The piles of clothing in wardrobes, the countless instances of massive overproduction, the heaps of wasted fabrics and the ill-treatment of female workers are only a few of the many problems that exist because of fast-fashion.
With this came a wake-up call where we realised that there is so much we can do to right these wrongs and create a better place for our future generations and do our part for the environment & the people.
We figured that there was indeed a better possible way to create change and were thus inspired to make a difference in fashion. We aimed to build a sustainable and ethical brand as an option for people to make the better choice.
With our quality upcycled fabrics and ethically sewn pieces we hope to inspire others towards this conscious effort one step at a time towards a sustainable future.
Our goals are simple
1. To be the sustainable option
2. To lift and empower women and
3. To cultivate self-love and body positive mindsets.
We want to change the basics of fashion through how we consume, how much we consume and who we consume from. Our ethical fabrics, upcycling discarded material and our passionate team is truly what stands out about us and we cannot wait to have you join our mission.
Where are the products made?
All our fabrics are secured using responsible methods from fair trade units and products are made locally in the UK as well as in a small unit in India.
We collect fabric no longer of use from local production units meaning all garments are made of 100% pre-consumer cutting room scraps, design room waste, deadstock garments.
We simply add our creativity and imagination and create patterns and templates in our London Studio. Once the mock-ups are tested, and we know the fit and function works by trying them on various size fit like zillion times, we then choose the fabrics to be made into these mock ups in our unit in India.
We can guarantee fair wages and good working conditions have been provided to make our garments. The fabric for the products comes from UK and India. The mask filter comes from US.
Who are our people?
Our dedicated tailors and a community of women run by and for women located in northern part of India plays a pivotal role in transforming our pieces into the final product from the mock-ups produced in our London studio.
The products are made in a non-profit social enterprise, to financially empower the ladies of the village in rural India through creating ethical and sustainable fashion.
The female-run unit also focuses on the education of all daughters of women members, runs the only female health clinic in the village, and delivers workshops on a range of topics including human rights, feminism, menstrual hygiene, health, and financial literacy.
So, it’s a complete win-win, empowering women who make the dresses as well as the women who would wear them.
What is our Product List?
We focus on creating comfortable and durable designs that people love, want to look after and keep for life.
Our upcycled sustainable products include a collection of breathable and comfortable products including face coverings, midi & maxi dresses, t-shirts which are all made from sustainable and leftover materials.
Our nanofiber filters for our face masks guarantees 95% protection from airborne particles.
Get ready as we are launching a one stop shop to help you go all out in style with our Nap Queen Essentials Gift Box for beauty sleep, zoom calls or a day out! We are also looking to include 100% recycled products very soon.
What kind of Packaging do we use?
We use Sustainable Fabric & Cardboard and Biodegradable Packaging
Made in the UK, 100% biodegradable packaging that is made from recycled corrugated paper, certified by the FSC ®.
Biodegradable Plant Packaging
We use biodegradable plant based packaging which has certification for OK compost HOME, and will completely compost within 6 months in a well-maintained compost unit. Put into your home compost bin, or food waste caddies and green waste for collection by local authorities.
Recycled Tissue Paper
Recyclable and FSC approvedMade from 25% recycled materialAcid Free (ph neutral)
Any leftover fabrics are transformed into cotton packaging to pack individual product to reduce waste and to promote the art of using Japanese furoshiki to pack the products.
Why should you support us?
We care about our environment and our people so it was important to recognise our impact and what we could do to insist on change.
We support local communities of women in India through our production providing them with work and opportunities for a better future. Our priority is to create fashion that is good for our planet while inspiring others to feel confident and positive in the way they dress.
With your support, we will be reversing the effects of fast fashion one step at a time while reinvesting in local communities who really benefit from the contributions.
Designer Friday cares just as much about the environment as we do about the people who wear our products: our innovative approach to sizing means that our garments have no size labels and are designed to fit UK sizes 10-16.
We feel that a woman should never be defined by her size and that every single one of us deserves to look and feel beautiful. We aim to create the feeling of dressing unique a relaxing, happy experience and eliminate the concept of returns due to a poor fit.
We are happy to accept your returns within 14 days of receiving your goods..
We do aim to reduce the cost associated to returns as much as we can. We do this by advising each of our customer on the sizing exactly measured for each dress (stated on each product page) as each of our items are made from unique limited edition fabrics.
We feel we all need to be mindful of the cost of returns on our environment and people. Here are some facts to consider:
"The average returned purchase in the UK passes through seven pairs of hands before it is listed for resale. Every day thousands of these packages begin their costly journeys between processing centres and warehouses where products are cleaned, repackaged and readied for new owners."
Do get in touch if you need help with measurements or have a question on our returns process.
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