Every week we feature a sustainable brand on our blog. This week's featured brand is Feral Childe.
What's unique about Feral Childe is that the brand's founders, Mariah Carlson and Alice Wu, are artists, not just figuratively but literally. They met back in 2002 at an art installation and connected over their love of art and fashion, making clothes for each other based on illustrations that they collaborated on.
Initially, they only used fabric remnants (closeouts, odd lots, damaged goods) purchased from downtown New York's fabric jobbers, a practice which was not only cost-effective but eco-friendly. But after they began making clothes for others and sales continued to increase, they had to seek out more consistent and reliable fabric sources, and chose to partner with sustainable fabric mills, carrying on their philosophy of being eco-friendly.
With this in mind, Feral Childe only uses natural fibres, low impact dyes, practices responsible disposal of production waste, manufactures locally in New York and the piece de la resistance, they only produce enough to meet wholesale orders to avoid overstock and excess inventory which has the added advantage of ensuring that your Feral Childe piece is part of a limited run.
Credit: Photo from Feral Childe