We understand that by creating products and bringing them into the world, there is an impact that comes with it. But - we believe products can be made better, which is what pushed us to build Left Edit.
We are prepared to learn from our experiences, from others in the industry, from our mistakes -- and above all, to iterate our processes along the way. Thanks for joining us on this journey.
Ways We Are Pushing To Better The System
Saving Water | Tencel uses 80 percent less water than cotton to produce
Supporting Local | Our products are made in the USA
Fair Isn’t Enough | The sewers in our partner factories are paid living wages
Renewable Resources | Our buttons are made from Corozo nuts instead of plastic
Reducing Waste | Cupro is made from waste fibers typically thrown away in cotton production
100% Cupro is used in the Vera style.
Cupro is made from reclaimed cotton linter bio-utility waste, by converting it through a closed loop process. Cotton linters are the short fibers that stick to the cotton seeds -- and are typically wasted during cotton production.
While its feel is luxurious like silk, we love how the fabric can be machine washable.
100% TENCEL is used in the Eve + the Scarlet.
A semi-synthetic fiber, TENCEL lyocell is manufactured by converting dissolved wood pulp into a fiber, using a low-toxicity solvent. Through a closed-loop system, 99.5% of chemicals are then reused in this process. The wood pulp is derived from Eucalyptus trees, which grow quickly, using 80% less water than cotton.
TENCEL Linen is used in the Isla + the Wren.
Linen is a sustainable fiber made from the flax plant. Typically grown without the use of herbicides or pesticides, flax is a gentle crop that even helps keep pesky weeds away from the plants around it. It also requires less water and energy to produce. We love how linen transitions easily across seasons.
“Fashion can be a universal player in protecting the planet.”
- Pharrell Williams
We're committed to using responsible factories that pay legal wages, ensure workplace safety, and prohibit unlawful labor and discrimination. That being said, it has been a challenging process to find manufacturing partners that provide safe job opportunities in the U.S., pay living wages, treat their employees with dignity and respect, and above all - are transparent about this information.
Through the help of our colleagues in this industry, we’ve been fortunate to connect with a respected factory in Los Angeles. Not only are they a women-led company, they also focus on partnering with brands working to reduce waste in the industry, and hold ethics at the core of their business.
Here is a bit more on our factory:
Custom design studio and production sewing space located along the Los Angeles river in Frog Town.
They specialize in high end reconstructed garments and wovens made from materials primarily sourced within the Los Angeles area. Most of the fabric they use is sourced from dead stock, liability or salvage.
Employs a staff of primarily men and women over the age of 55 who, in this industry, are in threat of losing their jobs on account of age and slowing down a bit, even though the quality of their craftsmanship is the best.
Works with other local vendors to offer custom grading, cutting and dying to all of their clients.
Their goal is to partner with brands who are willing to pay for quality made, locally sourced and produced goods which have been created as sustainably as possible for all parties involved.
Sewers are employees of the company, giving them more rights as workers; and are paid living wages in Los Angeles.