STYL Wardrobe is committed to sustainability as an on-going priority in our business. We are striving to continuously educate ourselves and our customers on socially and environmentally sustainable practices.
We want to share with you what we are working on and what we hope to achieve in the future to be a more sustainable business. We are mindful of how we communicate with you and we want to be honest about our choices, but also our challenges.
With community at the forefront of what we do, we want to share all areas of the business with you for transparency and to build trust. Your trust is important to us!
DESIGNED IN AUSTRALIA, CRAFTED IN CHINA
Our head office is based in Sydney, Australia. We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and gather across this Nation, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
All designs are created in-house with the intention that STYL Wardrobe pieces will have a long-lasting purpose in your wardrobe. Each piece is designed with a seasonless approach, bringing you pieces that can be worn all year round.
We manufacture our garments in China and ensure our partners are aligned with our values of producing high quality garments using ethical practices. Our manufacturing partners have certifications from world leading quality and safety certification bodies, including SGS and Bureau Veritas. Our manufacturing partners are talented, kind and experts in their field and continue to bring our designs to life with their exceptional craftsmanship.
We are striving to have a portion of our garments manufactured on-shore, in Australia. We understand the importance of supporting our Australian manufacturers and this is something that we hope to introduce soon.
COMMUNITY & GIVE BACK INITIATIVES
The core of STYL Wardrobe is our community. We are building a community of women who inspire each other. From the beginning we wanted to create a space that is empowering and approachable.
STYL Wardrobe is honoured to donate to inspiring non-for-profit organisations Fitted For Work and Dress For Success. Both organisations give women the tools, knowledge, and self-esteem they need to seek employment and financial independence. They support women experiencing disadvantages to get work and navigate through working life with success and confidence.
Our community is at the heart of what we do. We are excited for future plans to support women to live as their best self.
We believe in slow fashion, which focuses on less consumption. We produce seasonless styles that are continually sold and we encourage you buy less, but buy better. Buying consciously helps to minimise waste through investing in high quality pieces that last us for many years - not just the season ahead.
We produce in small quantities following customer demand, rather than mass ordering. STYL Wardrobe isn’t defined by fashion seasons or collections, rather, we use the term RELEASE, where we release meaningful pieces naturally throughout the year. With this approach we make sure we don’t over produce and don’t fall to the pressure of the 10+ fashion cycles per year.
At STYL Wardrobe you’ll never see us run an 'end-of-season sale' for a few reasons.
Firstly, we design seasonless pieces that never go out of style, often our pieces are permanently available like our Essential blazer. This means you shop with us in confidence knowing past, present, and future customers all receive the same price.
Secondly, we believe in honest pricing, so customers know they are getting beautiful quality pieces for a fair cost. We don’t purposely leave room in our margin for future discounting, we present the best price without sacrificing the longevity and quality of pieces.
Lastly, we want our community to make thoughtful purchases, not just with us, but in everyday life. Buying clothing should be an investment in something you can wear again, and again. Something that will bring you joy, that will make you feel your best when you wear it.
The only time we will ever run a sale is once a year for Black Friday, which we have as a thank you to our community for their ongoing support.
We believe having environmentally friendly packaging is a non-negotiable, as packaging can often be the greatest source of waste in a business. Below we outline all packaging used throughout our business, right from our manufacturer to our customer.
From the Manufacturer -
When products are sent from a manufacturer, they are individually wrapped to protect each garment and meet industry standards. This is often a hidden, but extremely large and wasteful use of plastic. We ensure that our manufacturer uses recyclable bags, to reduce our impact of waste in the shipping process.
Tissue Paper -
When we ship our garment to our customers, we firstly wrap the garment in tissue paper which is acid free and recyclable. We purchase this from an Australian business Pack Queen.
Branded Sticker -
We seal this with a branded sticker from No Issue Co. These stickers also use acid-free paper and soy-based ink. Soy inks are a renewable resource which involve no chemicals. Ink is normally made with petroleum which is harsh on our environment and uses toxic chemicals. No Issue Co. stickers also use a non-toxic adhesive, meaning the stickers are fully compostable and recyclable.
Thank You Card -
We then place a thank you card with your garment which is made from paper and is also recyclable.
Postage Box -
If you order a large item or multiple items, your garment will be placed in a high quality shipping box which is also supplied by Pack Queen. These boxes are manufactured in Australia and are made up of 80% post-consumer recycled materials. We encourage you to repurpose it when possible.
Lastly, the package is placed in a shipping mailer which we source from either Hero Packaging or The Better Packaging Co. These mailers are made from PBAT (a co-polymer that is completely compostable) and PLA (corn starch), meaning they are 100% home compostable and will leave no waste behind.
There are still elements in our packaging we wish to improve upon. The first being our garment swing tags which are assembled using a small piece of plastic. We are working on making this a completely recyclable element using no plastic.
The second being our shipping labels. We currently use shipping labels that are not compostable, and this is something we also want to change.
Thank you for reading about our journey towards being a more sustainable business. As we mentioned, we would love to hear from you with any feedback, comments, or questions.