Asquith is recognised by our customers and by the wellbeing industry as a leader in ethical and environmentally sustainable fashion. When you shop for ethical Yoga clothes at Asquith, you can trust that your ethical yoga clothes are always made ethically, sustainably and to the highest standards.
With that said, we thought you would like to know a little more about where your ethical yoga clothes come from so we asked Alice to document her trip to our lovely family run factory in sunny Southern Turkey.
Over to Alice…
In March this year, I visited our wonderful factory in Izmir, southern Turkey to say hello to the staff, watch our next ethical activewear collection in production and have a look at all our operations. As you can see from this photo, taken on the roof, we brought the British weather with us…
Asquith shares the same values as our factory. We always put people and the planet first. We have a great relationship with our team and we have been working together for nearly five years. They love our sustainable yoga clothes and our ethos and they have proudly framed photos from our lookbooks on their walls.Sahika, a wonderful Turkish businesswoman, established the factory 26 years ago. She has a passion for fashion and wanted to do things differently -creating a fantastic environment for workers and producing top quality products.
Many of the 50-strong team have been working at the factory between 10-25 years and I can see why. I’ve never experienced such a friendly, family atmosphere in any workplace. There’s no hierarchy. Everyone is treated equally, from the helpers in the kitchen to the production manager.There’s an in-house production and accounts manager, a fabric and trims sourcer and manager. The factory aims to work with local producers and sources trims and fabrics in Izmir for Asquith so that there’s less impact on the environment. They always work with local people they’ve known for years whose quality they can trust.
We also work hard with the factory to ensure that we pioneer sustainable methods of production to minimise environmental impact when producing our sustainable activewear. Our cotton is certified organic and all our clothes are dyed using safe dyes. We source as many products as we can locally, choosing natural and recycled products over synthetic and non-biodegradable materials in terms of our swing tags and polybags.At Asquith I strive to give customers an alternative to fast fashion. Our ethical activewear is made with quality fabrics that last: organic cotton and bamboo. And no detail is too small.
We cut, sew, steam, trim and pack all the garments on site in the factory. Our fabrics are all tested for washability, wear, pilling, shrinkage and fading. Quality is key!