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Ethics

Sustainable, slow fashion designed in Byron Bay

Verity, Dreamers & Drifters Founder

 

Dreamers & Drifters is devoted to creating clothing that is thoughtfully manufactured, ethically crafted and as sustainable as possible, from our fabrics to the factories we work with and the charities we support. All our garments are designed in Byron Bay by founder, Verity, and handmade by a small family-owned factory in Bali.

Slow fashion

We’re driven by slow fashion, meaning we rely on small production runs to minimise wastage and create well-made, lasting pieces and timeless designs that you’ll want to wear time and time again, all year round.

Furthermore, as part of our commitment to producing slow fashion, we hold minimal stock quantities for each of our collections to avoid over production, strive to maintain responsible sourcing practises, and only use 100% natural fibres across our entire range.

Meet our makers

It’s so important to us that we only work with ethical supply chains that allow us to support our makers directly. We have worked with a family run factory in Bali for the past 5 years which Verity has personally visited numerous times to inspect health and safety. 

Providing a safe, healthy and happy working environment is integral to our focus, one that also supports working mothers and gives the sewers the option to work from home. We believe that everyone has the right to fair and respectful working conditions, something our factory owner proudly stands by.Meet our makers - Dreamers & Drifters

Get to know our Bali sewing room owner…

Q: How long have you had your factory?
A: I have had my factory for approximately 13 years.

Q: What reason did you start your factory?
A: From 1997, I had worked at a big garment factory in Denpasar, but I resigned in 2007 so I could start my own factory. 

Q: How many sewers do you employ?
A: I have 8 sewers:

  • Ketut, 42
  • Wayan, 51
  • Wayan, 37
  • Nengah, 35
  • Ibu, 49 
  • Made, 50
  • Putu, 45
  • Komang, 41

Q: Can they work from home?
A: Yes, some of the sewers prefer to work from home, I just give them the cutting pieces to take away and sew.

Giving back

We always endeavour to give back to our community and our planet.

Since 2017, we have been donating every month to the UNHCR, who assists refugees in 140 countries around the world and are responsible for providing protection and assistance to the 65.3million people who have been forced to flee war, conflict or persecution.

We also donate to The Big Food Drive which helps feed underprivileged communities in South Africa, an organisation close to Verity’s heart as she grew up in Namaqualand, South Africa.

When faced with a crisis, we feel it’s our human duty to help wherever we can. We recently donated fabric masks to the local clinic in Bali near to our factory, and offered up our store as a drop off point for Rescue Craft Co which supports animals affected by the bush fires.

A final note...

We always want to provide you with full honesty and transparency in all that we do here at Dreamers & Drifters, and will continue to seek out ways to improve upon our ethical journey towards a more sustainable future. Read more about our story.

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