Fast Fashion - Clothes have never been cheaper
Environment and sustainability are on everyone's lips, and in our opinion they should be, as the clothing industry is the fourth largest environmental burden in Europe. Fast Fashion is the big culprit. In fact, clothing has never been cheaper than it is today and that is unfortunately not a good thing. In the fashion industry, it is said that the seasons are no longer 4 times a year, but 52, one for each week. Environmental costs, low quality and poor working conditions make it possible to produce clothing at a fraction of what it should cost.
We want more clothing joy
Quality, employee welfare and sustainability naturally have a longer lifespan, and then it has the bonus that it provides greater clothing enjoyment. Therefore, it always pays in the long run to buy good quality, even if the price here and now is higher than prices on fast fashion. For the small vintage style brands we lead, it is important that they take into account one or more things that we stand for, and we would like to explain a little more about that here. So you can decide for yourself what is most important to you when you try to be part of the fight for a better environment and better conditions. It can be difficult to see what is best for the environment, and whether what is best for the environment also takes into account other important things such as working conditions, place of production, and animal welfare. Therefore, we try to tell a little about this, even if we can not get all our brands.
Palava in Turkey - "I made your clothes"
Local production in England at The House of Foxy
Zoe Vine production in Asia
The joy of the unique piece of clothing
Let's start with ourselves. We have adjusted from the big ones Mondo Kaos bags for environmentally friendly degradable bags. So when you bring your beautiful vintage-inspired clothes home in a bag that may not look as luxurious as our old bags or the beautiful dresses you just bought, you can rejoice that they are sustainably made and biodegradable . And then we have new degradable shipping bags, which we look forward to using. It happens at the beginning of the new year, or as soon as the old ones are exhausted.
No overproduction - no waste
Our regular customers want to know that we only take a few items home of each, and unfortunately it happens that customers go disappointed from here because their size of a particular vintage dress was sold out and cannot be ordered home again. It can perhaps be comforting that this is actually the core of our and many of our brands' production ethics, namely that there is no overproduction, but that only what is ordered from the dealers, us! In this way, we all help to reduce the huge overproduction of clothes that ends up in landfills every year. In addition, you ensure yourself a beautiful piece of vintage clothing as there are certainly not a lot of others who have either.
Sustainability and fair trade from our vintage brands
The core values of most of ours retro and vintage style brands is one or more of the following; small production, sustainable materials / sustainable production such as water-saving printing, ecology, working conditions, European production (or for our American brands; production in the USA), durability- expensive materials that last!
Our brands pretty much all have a limited production. Several of them only produce what is ordered from the retailers and to the brand's own online shop. Virtually all brands are trying to find ways in which they can improve in terms of the green footprint that clothing and shoe production leaves behind in the world.
New at Mondo Kaos: Swedish Stockings
First a really good news here at Mondo Kaos! We are super happy to present you with wonderful quality socks from Swedish Stockings. With their innovative techniques, they help to create new sustainable ways of producing socks, and the quality and appearance are top notch.
Both are a priority because in Mondo Kaos we can not do without beautiful socks with all the beautiful dresses.
Innovative sustainable socks from Sweden
Swedish Stockings is a brand that specializes in producing socks, tights and tights from surplus production and plastic. A big culprit in environmentally friendly production is of course all the fabric waste that is wasted. Swedish Stockings takes them and uses them in the production of their socks. But it does not stop there; their new innovation tights are made of PET bottles, and then Swedish Stockings uses your old nylon socks to make fiberglass tanks which are used for industry.
You can hand in 3 pairs of nylon socks (or more) at Mondo Kaos and get 10% off your purchase of Swedish Stockings - then we will send them up to Swedish Stockings so they can be included in their production.
The socks are of the highest quality made in Italy at an emission-free factory.
EUROPEAN PRODUCTION OF YOUR VINTAGE CLOTHES
It is important for us to make sure that the brands we sell go a lot into fair trade and employee welfare. They all work closely with the textile factories and the finished product (unless they do it "in house") to ensure the high standard of both material quality and the final result.
Very Cherry vintage style clothing designed in the Netherlands produced in Poland.
This applies, for example Very Cherry where all the clothes are designed in Holland by Caroline, and produced in a small factory in Poland. The clothes must be of a quality where it must be able to be used again and again so that it is sustainable.
The House of Foxy - Made locally in England and in Europe
The same goes for another of our favorite brands The House of Foxy. The House of Foxy sells top quality vintage inspired clothing which is made locally in England and Europe. Clare, who is behind The House of Foxy, has today, among other things. employed four seamstresses, a pattern cutter, a clothing manager and a production manager. The House of Foxy produces a lot of their clothes even in England.
Asia - under controlled proper conditions
Brands like Zoe Vine and Unique Vintage are among those who have chosen to have production in Asia. However, there is still full focus on employee welfare. The clothes are produced in Vietnam and China, respectively, under proper and secured conditions, and under strict supervision, so that the employees have the best conditions.
Organic cotton and environmental heroes
Palava - Organic cotton made in Europe
We also have brands such as Palava, using exclusively organic cotton grown and spun in Turkey in small factories. Palava places great emphasis on sustainability, and has taken a number of precautions to produce as environmentally friendly as possible while having a strong focus on employee welfare. All dresses, skirts and trouser suits being sewn at a small factory on the outskirts of London, and all theirs knit being manufactured in Turkey. Last but not least, Palava packs their clothes in biodegradable bags, rather than plastic; a small step towards a plastic free future.
Like our other brands, Palava only produces small batches at a time, thus avoiding waste and overproduction, and you can be sure that the clothes you buy from Palava are not only high quality but also unique.
Our international brands with sustainability in focus
Heart of Haute - family business with the environment in mind
A brand that, in addition to employee welfare and local production, also has a different approach, is Heart of Haute. They have been thinking about how to reduce water consumption, which is one of the biggest environmental sinners when it comes to clothing production. By printing the clothes with digital prints, it means no washing and no chemicals are flushed out into the environment. Teresa and Mandy who are the women behind Heart of Haute produce all their clothes in a small sewing studio in LA, assisted by two seamstresses.
Charlie Stone - Australian shoes with sustainability in mind
Charlie Stone is a brand that is constantly trying to improve in terms of the green footprint that clothing and shoe production leaves behind in the world.
Charlie Stone is one sko which you have for many years, and the brand provides instructions on how you yourself, by maintaining your shoes, can ensure that you have it extra long. In addition, the brand uses 100% compostable plastic bags and only a minimum of tissue paper inside the box and shoe.
Good leather is in many ways very sustainable, especially as it is also biodegradable.
The road to a greener future
So why are we writing all this? This is to draw attention to the fact that we ourselves must also make a choice towards a greener future and new buying habits. If we want to support the brands that are trying to make a difference, we must also look at the overall picture.
It is clear that for small brands it is also about finding a way to make a sustainable production, and still keep the prices reasonable. Therefore, it is difficult from the start to make both fair trade, locally produced, organic and small batches at a reasonable price. Then it is important to keep in mind that not only do you buy from small retailers that sell sustainably manufactured goods, but you also help them to continue on the sustainable path. At Mondo Kaos, we focus on negotiating vintage style brands that have these core values, but which also retain the high quality and of course the look that we want to negotiate, and that we know our customers want to find with us.
We are always ready to guide you to a sustainable wardrobe, and answer your questions in the store, we look forward to your visit.
Team Mondo Kaos ❤
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