As part of a larger movement for our brand, our 2019 Nantucket lineup focuses on emerging socially conscious brands: from the sustainable fabrics of Dudley Stephens to ethical production of Frances Austen to female ownership of Zanni, our brands, just to name a few, are doing their part in making a positive impact.
Our Guide to Impact is outlined below. Currently, our Nantucket brands fall into at least two of these categories, and soon, our Boston brands will too.
Who makes the items we wear is arguably more important than how they are made (ok, it’s a tie). Our brands are committed to providing their makers with fair wages, safe working conditions, and growth opportunities. They’re also committed to being up to snuff with best practices to ensure minimal waste and environmental impact.
This means our brands are producing product while preserving traditional techniques, artisan methods and ideas that have been used for centuries. Our makers believe that these techniques and skills should be cherished and protected. Heritage, sometimes interchangeable with artisan, also celebrates the intricately handmade items that require real skill on the part of the maker - if you haven’t noticed, we’re suckers for a good story and love when the details tell a narrative of their own.
Sustainable Materials (recycled, organic, biodegradable)
When hundreds of plastic bottles are saved from a landfill to make your new favorite top? Winning. A eucalyptus pulp dress, sure - no problem. Organic cotton underwear? Definitely. Scrap leather turned into favorite slides? It’s a yes for us. Our brands are on a mission to repurpose existing materials and respect virgin resources.
Made in the USA
An accolade we tip our hat to that promotes a healthy local economy, lowers the carbon footprint in most cases, strengthens national employment levels and guarantees that employees are treated and compensated fairly. We do acknowledge, however, that manufacturing isn’t one-size fits all and sometimes it makes more sense to produce closer to the source of where fabric is made and where the craftsmanship lives.
Small Scale Production
No long supply chain needed here. Our brands produce in small batches - their collections are small batch and never mass produced. Small scale production means better control of the product, less waste, greater connection with those making the garments and best of all, individuality.
Nuff said. More of this please.