What you don't see with our label is just as important as what you do

When the idea of starting a fashion label was just that, an idea, I made a conscious decision to do things a little differently.

The difference you do see is in the way we market our clothes. We're the first brand to photograph on every size that we sell. Plus, we don't just pay lip service to diversity. Our campaigns feature women of different ages, colour, ability and beliefs. 

What you don't see is just as important. We absolutely do not want to contribute to the global glut of fashion which contributes to tonnes of waste every year. We produce considered collections in small quantities, made in Australia to last.  Getting those quantities spot on is a guessing game - one that we might always get right. Orders are made a minimum of six months in advance. The past two years has proven it's impossible to guess what the world will be doing six months in advance. 

We realised early on that we'd need policies and procedures in place to manage when that guessing game ends with an excess of stock. We don't try and compete with big retailers with seemingly constant discounting (you do know that the big guys inflate their prices because they know they'll discount frequently throughout the season, don't you?). We opt instead to keep our margins low and bring you quality pieces that we know will serve you well in your wardrobe.

We also help you build a wardrobe that's not just based on trends. Our foundation is built like we like to build our wardrobes - on the back of quality, non-boring basics. When we produce limited edition colours or prints, we make sure they work back with previous releases. 

By choosing to manufacture in Australia, we're not only supporting Australian workers and their families, those people are paid a fair wage and work under legal conditions. Our carbon footprint when it comes to freight is reduced because our stock is transported within Australia - between Sydney and Melbourne. Our fabrics, however, are manufactured overseas and distributed by Australian fabric suppliers who only work with ethical businesses. 

Other processes we've implemented to reduce our environmental impact include:

1. Repairing faulty items instead of sending them to landfill.
2. Making sure our clothes find their forever home by:
  • offering refunds on full priced items
  • donating excess stock to organisations such as Styling Station Queensland, which work together with Thread Together to help women in need have access to new clothes
  • offering a buy, swap and sell community 
3. Using compostable packaging where possible - we are slowly transitioning to plastic free.
We are far from perfect but please know we continually look at ways we can improve on what we're doing. If you ever have any concerns or ideas, please reach out to me at shop@stylingyou.com.au