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.

We show our commitment to our responsibilities by being transparent in what we do:

SMALL  QUANTITIES MADE

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. We create unique and memorable pieces, designed to be loved and to endure.

TRANSPARENT SUPPLY CHAIN

At FéRí we are committed to tracing the supply chain for each of our garments. Everything we create is designed in Ireland including all of our prints which are hand-painted in our studio in Wexford . A large percentage of our collection is made in Ireland locally using locally sourced raw materials ( Irish Linen) and up-cycled and end-of-supply materials . The remainder of the collection is manufactured ethically in India in a factory that has been audited and is SEDEX approved*, guaranteeing workers have a fair wage and suitable working conditions. Smaller collections are made in a studio setting rather than a factory. This season we have worked with smaller quantities so our collection has been hand-made by tailors in the studio of the suppliers we work with in India. We visited this studio in early 2020.

*SEDEX (sedexglobal.com) is one of the world’s 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.

CERTIFIED ORGANIC & NATURAL FIBRES

FéRí designs are made using end of supply, re-claimed vintage fabrics or 100% natural fibres (Orange Crepe, Organic Cotton, Silk and Irish Linen). Natural fibres are biodegradable, unlike polyesters and other petroleum derived and plasticbased fabrics which shed particles into the water system and do not decompose over time, often ending up in landfill. 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)

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.

All of our orange crepe fibre is third party certified by the EPFC Standards (Ecological Plant Fiber Certification)​​

*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.

END OF LINE SURPLUS AND UP-CYCLED TEXTILES

FéRí aims to be a no-waste company and we recycle and repurpose the fabric we can’t use. We constantly ask where? and why? something is made, and by whom? End-of-roll fabrics, destined for landfill, are given a new lease of life with our limited-edition styles handmade in Ireland. A collage of Vintage and Irish textiles are combined to create unique pieces that embody and continue the story of the brand.

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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-silk, linen and organic cotton to create quality timeless pieces. We do not align with fast fashion trends that change weekly. Instead we create limited -edition styles only available in small quantities that are made to be cherished. We encourage our FéRí folk to invest in clothes they love and when the time is right, customise or pass them on to continue their cycle.

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VINTAGE & SECOND HAND

At FéRí we are obsessed with vintage oddities. 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.

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 preloved FéRí Piece and post a picture of your work, tag us @ferifolk and #wear-care-mend-lend, and we will give you 10% off your next order! We invite you to be part of the story.

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