Slow Fashion

Slow Fashion exists in opposition to fast fashion

The slow fashion movement has been emerging among conscious shoppers (and designers) for the past few years rejecting the fabrics, ethics and styles of the fast fashion industry. Born alongside the slow food movement, they both advocate for similar principles such as clean materials, limited wastage, superior quality and care for producers.

Surya Australia Slow Fashion fabrics

Materials 

A slow fashion brand uses fabrics that are sustainable and of a high quality as opposed to the cheaper, synthetic fabrics used regularly by the fast fashion industry. Our goal is for your pieces to last you many years, and when no longer wearable can then be repurposed or recycled, or even composted. 
Our slub cotton fabric is woven in the Kathmandu Valley and takes weeks to prepare and ready. The finished fabric is durable, breathable and has a luxurious feel to the touch. The slub finish is unique to natural fibres and is a signature feature of our cotton. As we weave our fabric in Nepal, our transportation footprint is reduced and our employment opportunities are increased within country.
All our pieces are coloured using low environmental impact, azo free dyes. Azo rich dyes have been banned in the EU and other countries for many years now, but not yet in Australia. We have taken the initiative ourselves and gone ahead and ensured that all our dyes comply with the strictest laws. We prefer to stick to full block colours in our designs and avoid fashion prints, as printing (rather than just dying) can release harmful chemicals and toxins into the soil through it's waste process.
Surya Australia Slow Fashion. Cotton woven in Nepal

Design

Slow fashion means buying pieces that will last you more than one season, both in style / design and quality. Forget about pieces that fall apart in the wash or lose their shape, or that you buy simply because they are cheap or trending.
When respected group Good On You describe a slow fashion design, they state "A slow fashion brand will release few, specific styles per collection, which are released twice or maximum three times per year."
We release two collections each year and generally add to our existing collection rather than scrap and start again each year based on trending colours, designs or prints. Our designs are reworked versions of classic styles ... pieces that do not go out of fashion and that you can wear year after year. Whether it's our many dungaree styles, our staple palazzo pants or our take on the popular cowl neck top - all our pieces will lend themselves to any wardrobe and will not go out of fashion for many years. We use colours that blend well together, allowing our pieces to be part of a capsule wardrobe.

Production

We work closely with our partners and makers during each process in our clothing production. It generally takes one year from the initial design to offering the finished piece for sale. Yes, pretty slow!
Our makers are trained and skilled men and women, and everyone on our team has a voice in the perfections of our creations. The stitching of our pieces is of utmost importance to us and we are serious when we stress the need for excellence in this area. This is one simple thing that, when accomplished will make a huge difference to the longevity of an item - our goal is to have your pieces last you as long as possible. We are proud of our tailors and feel very lucky to have a team that places importance on the same values that we do. 
Surya Australia Slow Fashion Production in Nepal

Packaging

Surya Environmental PackagingEarly 2019 we turned our attention to our online postage options and made the switch from the Aus Post plastic bags to these amazing compostable biodegradable satchels. Made from corn starch and other plant based waste, you simply pop your satchel in your home compost after receiving your order and within 6 months you will be planting new trees in it's soil.
We frankly LOVE this initiative from two New Zealand women, who have revolutionised the parcel postage industry. 
Read more about our comPOST bags here >