Our definition of sustainability is built on the three traditional pillars of the concept: social, ecological and economic. This means that everyone working within our production process receives a living wage; that we ensure that our material sourcing does not damage the ecosystem, and that we have a long-term perspective when it comes to developing our business model. However, we have also added a fourth component to our definition of fashion-related sustainability:
we work to actively slow down the pace of consumption, selling garments in a more timeless design that will have a longer lifespan than the average clothing item.
We want people to cherish our garments and to wear them over and over. Our clothes are not designed to be relevant only for a season, but instead garments from different collections can be used together, as the style of design is consistent, year after year. Except for a small part of dead-stock material used in our first collection, all of our garments are made of materials in natural fibres, 100% ecologically certified, primarily using the GOTS – Global Organic Textile Standard – certification. This is the world-leading textile processing standard, and the certificate encompasses the entire textile supply chain. As everything is both designed and made in London (with the exception of our Italian-made denim), BITE Studios is operating on a truly local scale, which minimizes the need for transports and shipments.
words by philip warkander