SLOW MADE IN JAPAN
Made with a mindful effort towards Sustainability and Circular Fashion.
Established in 1950 as a sewing house, our garments have been meticulously designed and crafted locally in Japan using fine natural materials, most preferably high quality linen.
We are a small environmentally conscious brand. Our brand philosophy focuses on conscious, sustainable and circular fashion based on “MONOZUKURI, a Japanese cultural term describing the traditional approach to producing quality products with precise attention to detail and made with the experience and expertise of artisans.
SLOW MADE means our brand-defined MONOZUKURI is our ideal high standard towards taking a slower, more mindful approach, utilizing natural materials and environmentally friendly processes for our production without compromise. Our goal is to create high quality and timeless fashion pieces through our MONOZUKURI and to offer our customers the confidence that they are acquiring a truly sustainable product.
We have strong long-term relationships with local partner factories and our MONOZUKURI is made possible with great support from valued experienced artisans and textile experts there who fundamentally understand the ethos of our brand.
We are advancing towards reducing the harmful impact on the environment from our production process. We make as much effort as possible to sustainable circular fashion at our own factories and partner factories in Japan with the notion of eco friendliness; energy efficiency, non-toxicity and recyclability in mind.
As part of our dedication to sustainable circular fashion, all of our original garments are crafted from nearly 100% natural materials and we strive to minimize the excess in stock by making products in limited quantity. We offer mend and repair service by our repair experts for the garments with nest Robe/CONFECT labels to extend the longevity of your clothing. We are happy to fix years old garments as long as we can find the materials to do so. This is also part of our dedication to sustainable fashion.
As another initiative of our dedication to sustainable circular fashion and commitment to reduce the waste we produce, we have developed our original upcycled yarn made of our pure linen fabric waste and leftovers from our garment production. We make the upcycled fiber out of the 100% linen fabric waste and organic virgin cotton fiber to create our original upcycled linen cotton yarn, then we produce garments with this special yarn. When we have waste of a blended fabric, we produce upcycled hangers for the garments out of this fabric waste.
At our own core sewing factory, we use alternative energy consisting of self-generated solar power and introduced low power energy saving LEDs for the factory lighting. We use energy efficient boilers at our dye house where large amounts of hot water are used in the dyeing process to significantly reduce energy consumption.
We have also switched to the most advanced washing/bleaching machine made in Spain with eco certified e-Flow technology for finishing effects using ozone to save water up to 95%, energy consumption up to 40% and harmful chemicals up to 90% resulting in producing less industrial waste water and CO2. We are eco-friendlier using our original recycled reusable resin stones instead of pumice stones in our stone washing not to create the problem of environmental disposition of waste of the grit produced by the stones.
All of our retail stores are built using mainly natural biodegradable materials such as wood, stone, diatom soil, and use LEDs for lighting. We have no disposable bags for customers at our stores. As environmentally conscious product selections we have several kinds of paper eco-bags and reusable canvas eco-bags available for our customers. Customers are asked to either to bring their own bags or to purchase one of our eco bags for their shopping, working to help create a sustainable society.
Our paper eco-bags are made of recycled paper that are officially certified by the Forest Stewardship Council®, an international forest management certification called FSC®. Our reusable canvas eco-bags carry the Eco Mark given by the Japan Environment Association. The Eco Mark is only attached to products that have been recognized as having a low environmental impact throughout the life cycle from "production" to "disposal" and are considered to be useful for environmental conservation, and which have passed strict standards. The Japan Environment Association has signed a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) with an organization that manages overseas environmental labels to promote mutual certification.
Our online stores use biodegradable biomass plastic bags made of plant-derived materials for the online purchase to be placed in.
Our various efforts toward a sustainable circular fashion may still be insufficient however, we can definitely make a change if we continue staying environmentally conscious. We will keep on striving for the lowest possible environmental impact in our production and in our operations.