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Our Brands

We are very excited to have partnered with a number of fabulous brands that align with our philosophies. The brands we stock are fully committed to making trade as fair as possible. We support small-businesses: many of our suppliers are one-person-superpeople!  These people are artisans creating unique products.  All of our brands represent a dedication to making a more equal, more sustainable and more just world.

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Columbine

Columbine is a family owned manufacturer and distributor of high quality hosiery and socks for men, women and children since 1951. Their head office and factory is located in Gisborne, on the East Coast of New Zealand’s North Island.  Columbine is the only remaining New Zealand based full hosiery manufacturer and they take enormous pride in their “New Zealand Made” products.  Click here for more details on their commitment to sustainability.

 DUNS Sweden

DUNS Sweden was founded in 2007 by Christin Kers and Andreas Claeson. Its core focus is to produce organic, unique and unisex clothing for kids.  The entire production of DUNS Sweden is certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and controlled by Control Union.  GOTS is recognised as the world's leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well.  DUNS pride themselves in being fully transparent in their processes. The ethical standards of those involved are very important to DUNS, as is being an environmentally sustainable business.

Eternal Creation

Conceived in 1999 by Australian designer Frances Carrington, Eternal Creation runs its own design and production unit, the Himalaya Tailoring Centre in Dharamsala, India.  Eternal Creation is a registered member of the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand, while the Himalaya Tailoring Centre is a certified member of the Fair Trade Forum India (affiliated with the World Fair Trade Organisation). Winners of the 2013 Source Award for Sustainable Childrenswear, Eternal Creation employs over 70 staff, spanning Tibetan, Nepalese and Indian cultures, and encompassing Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh and Muslim faiths. Rather than outsource to meet growing demand, they have concentrated on increasing the capacity of their tailoring centre, providing more jobs for the local community and ensuring their high quality standards and ethical principles are maintained.  A particular focus is women's employment and training: staff benefits include a free children's creche, parental leave, paying school fees and English classes.

Lamington

Lamington is 100% New Zealand owned, operated and staffed. Auckland-based Sarah Teensma and her small team are responsible for virtually every aspect of the business, from designing the socks to overseeing production and distribution. The socks are made from globally-sourced merino wool and everything is manufactured in New Zealand - including the packaging!

Little Green Radicals UK-based Little Green Radicals has always used ethical supply chains and organic cotton. The clothing is made at Logotech, near Kolkata, India and they were among the first UK retailers to get Fairtrade Foundation certification in 2005. The Fairtrade mark means that the cotton in their products has been produced by farmers that meet the Fairtrade social, economic and environmental standards. These standards include protection of workers’ rights and the environment, payment of the Fairtrade Minimum Price and an additional Fairtrade Premium which always has to be invested back in community projects. Little Green Radicals use 100% organic cotton, most of it is grown in Chetna, India and all their organic products are certified to GOTS standard. This regulates cotton growing to organic standards and ensures that the production process has a low impact on the environment. Their organic products have had no harmful chemicals such as chlorine bleach, formaldehyde or dangerous dyes used on them. Because the cotton has not been broken down with chemicals, their clothing has a long life and always washes incredibly well.

Lulu Funk

Lulu Funk is a NZ business based in the small North Island town of Feilding. The garments are designed in NZ and  manufactured in India. The bamboo is sourced from China, in a forest certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Cerified Organic by the Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA). The fibre is processed in India, and the garments are made in a factory using the 5S model for order and cleanliness which ensures safety at its integral core. Workers are highly skilled with ongoing opportunities existing for upskilling. The factory workers are paid very well and the factory runs 100% on solar power and only works with fabrics that they consider to have a smaller footprint on the environment or are derived from waste products e.g. recycled polyester made from PET bottles. Lulu Funk strive to use, and encourage the use of recycled material, wherever possible in packaging.

Maxomorra

Maxomorra began in the small town of Älmhult, Sweden, in 2008. The idea of the founder, Johan Ström and his wife, was to make colourful, fun, sustainable and affordable children’s clothing.  The idea from the start was to use only organic cotton, as well as ecological and socially responsible production.

