My goal is to create a truly nature friendly clothes shop. It is important to me to look for as ecological materials as possible to use. Not every time have I succeeded in finding the best option, e.g. locally produced fabric, but search never ends. I’m constantly looking for new materials to use in my collection. My wish is to have hemp or nettle in my collection some day. So if you know a considerable fabric or other haberdashery, please give me a hint.
I must point out that I may not know everything about responsibility or ecological values, but I strive to study and act the best possible way and to develop the way I work and the materials I use.
...but about an important thing. Sadly the possibilities of a small entrepreneur are a little limited what comes to materials. My budget, production and room for storage are small so I really cannot respond to those 500 metre minimum orders some manufactorers have. Sometimes this takes compromises and changes to plans/designs. Luckily there are manufactorers and businesses who help us little ones and I give a huge thanks to them for that! I consider metallic parts as a big challenge when it comes to sustainability. At this point I can't say anything about metal parts so I'm using ”conventional” ones. Also ribbons and strings have been a challenge.
I believe we all or at least most of us buys their clothes based on appearence. One aspect of being ecological in my opinion is that clothes fit for their user, they are comfortable and look nice in the eyes of their user. This way the garment is going to be used a lot and is not produced for no reason. For this reason I offer the opportunity to custom my garments regarding to customers wishes. If the hem or sleeve is too long or too short it is easy to alter to fit to customer, because it's not ready made. Please contact me via email if you wish to have an altered garment or if you are thinking if your wish is possible to do or not. Asking does not oblige you to place an order.
Every piece of clothing is made to order personally by myself. This way I prevent producing any excess inventory and reduce the amount of waste I make. This of course makes my delivery time longer because I start cutting only when someone places an order. By doing everything in my own workspace I also don’t have the need to transport materials, patterns, garments or anything between me and a separate producer.
Term ”slow fashion” describes Kammo’s work very well in my opinion. Kammo’s clothes are not about fashion. I am not fashionable and I don’t strive for it. I strive for personality and longlasting style that doesn’t change along fashion but stays appealing to it’s user as long as possible. Even though I call my assortment of clothes a collection I don’t do traditional spring/summer or fall/winter collections. Instead I let customer decide what they need, when they need. I don’t release new clothes at certain times but instead reveal them one by one as they are created. Kammo’s clothes are far from mass production. They are carefully sewn one by one. Also I now excaclty where they are made.
I sew my clothes with polyester thread made of recycled material and my zippers are also made of recycled polyester and brass. I also use some recycled parts in some products but that is always mentioned. Sadly their availability varies a lot so I can’t always use recycled parts even if I want to.
Every new design is tested before it's sewn with the final material. This test piece is called a mockup. It's made to find out if the pattern is correct. To make mockups I use fabrics like old bedsheet or curtains that I bought recycled or were donated to me. Some fabrics are new leftover pieces.
Part of greenness is that I strive to recycle as much as I can of the waste that builds up in the sewing room. I also strive for thoroughness when cutting fabrics so there would be as little waste as possible.
Of course my packaging is as nature friendly as I could make it. I use mailing bags that are biodegradable and cardboard boxes with their tapes are recyclable. For filling the boxes I use undyed tissue paper that is made of recycled paper.
There is more info on all materials on the Material info –page.