The term ethical fashion is subjective and influenced by ones values. It is up to each of us to contemplate what our values are and how these shape our ethical concerns in relation to fashion. What am I comfortable supporting? How can I establish a healthier relationship with my clothes? In what ways can I help improve the current fashion system?
Many Peaks Assembly is founded on the principle of buying less and buying better. For each of us as individuals to research and consider every single item purchased before supporting any industry in the production of 'things'. For this reason, every level of research, development and construction is carried out using the highest quality materials, construction and minimal waste.
MANY PEAKS ASSEMBLY
SUPERIOR PATTERN DRAFTING
With a particular focus on pattern drafting, each pattern is trialled and tested ensuring fit, freedom of movement, style, comfort and minimal fabric wastage before going into production. A highly refined pattern is the backbone to any wardrobe staple.
MADE FROM NATURAL FIBRES
Linen, Silk, Wool, Cashmere, Hemp & Jute (cotton is avoided where possible due of the amount of chemical pesticides used when not organically grown and the excessive amount of energy and water required in its production)
While natural fibres do cost more initially, they require less chemicals in their production, last longer, are better for the health of the environment and you, and at the end of the garment's life, are biodegradable.
Linen is the most commonly used fibre at Many Peaks Assembly. Not only is it one of the most ecologically sound. It’s renowned for it’s durability and long-life, the tensile strength of linen thread is twice as high as that of cotton and three times that of wool, its production uses five to twenty times less water and energy than the production of cotton or other synthetic fabrics, is completely biodegradable and recyclable, virtually lint free, non-static, non-allergenic, naturally insect-repellent and possesses rare antibacterial properties and is even helpful in treating a number of allergic disorders, fever and inflammatory conditions and promotes sleep. It’s also highly absorbent being able to hold up to 20% of its own weight in moisture whilst still feeling dry to the touch. The nodes along the length of the linen fibre absorb perspiration, then swell and release the moisture to the outside air, thus allowing the body to breathe.
CONSTRUCTED FROM QUALITY FABRICS
Many Peaks Assembly understands that it is not simply the fibre content determining a fabrics properties. Where and how the fibre is processed, spun and eventually woven or knitted into cloth will determine the overall quality of the fabric.
Fabrics are predominantly sourced from Australia, Europe & Japan where there are strong histories of quality and craftsmanship and established work condition and pay laws in place. As much as possible, the work of independent textile designers are incorporated into Many Peaks Assembly collections.
All garments are cut individually and by hand in my White Gum Valley studio in small quantities or made to order ensuring minimal waste.
All garments are constructed either by me or my friend Alexandra. Keeping my production local means that there are no minimum quantities that need to be ordered and I can monitor every level of production and those involved in it.
FEATURE FRENCH AND BOUND SEAMS
A luxurious finish ensuring the garment is as beautiful inside as out.
POJAGI remnant garments
Scraps are collected and patchworked together using the Korean Pojagi seam technique to create a piece of cloth large enough to make a unique one-off garment from. Because of the nature of this process, these one-of-a-kind patchworked garments are very limited, usually 1-2 each collection.
Many Peaks Assembly understands that each of these elements, whilst increasing the quality, durability, uniqueness, craftsmanship & sustainability of our garments, adds up, resulting in a product of a higher price point. For this reason, emphasis is placed on timeless, trans-seasonal, comfortable, versatile designs, thus increasing the wearability & longevity of the garments so that you can continue to love and wear them for years to come.