Stain’s commitment to good design is rooted in respect and kindness. Their vision is to increase awareness of environmental sustainability by staying committed to making ethical, responsible and environmentally conscious choices, inspiring others to do the same along the way.
Stain values and respects everyone they work with, thus they work closely with the artisans to promote traditional craft and encourage ethical and safe work. By working with small family-owned and medium-sized businesses, they are able to build strong relationships with all of their suppliers. The team visits every supplier and meets or works with them on a weekly basis. However, that has not been possible due to the pandemic. The brand has taken measures to audit the suppliers they work with, and asked for full transparency in the working conditions, wages and overall ethical conduct of their suppliers.
Stain takes a slow fashion approach, allowing them to design holistically. This ensures that waste is kept to a minimum in the production process, and to prevent over-producing. The team makes a conscious decision to work with all natural materials, ranging from linen, cotton to silk. They also use upcycled fabrics and partner with artisans to create fabrics from scratch that promote traditional craft. Using methods such as screen printing, batik making, and woodblock printing, they are able to create fun and vibrant designs. Working closely with a family-owned manufacturer based in Jakarta, Indonesia, the team is able to sample each design to make sure the shape, fit and every detail is perfect. They then use all remaining scrap fabrics to create zero-waste accessories.
The brand uses bio-cassava bags for their packaging. Bio-cassava bags are biodegradable and compostable, thus making it an ideal replacement to petroleum-based plastic bags.
Stain also works with natural materials and do their best to prevent textile and garment waste. They have implemented a zero waste policy within their business, where they create accessories to sell and donate with fabric off cuts and excess waste. As they continue to grow as a business, they wish to start certifying the resources they use, and collect and record more data within their production process.
Stain values transparency within their supply chain and with their customers. They believe that it’s very important to show the process of making their clothes and highlighting the makers. The brand also believes that it is important to empower the artisans behind the skills and crafts.