The term ethical fashion is subjective and is influenced by one’s values. It is up to each of us to determine 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 this reason, each level of research, development and construction is carried out using the highest quality materials and construction, ensuring minimal waste.
MANY PEAKS ASSEMBLY
SUPERIOR PATTERN DRAFTING
Many Peaks Assembly has a particular focus on pattern drafting. Each pattern is trialled and tested for freedom of movement, style, comfort and minimal fabric wastage before going into production. A highly refined pattern is the backbone of any wardrobe staple.
MADE FROM NATURAL FIBRES
Many Peaks Assembly uses Linen, Silk, Wool, Cashmere, Hemp & Jute fabrics. (Though Cotton is a natural fabric it is avoided where possible due to the energy and water required in its production and the chemical pesticides used when not organically grown.)
Natural fibres are more expensive but they require less chemicals in their production, last longer, are better for the health of the environment, and at the end of the garment's life, are biodegradable.
Linen is the most commonly used fabric at Many Peaks Assembly. Not only is linen one of the most ecologically sound fibres it is also renowned for its durability and long-life. The tensile strength of linen thread is double that of cotton and three times that of wool and its production uses five to twenty times less water and energy than the production of cotton or other synthetic fabrics. Linen is completely biodegradable and recyclable, virtually lint free, non-static, non-allergenic, naturally insect-repellent and possesses rare antibacterial properties. Linen is even helpful in treating a number of allergic disorders, fever and inflammatory conditions and it also promotes sleep. Linen is highly absorbent, 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 that determines the quality of a fabric. Where and how the fibre is processed, spun and woven or knitted into cloth all have an impact on the excellence of the end product.
Fabrics are predominantly sourced from Australia, Europe & Japan with strong histories of quality and craftsmanship and where established work conditions and pay laws are in place. The work of independent textile designers is incorporated into Many Peaks Assembly collections where possible.
All garments are cut individually in small quantities in my Fremantle studio, generating minimal waste.
All garments are constructed by me or my friend Alexandra. My production is local and that means there are no minimum quantities and I can monitor every level of production.
FEATURE FRENCH AND BOUND SEAMS
Each garment features French and bound seams ensuring a luxurious finish and a garment that is as beautiful inside as out.
PATCHWORKED REMNANT GARMENTS
Scraps are collected and patchworked, together with French seams, to create a piece of cloth large enough to make a unique one-off garment. These one-of-a-kind patchworked garments are limited due to the nature of the process.
Each of these product and construction considerations increases the quality, craftsmanship & sustainability of our garments, however these decisions also result in a higher price point. For this reason, emphasis is placed on wearability & longevity – resulting in timeless, trans-seasonal, comfortable, versatile Many Peaks Assembly garments that you can continue to love and wear for years to come.