In the process to create something tangible, we must take from the natural world. The impact of the unequal give and take between industry, people, and environment, particularly within the clothing industry, has generated far-reaching human suffering and environmental devastation.
This understanding has paved the foundation for our forward-thinking approach to clothing – one built on the pillars of transparency, responsibility, and ethical practices. We recognize that these pillars are not fixed labels, but rather ongoing practices in which we must always strive to embody more truly.
Fair and Just Labor
Just as important as our approach to production is the people whose hands bring our pieces to life. All of our garments are cut, dyed, and sewed in Bali, Indonesia. Each piece is made by our sewers in the comfort of their homes, rather than in a traditional factory setting. Working from home allows our makers to work at their own pace, attend prayer, and spend time with and care for their families.
All of our workers are paid a living wage in US dollars. Some of our highest skilled workers are paid 7 times as much as the Balinese minimum wage. We take pride in knowing our brand supports the livelihoods of over 25 people in Bali. To get to know the makers behind Belle and have a look inside our facilities, click here.
For our apparel and loungewear pieces, we use plant-derived dyes rather than conventional dyes. Unbeknownst to many, conventional dyes are derived from petroleum – meaning they require crude oil to be produced. Conventional dyes are also often carcinogenic, and are responsible for devastating and contaminating waterways in developing countries. That is why we use plant-dyes as often as possible. Many of the plant dyes we use are derived from plants grown locally at a farm in Bali, such as mango leaf, mahogany leaf, and ketapang leaf.
The Small Things
Responsible Textile Cutting – In an effort to reduce waste, our textile cutters cut fabric in a specific manner to avoid excessive scraps.