We Love Ethical Fashion!

There is nothing more luxurious than wearing clothes that make you feel wonderful inside and out. From head to toe, beautifully made garments can make us feel unstoppable and ready for anything that life throws our way.
Fashion is evolving towards greener industry standards, and we couldn’t be prouder! Gone are the days of fast-fashion throw outs, and the time for limited-edition, sustainable and eco-friendly pieces is here.

Our luxury Winterluxe thermal tights range is proudly manufactured locally in Melbourne, Australia within our sister company, Sample Room. Run under the direction of Julia Van Der Sommen, Sample Room is the leading pattern making, sample and product development service for the Australian and international fashion industry. Julia is also responsible for the ethical creation and creative direction of boutique labels Winterluxe, Sha-de and Wkend.

All clothing produced for each label is created to the highest of Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA) approved standards and ensures transparency along the production line from fabric sourcing through to manufacturing. Within each brand, garments are created using natural, organic fibres like Bamboo. This highly sustainable fabric not only feels beautiful but aims to reduce the long-lasting and damaging effects mass fashion production can have on the environment.

“Sample Room started with just me – the conditions had to be good, because I was working in them! Today my team numbers somewhere between five and ten, and everything we do is done in-house here in Brunswick East,” says owner Julia Van Der Sommen.

"I think the benefits of developing strong relationships with local makers, and developing an in-depth understanding of all the businesses – and their practices – in a supply chain are not considered enough by businesses that choose to manufacture offshore."

“I’ve found that often people want to make it cheaper, so they engage unethical suppliers. Labour is a label’s biggest cost – when you say you want to make production cheaper; you’re saying you want to pay people less,” says Julia.

Next time you go shopping, think about taking steps toward purchasing sustainably produced clothing. You can check out all ECA approved labels via the links below.

Shop Winterluxe >

Shop Sha-de >

Shop Wkend >

Contact Sample Room >

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