“I’m so proud to be able to say that my label is made from locally sourced recycled fabrics.” Julia Hickton Scott, Founder of the Fabric Warrior
Fashion allows us to express ourselves creatively and culturally, but the industry needs tremendous change: less waste and short-term wear, a revival of design, and a thriving industry that offers a respectful living.
Too often an item of clothing is thrown away because there’s one thing wrong with it. The Fabric Warrior is about bringing a garment back to life. It may just need a little tweak to make it work or it may need to be cut up and repurposed.
Our team looks for the potential in once-worn items and fabrics that naturally want to go together to create something new and bespoke. The designs are comfortable and fun to wear. We want you to fall in love with the care we put into each garment, to look after and enjoy it.
It’s said our planet already has enough fabric on it to clothe the next six generations. So we don’t need to keep producing fabric at the rates we have been, and this is why we are focused on using what is already here. All our garments are made from fabric sourced from second-hand clothing, and through donations. It’s amazing how many people have a stash of unwanted material at home!
Every kilo of textile waste that goes to landfill creates almost four times that in greenhouse gases, and New Zealand sends 100 million kg of textile waste to landfill each year. It's also estimated that a quarter of this is clothing that could have been recycled, reused or diverted.
We make sure we eliminate waste in all steps of our production process. Even textile scraps are upcycled to create new designs. We make our clothing labels from recycled denim, and our business cards and tags are printed locally on recycled card. We work with a skilled team of pattern-makers and seamstresses who are paid a living wage, and all our production is hyper-local, in Wellington. Compare this to the carbon footprint of cotton made in India, manufactured in Bangladesh and shipped to New Zealand.
We hope you join us as we move towards a more resilient low carbon future.