Our Ethos & Sustainability

Flare Street Ethos

We are very much advocates for sustainability in the fashion industry. Each piece at Flare Street is an alternative to mass-production fashion, meticulously designed to last and be cherished. Our slow fashion approach is further achieved by not having to rely on seasonal ranges; we sell to customers all over the world living in different climates & seasons. When it’s freezing cold in the United States, it’s time for lace flares in Australia.

Have a read of our 5 blog posts taking you behind the scenes at Flare Street:

- Day 1: Meet the designer, Nik
- Day 2: Meet the Makers and explore the factory when our flares are made
- Day 3: Our suppliers and where we source our fabrics
- Day 4: The design process and exclusive fabrics
- Day 5: Our wonderful community of flare-lovers

 

Environment and CSR

In 2019, we partnered with CNCF, Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund which plant trees for the planet to offset all Flare Street's emissions for that year and going forward. They carefully select native species that support natural ecosystems and wildlife, creating habitats that are more resilient to Australia’s climate. The trees are protected for up to 100 years, so they can capture carbon as well as natural rainfall. 

2020 saw us move to a new Studio in Melbourne which solely uses Solar energy.
Flare Street has chosen to switch our banking to a customer owned back which only invests in 'clean' industries as well as creating a 927 hectare Conservation Reserve.
Our postal service provider will change this year to a local, registered B Corp and Australia's first 100% carbon neutral delivery service.  
Finally, our packaging which was made from recycled materials & is recyclable will become 100% compostable satchels. 


Fashion & the World

The fashion industry contributes to a huge amount of pollution through landfill and environmental damage. Millions of people suffer every day at the expense of making clothes. Workers are poorly treated, underpaid and work in dangerous environments. Not only are human rights exploited, our environment is badly affected by systems commonly practiced by major fast-fashion retailers. This needs to change. We’re careful to operate sustainably and ethically through our sourcing & manufacturing processes.

Here at Flare Street, we’re proud to say that we’re ethically conscious when making our garments. We’re an independent, female-run business who makes sure every aspect of our supply chain is fairly paid, empowering them to provide for themselves and their families.


Our Fabrics

Our fabrics are mainly sourced from local companies as well as some international, all of who are independent businesses. We buy all of our fabrics in limited quantities, making sure we don’t have excess wastage while also creating uniqueness to our product. Once we’ve created our core product, flares, with these materials we ensure all offcuts are used to make other items like skirts or bralettes.
Once we have used the fabric in as many ways as we can, we donate our 'off-cuts' to local sewing centres and community groups to be made in to something special & taught with at sewing schools. 

Fashion is constantly changing and evolving, but some things are always present and we try to create meticulously designed garments that people will want to hold on to forever like you would any other timeless classic. We’re a vegan company who use recycled polyester, polyester & organic cotton fabrics to create alluring pieces that can be worn for a lifetime.
Our product is mainly polyester based – this won’t break down in landfill overtime and so we strive to produce as close to zero wastage as we possibly can. This way, we help do our part to reduce landfill and encourage a more sustainable, long-term view of fashion. Our quality garments are made and designed to last a lifetime & be passed down generations. 


Fabric Printing

All of the printing on our flares is done by a small company here in Australia. We’ve worked hard to find a printer whose values aligned with ours, and we’re happy to be working with them. No harsh or toxic chemicals are used in the process of our printing; only water-based inks. These inks are then ethically disposed of after use – not poured down the drain! Only recycled papers and plastics are used while printing and packaging these fabrics. We love working with local artists & designers to create unique works of art for our flares, bringing even more individuality to our fabrics. 


#WeMadeYourClothes

Flare Street is an onshore company, with all our flares being produced here in Melbourne. By predominantly using Australian businesses in the supply chain of our flares, we’re able to keep down our mileage and global footprint.

We feel it’s our responsibility to spread the word of sustainable fashion and let everyone know they have the power to change the world for the better.

Let’s start a fashion revolution!

 

To know more, here are a few useful resources:

 

Flare Street acknowledges the Wurundjeri people as the traditional custodians of the land where we work & manufacture, as well as their continuing connection to land, waterways and community. We’d like to pay our respects to their Elders, past and present, and all Kulin nations people past, present and future.