Responsibility and transparency

RESPONSIBILITY & TRANSPARANCY

We all have a responsibility to protect our planet and our people. As a start-up fashion brand, FéRí feels, even more so, the need to do things the right way from the beginning. It takes all colours to make a rainbow and we embrace the beauty and strength that comes from diversity across race, gender, age, religion, identity, culture and experience.  At FéRí, we love and value our community of Ferifolk.  As we grow, we are continually learning ways to celebrate this positivity across the business and we value all you have to say to help us do better with inclusivity.

Our goal is to become a fully sustainable business but as a small company we have limited resources in relation to what we can achieve at the moment. We are always striving to do better but what we can guarantee is our honesty and our commitment to our responsibilities by being transparent in what we are doing today:

WHERE WE MAKE OUR PRODUCTS

At FéRí we believe in manufacturing garments local to where the raw materials ( fabrics/ trims etc) are sourced. Everything we create is 100% designed in Ireland including all of our prints and embroideries which are drawn and hand-painted in our studio in Wexford .

IRELAND-A large percentage of our collection is made in Ireland, both in our studio and with an amazing seamstress. For our Irish production we do not import any fabrics or trims, the raw materials we use are Irish Linen , vintage, up-cycled or dead-stock materials, trims and locally made covered buttons. Everything is made to the highest quality in very small batches.

INDIA-We are very grateful to have built a relationship with a supplier in India who understands our core values and is willing to work with our very small quantities, something that is essential to our business model that does not engage in mass production.  Our supplier sources our natural fabrics (orange crepe, organic cotton and silk) and manufactures our garments in her family run factory which employs less than 10 people. The factory has been audited and is SEDEX approved*, guaranteeing workers have a fair wage and suitable working conditions to make our collections . We last visited our Indian suppliers in February 2020.

*SEDEX (sedexglobal.com) is one of the worlds leading ethical trade service providers, working to improve working conditions in global supply chains. They provide practical tools, services and a community network to help companies improve their responsible and sustainable business practices, and source responsibly.

OUR DESIGN PROCESS

Everything FéRí is 100% designed by Faye in her studio in Wexford. We collect and deconstruct vintage garments and textiles to inspire each piece we design. Each of our FéRí prints and embroideries begin as drawings and paintings and are exclusive to FéRí. Once our artworks are designed, we create repeat a print in a digital format which are sent to our supplier in India where they are digitally printed onto our natural fabrics. Digital Textile Printing is a far more sustainable option of printing when compared with traditional rotary screen printing which uses in the region of 50-60 litres of water per metre. Digital Textile Printing also uses smaller quantities of colour, typically 10% of the volume used when compared to screen printing. All of the dyes we use are Azo-free.

Some of the pieces that we make in Ireland are made using dead-stock fabrics which are often already printed when we buy them.

THE NATURAL ORGANIC FABRICS WE USE

FéRí products are made using ‘reclaimed fabrics’ (see more under next heading below) OR natural fabrics.  All of the ‘new’ fabric that we are responsible for producing  (Orange Crepe, Organic Cotton, Silk and Irish Linen) is made of natural fibres. Natural fibres are biodegradable, unlike polyesters and other petroleum derived and plastic based fabrics which shed particles into the water system and do not decompose over time, often ending up in landfill. All of our packaging is recyclable and/or biodegradable with 90% of it sourced in Ireland.

Organic Cotton is a vegan product made from natural seeds and has a low impact on the environment. It is grown without the use of toxic pesticides and fertilisers. Instead it uses methods and materials that replenish and maintain soil fertility and ensure a safer working environment for the farmers and manufactures. All of the organic cotton we use is *Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified. (see more below)

Orange fiber is a textile made by extracting the cellulose from the fibers discarded from citrus fruits by-products that would otherwise be thrown away. The peels are processed to extract the cellulose that is spun to form the final yarn. The final yarn or fabrics are then dyed, printed & colored to create fabric. Finally, a biodegradable material like silk is produced which is soft to touch and shiny in appearance, suitable to be woven with any type of existing yarn.   We source EPFC (Ecological Plant Fiber Certified) standard orange fibre , third party certified by the *Global Organic Textile Standard

*The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres. It ensures the organic status of textiles from the harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing, all the way to labelling in order to provide credible assurance to the consumer.

*What is Third-Party Certification? 
Third-party certification means that independent organization has reviewed the manufacturing process of a fabric and has independently determined that the final product complies with all standards for quality, safety and production. It covers material reviews, testing and facility inspections.

THE RECLAIMED/ VINTAGE FABRICS WE USE

At FéRí we love and value the story of a garment or fabric. We are interested in the story of where clothes come from and where they end up.  We constantly ask where and why something is made, and by whom.  End-of-roll  also known as ‘deadstock ‘ fabrics, destined for landfill, are given a new lease of life with our limited-edition styles made in Ireland. We up-cycle beautiful hand embroidered textiles ( table cloths, napkin etc) and combine them with locally sourced Irish linen and dead-stock fabrics to create unique pieces that embody and continue the story of the brand. FéRí aims to be a no-waste company and where possible we repurpose the fabric we can’t use. Our pieces are best worn styled with something you already own and love -whether that is  a pre-loved vintage scarf, vintage jeans or a statement hat and favourite lip colour.

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SLOW FASHION MOVEMENT

‘Slow Fashion’ production ensures quality materials and manufacturing are used to lengthen the life cycle of a garment. FéRí pieces are designed slowly and mindfully using natural and re-purposed fabrics to create quality timeless pieces. We do not align with fast fashion trends that change weekly. FéRí items are created in tiny batch quantities. In order to keep our promise to the authenticity of our products, we do not engage in mass production and often produce each style in just one colour or print. We create unique and memorable pieces, designed to be loved and passed on.

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BE PART OF THE STORY

At FéRí we are interested in the story of clothes, where they have been and where they are going. In keeping with our commitment to a circular economy, We encourage our FéRí followers (#ferifolk) to wear, look after, re-wear and when the time is right, pass on their FéRí pieces. Ready for a change? Customise or alter your FéRí piece and post a picture of your work, tag us @ferifolk and #wear-care-mend-lend, and we will give you 15% off your next order! We invite you to be part of the story.

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