Every piece you discover on FAUBOURG has gone through a vetting process, selected not only for noble materials, sophisticated design, and elegant fit but for ethical practices used across the sourcing and manufacturing processes.
Here are our standards:
Handmade or handcrafted pieces are made by artisans using traditional techniques, showcasing their expertise and craftsmanship. Our selection of handmade products are produced in small quantities and involve little to no machinery, keeping the energy consumption low in the manufacturing process. Recognizing artisanal creativity, heritage and empowering the individual, handcrafting carries the mark of the maker and gives soul to the creation.
Organic fibers are grown without the use of harmful pesticides, chemicals or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). While conventional cotton farming is the most pesticide intensive crop grown on the planet (10% of pesticides and 25% of insecticides worldwide is sprayed on non-organic cotton fields), polluting and contaminating water and soil, certified organic cotton retains water more efficiently thanks to increased organic matter in the soil; it also conserves soil through crop rotation and respects the natural ecosystem.
We support brands that produce locally to the designer as this not only impacts local communities positively by encouraging local employment, it also benefits the environment as local production reduces the distance goods have to travel before they get to you. Locally made often means better quality as the designer is closer to the production process and can exercise better control over quality and consistency. Locally made goods also carry with them local culture and know-how that are the hallmark of true luxury.
Recycled and upcycled garments and goods reduce the need for new material and avoid the waste that comes with conventional manufacturing processes. Recycling involves the treatment of used materials such as textiles to make them suitable for reuse. Upcycling allows the reuse of old materials without degrading their original composition or quality. Both recycling and upcycling are aimed at extending the lifespan of goods and materials we consume and minimizing the flow into landfills.
Fair trade is not aid or charity. It is about creating sustainable business relationships with artisans and workers by paying them living wages and providing appropriate working conditions and benefits (safe premises, regular breaks, vacation and sick days, remote work to allow mothers to look after their children, non-exposure to toxic materials, transportation to and from work etc.). Fair trade is simply about treating other humans with the respect and appreciation we all deserve.
Eco-friendly clothing and accessories are made with materials that do not harm the planet and are healthier for the people making and wearing them. These materials include natural textiles such as tencel, lyocell, modal, alpaca wool or bamboo, and low-impact dyes, which do not contain nasties such as heavy metals (like zinc, copper or chrome), toxic chemicals or mordants (used to fix the dye on the fabric). Eco-friendliness also means preserving natural resources such as water and producing sustainably, with as little waste as possible.