When we started Peau de Loup we made it our mission to leave as little footprint as possible. So we put our thinking caps on and found a way to reduce waste while making a high quality garment, fit for you, and affordable for everyone!
Using our overseas manufacturing resources we’ve found that fabric mills are usually required to over-produce fabrics by 10%, and oftentimes this fabric goes unused. Setting up the lines for garment manufacturing costs the factories the same amount of money regardless of whether they are producing 50 shirts or 5000 shirts.
We decided to up-cycle and source only the best available fabrics - these are limited-edition, one-time-only roll ends of fabric left over from other companies' production. Because we are not producing new fabrics, our shirts are close to zero-waste: unlike big, fast-fashion retailers, PDL doesn't add any harmful dyes or chemicals into the environment, and at the same time we keep these unique cottons out of the landfill. Our manufacturers pay their workers a living wage, and together we create an ethical and eco-friendly product.
Because the fabrics are available in limited quantities, we do small runs of each design, and we can never get the same fabrics back again once they sell out.
How does it work?
Our manufacturers send us an assortment of fabrics they have left over. We look through them to source only the best ones - 100% cotton in unique prints. We make sure all of the fabric widths are the same and then using our perfect button-down body block we cut all the fabric at once, reducing the resources needed to produce each run of shirts. Depending on the amount available in each fabric, the number of shirts we get in each design varies.
Because we use upcycled fabrics we have limited quantities of each fabric - so get em' while they are hot! We are never able to get these fabrics back for a restock, so once the shirts have sold out, they are gone forever. Please also note that the shrinkage on each fabric will vary; they can shrink up to 5% which would be about 1.5". We recommend always washing cold and hanging to dry.