics. We love visiting the makers in China & India up to 4 times a year so we can see our production in works, giving us a greater understanding of the process and allowing us to spend time with the wonderful people behind making our designs come to life.
A breakdown of our sources for fabrics and production
Much love and passion go into the making of our garments and accessories at our boutique-style factories. Here workers in India pay close attention to their practice ~ not without a cheeky grin!
We believe India are world leaders in creating the most beautiful embroideries. We understand how labour intensive hand embroidery can be, so we opt for highly technical machine embroidery techniques to interpret our signature embroidery designs. We currently have two skilled embroidery makers, one in Delhi and one in Jaipur.
Every one of our embroideries is unique to Tigerlily, custom designed in Australia and achieved so brilliantly by our makers in India.
One of our favourite boutique style factories pays special attention to the beautiful embroideries.The bulk of the embroideries are created with machine stitching (top image) and finished off by hand (bottom left).
We consolidate our production orders for freight to minimise CO2 emissions. We recognise sea freight is the more environmentally sound mode of freight and is, therefore, a major factor when planning our production timelines.
All Tigerlily goods are now delivered in biodegradable bags made with the additive D2W®. D2W® converts plastic products at the end of their life into materials which are biodegradable, leaving no toxic residues. Recycled cartons and swing tags have long been part of the delivery, but these polybags have more recently been implemented, and although we recognise this is a small change we continue to research further change as technology advances. Ethical sourcing and sustainability have become an integral part of who we are as a company. We are 100% committed ongoing to make an educated change towards better practices and conditions for the industry we love so much.
Amelia and Justine don't miss the opportunity to break with our merchandising friends in-between factory visits at our favourite Dim Sum lunch spots in the heart of Lai Chi Kok!
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.
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 trialing new materials and processes alongside our partners.
Creative Director Amelia in one of the factories in our much loved India.
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 in 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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