The Lynx Garden
The mountain peony, the Carpathian Lynx, the iridescent scarab – these are some of my favourite symbols of the natural mountain beauty.
This image was created by a professional artist for Ami Amalia, and it has been digitally printed on a 100% organic cotton garment.
Where are the t-shirts made, and why t-shirts ?
We have always wanted to have some cotton t-shirts, but I know that the ubiquitous cotton t-shirt, be that organic as well, can be produced irresponsibly and is most of the times associated with fast fashion.
During our second participation at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit we were paired by the organizers with few businesses closed to our values, and one of them matched the story we would like to say when putting our name on a t-shirt.
After Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh in 2013, the deadliest garment – factory disaster in history, Bangladesh got the reputation for an unsafe place to work, where worker’s human right are not respected, a place that hides fashion’s dirty manufacturing secrets. While the brands for whom the people in Bangladesh work hardly got affected by the effects and the bad reputation – nothing a bit of greenwashing couldn’t fix – the country, as a main global clothing manufacturing country, has a bad reputation. This is where the “Made in …” labeling and discrimination comes into play, or one aspect I think we need to learn to actively look beyond. “ Made in Italy”, or “Made in U.K.” does not guarantee the items were produced by workers paid and treated fairly, and “Made in Bangladesh” , “Made in India”, etc. does not equal “cheap clothes”, child labour , etc. We need to look beyond the label, ask question, require proof of ethical, fair work conditions of any producer, and not assume that because of its location things are done in a certain way.
This is why we chose to make this statement by using this factory in Bangladesh, a green factory, a safe work place, a social responsible company. Because we can not (yet) go and audit factories ourselves we chose them as they have been audited and selected to represent a sustainable product made in Bangladesh by organizations that have this as their main purpose.