ESSENTIALS FOR ZULA
Clothing, Sportswear, Swimwear, Underwear
Products For: Women
Location: Vienna, Austria
Founded in: 2015
Empowerment: BIPOC-Led, Size-Inclusive, Small-Business, Woman-Led
CEO: Delie Kastner
We are a father-daughter duo making ethical underwear, swimwear, yoga wear, and basics for women in our family-run factory. Between Austria and Thailand, Delie, the daughter of the father-daughter duo designs in Vienna, Felix, her father produces in his small and fair-factory in Thailand. Our goal is to make high quality-garments that are affordable, comfortable, and made to last, in a conscious way that does not cost the people and the planet. Our garments are handmade in limited quantities. Detached from the seasons of the fashion industry.
ESSENTIALS FOR ZULA has it's own in-house factory ensuring transparent, ethical, and honest manufacturing practices. We are actively executing all ILO fair trade criteria through the United Nations.
Garment production is, traditionally, is a very female-oriented occupation, but in our factory we have about 40% male and 60% female workers. We guarantee social justice and equal opportunities in our internal and external working environment and strive to improve where we can, year on year.
Our range of bralettes are organic and eco, made out of GOTS certified organic cotton.
We openly and actively share our improvement plans and shortcomings, to show that all efforts are being made to find the most sustainable approach for every collection. Our swimwear and yoga wear collection is not currently made out of "recycled" polyester but will be made out of recycled polyester or ECONYL as of next year.
Our in-house factory is located in Bangkok, Thailand, our fabrics are locally sourced from Thailand and our garments are produced in our factory in Bangkok.
Our tapes and straps are all crafted by hand. The tapes/straps refer to our swimwear, bralettes and yoga wear.
We try to handle our waste in a number of ways: just-in-time production, zero waste pattern design, and eco-friendly packaging to name a few. Avoiding large stock and only producing in small batches at a time. The fabrics arrive in rolls and the pattern planner meticulously arranges and squeezes as many patterns on the fabric as possible. This takes time, but is key to reduce excess cut-offs. Our orders arrive wrapped beautifully in eco-friendly rice paper or our branded natural cotton drawstring bag which is placed in a recyclable paper mailer. We issue digital invoices to reduce paper waste.
None of our materials or by product contain any animal fibres. We are PETA certified.
We support Thai tradition of craftsmanship. Crafting garments with the highest attention to detail and care.
Listed: 4 January 2021
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