COUCHMAN:bespoke is a social enterprise specialising in made to order contemporary tailored attire that is made from ethically sourced cloth and haberdashery. The clothing is made in London, Britain by myself, inspired by our modern lifestyles and needs with clothing being worn from day to night. The designs are focused on structured silhouettes with Japanese origami pattern making techniques. Today we are nearing 4 years old as an alteration tailors and garment making business.
Clothing shouldn’t cost the earth which is why COUCHMAN:bespoke is dedicated to reduce the environmental and human impact from the clothing industry. By creating zero waste through pattern cutting, natural dyeing and sourcing the most sustainable cloth and haberdashery we aim to have very little negative impact against the planet and local people. Resulting in luxury quality British tailoring that is stylish and ethical.
Throughout clothing manufacture there is a lot of pollution created such as CO2 from factory machines and transportation in between suppliers. Chemicals from print, colour dyeing and cloth finishes are also deposited into the air and water ways after use. The impact affects local people who have no choice but to bath and drink from it creating illness and birth defects. Environmentally these chemicals will have a deep impact into the soil, animal health and into the atmosphere adding to climate change.
As part of COUCHMAN:bespoke’s commitment to help people and the environment affected by the clothing industry we vow to spend our profits in the most beneficial way.
COUCHMAN:bespoke is continually looking for alternatives to cotton and will only use cotton from remnant.
Our commitments to clean water, creating an ethical industry and reinvesting in local communities are ongoing with reviews every quarter and year to ensure commitments are upheld. Improvements can always be made throughout life and COUCHMAN:bespoke will strive to make improvements within itself and its suppliers.
COUCHMAN:bespoke is a social enterprise located in Tower Hamlets, and provides tailoring skills to people without work and those who wish to enter the clothing industry. Within time we hope to be able to employ some graduates to work within C:b. Until then we are linked with other ethical brands who could be looking for workers.
Traceability of the supply chain is most important to any ethical business. This allows everyone to see where their garment has come from and who made it. At COUCHMAN:bespoke we give credit to all who contribute in the construction of every garment produced. This can be seen when scrolling over garments in the collections part of website and a personalised label accompanies every garment purchased. Everyone in our supply chain receives a living wage for their work and involvement.