All their cotton clothes, except the velour, are certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). The standard is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain. Being a GOTS certified company Maxomorra can assure:

  • Organically grown cotton
  • No use of synthetic pesticides or dangerous levels of chemicals
  • Basic social employment conditions in the manufacturing of our cloths
  • Tractability throughout the production chain

For those products that contains not only cotton, like velour, they  use the Organic Content Standard (OCS). This standard, developed by the Textile Exchange organization, relies on a third-party verification to validate that the final product contains the accurate amount of a given organically grown material.

Moromini

Moromini is founded and run by pattern designer Sofia Lindeberg, mother of two kids and living in southern Sweden. With a passion for detail and unexpected colour combinations and focus on unique pattern designs she wants to create functional and play-friendly garments for children. Sofia finds inspiration to her designs mainly from her everyday life. Capturing reality through the eyes of children and being attentive to their imagination and play is the backbone of Sofia's creativity. All their garments are made ​​from organic cotton and sewn by adults in Europe.

Piccalilly
In 2006 Hannah Evans wanted to produce a new generation of ethically produced products that were eco friendly, modern in design, upmarket and appealing to a new generation of socially responsible parents and grandparents who don't want to compromise on style. Piccalilly was born!
All Piccalilly's organic cotton is certified organic by Control Union and ECOCERT to GOTS standards and is all Fairtrade certified and comes with The Fairtrade Mark. Piccalilly work in partnership with a Fairtrade & organic project in India called COFA (Chetna Organic Farmers Association). The Chetna supply chain is certified FLO cert and Piccalilly as the end user is licensed to use the FAIRTRADE Mark on all products supplied through this supply chain. Piccalily have an SA 8000 certified factory in Chetna, India.  They pay good wages (not minimum wages) and strictly no child labour. Free meals are provided daily, free health care to the workers and their families and all employee's have the opportunity to progress and develop their roles within the company. 
Pride Socks

Pride Socks are made in Alabama in the USA. They donate socks to various nonprofits they work with through out the year and they donate a percentage of sales to nonprofits when selling at events. Pride Socks' founder Rachel Smith is happily obsessed with socks. Growing up, she was one of five siblings, born and raised by Deaf parents; therefore, job opportunities were limited as was their income. One way her parents dealt with this adversity was to recycle clothing between siblings. Matching and hole less socks became a commodity and her obsession was born. The challenges Rachel's family faced inexplicably bonded the seven of them, which established her appreciation for diversity in others. Rachel is proud to be the heart of a company that encourages and supports individual freedom and expression.

Pureborn Organic

Established in 2008, Pureborn Organic is a family business based in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. Their production line is certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). GOTS is recognised as the world's leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well. Pureborn Organic's clothing is all made with 100% organic cotton that is grown, harvested and produced in a sweatshop-free environment in India. The dyeing process of their clothing incorporates eco-friendly principles, products are AZO free and have not come into contact with any heavy metal dyes.

Silver Circus

Ange is the creative spark behind Silver Circus. All her clothing is designed and sewn from her Silver Circus studio in Petone, Wellington.

The Bathers Company Established in 2009, The Bathers Company are Australian owned. They produce a quality and long lasting range of swimwear that offers very high sun protection and unsurpassed comfort. They take time to ensure they make an ethical product:

they ensure their manufacturing partners pay a fair wage and provide good working conditions. The swimwear is made in Fiji, and the manufacturer is part of the MIIF initiative.
they are conscious of their impact on the environment not only in the making of the product but in the longevity of it.
They design unisex items so you can pass them from child to child.
Tumbleweed Tees

Wellington-based duo Kimberly and James have turned their background in biology and “bird nerd” obsession into a t-shirt business. All of the design and print work is done in-house in Days Bay, New Zealand - from rough sketches through to finished art work, transferring the art to silk screens and printing. They screen-print all products by hand, using low environmental impact water-based inks. Their t-shirts are designed in New Zealand, and made in either China or Bangladesh. The production facilities are all W.R.A.P (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production) certified , ensuring a sweat-shop free product and ethical work conditions.

Why Cos

'why cos?' is named after a cute little phrase creator Jenny's kids used to say. Jenny started sewing in 2009 after her son Noah was born and what began as a desire for a hobby soon flourished into an obsession. Jenny began blogging about her love of sewing and enjoyed meeting others who shared her love of all things handmade. Love and care is sewn into every garment. While most of her sewing is for herself and her three children, we're lucky to have Jenny creating custom orders for Freedom Kids. Everything is handmade from her home in the Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

 

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