Fair Trade and Fashion Industry Work Ethics

By choosing Leonard St, you’re supporting ethical fashion.

Ethical manufacture and Fair Trade fashion are very important to Leonard St founder Amanda McCarthy and her ethos of business. Early in her career, Amanda witnessed some factories where the workers were not happy and treated poorly – this is not something she wishes to condone or support.

Leonard St is honoured to have the ability to contribute to improving trading and manufacture conditions and promote sustainability in the countries where our garments are made. Amanda's designs for Leonard St's women's clothing are printed by screen or digital processes at her factory in Bali, Indonesia.

Sustainable, in every way

Leonard St - Bali screen printing

Sustainable fashion is a topic close to Amanda's heart. Leonard St donates old stock in Australia to the LIFE programme, the Light House Foundation (supporting women experiencing homelessness and abuse), St Kilda Mums, Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Any left over fabric from production is often donated to the staff at Leonard St's Bali production factory, charities in Bali to make uniforms for school children, and other community groups and sports teams.

Leonard St is part of a growing community of retailers in Australia dedicated to not just supporting ethical fashion, but also supporting their local communities.

Ethical fashion partnership in Bali, Indonesia

Amanda partners with a local Indonesian company, Ryan Bali Garment, located in a large factory space just outside of Denpasar, to produce more than 60% of the Leonard St range. The factory has divided areas for quality control, offices, sewing, cutting, printing, washing, and a volleyball court out the back for staff to use. Ryan Bali Garment is Amanda's second home and she considers the staff who work there her 'Leonard St family'.

Leonard St - Bali factory cutting table
Leonard St - Happy Bali Ryan Garment worker
Leonard St - Bali workers in factory
Leoanrd St - Hand painting prints in Bali
Leonard St - Sloth hand painted print
Leonard St - Bali workers family lunch
Leonard St - Bali workers day out
Leoanrd St - Screen printing in Bali
Leonard St - Black sloth print drying after printing

The production of the Leonard St collection is supervised by the factory owner, Jonny Sutikno, whose ethical practices are of the highest standard. His team shares meals and participates in staff activities together – like white water rafting, picnics, and soccer games – and Amanda often joins in religious festival celebrations when she visits.

At Ryan Bali Garment, employees have the flexibility to work from home so they can look after their children, and bring their work into the factory once a week. Amanda relishes her frequent visits to Bali and loves working with the Ryan Bali Garment team.

Quality knitwear and denims from China

China is a global leader in textiles and Amanda works with a French-owned company Nova Palm factory in Dongguan to produce around 30% of the Leonard St range, including denims, felted wool coating and specialty knitwear. The factory has passed the Business Social Compliance Initiative audit.

Amanda loves visiting China to see the fabric markets where she selects the textiles and trims for each new collection. She works with the team there to develop samples and supervise production. It is the close, working relationships with her supplies that makes Leonard St clothing so unique and made to last.

By choosing Leonard St women's clothing, you're supporting Australian design and the growth of sustainable fashion worldwide.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to email Amanda McCarthy directly on amanda@leonardstreet.com.au.

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