DirtyVelvet Manifesto

Manifesto

Our Philosophy

Dirty Velvet is a design collective, focused on producing high quality clothing with designs that offer a creatively different perspective to the mainstream.

Our aim is to create garments with original graphics, combining strong and thought provoking imagery that reflects our view of humanity, modern life and the universe.

Our Ethics

We produce long-lasting ethical clothing, made with minimal impact on the environment.

For over a decade, all our garments have been made from 100% organic cotton. Our organic cotton is grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers and certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).

Our fabric dyeing is also fully organic. The process used and the dyes themselves have organic certification by both GOTS and the Organic Content Standard (OCS).

The screen-printed graphics on our garments are made from water-based, organic certified inks which are much better for the environment and feel considerably softer on the garment than the more commonly used oil-based inks.

We have even designed our garment swing tag to be re-used as a drinks coaster instead of it heading straight for the bin. The only company in the world to do this.

Our factory is audited every two years by the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI). This independent inspection assesses the level of labour welfare, health and safety, environmental ethics and business standards. Our factory was awarded an A-grade rating by BSCI in their May 2019 audit.

All employees of Dirty Velvet receive wages in excess of the UK living wage. We do not use unpaid interns ever, a regularly exploited loophole used in the clothing industry.

We are constantly working to ensure the use of methods that are ecologically and socially sustainable throughout our entire supply chain.