Leonard St.

Sustainable and ethical fashion

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

We make clothes to make people smile. We hope you enjoy wearing them. Leonard St designs began back in 2004 with the desire to make playful pieces that evoke joy in the wearer and the viewer. Leonard St duds are designed to make you feel good in them and about who made them.

We have been working with the same factory, Ryan Bali Garment based in Bali for over 15 years and this partnership has grown as we both support each other in aiming to achieve a positive impact on social community and the Earth.

There is always more to do and more to learn, and as this part of the process is becomes the most important part. Here are some of the system we have implemented in working towards our GREEN clothing goals.

Amanda's daughter Mia chatting with I’in as she checks the finishing

Fatma and Furda ironing

Kholis laying the pattern pieces

Zero waste in production

All off cuts are kept to be turned into "bi-products" of our cutting process.

Our Zero Waste bi-products includes; Belts, tote carry bags, scrunchies, hair ties, collars and the kids wear collection. We also use the remaining fabric to cut into stripes to bundle our production in the freight process.

Our left over stock never goes to landfill. We work with charities and donate left over stock to support those in need, we regularly donate the following Charites:

We are always looking for new upcycle projects, send your collaboration upcycle offers to amanda@leonardstreet.com.au

No plastic

We say no to individual wrapping our garments in plastic, in order reduce plastics in our world, so we opt to use one sheet of plastic to line boxes in transit to protect our clothing. These sheets are kept and taken back to Bali each season when visiting to be reused again and again.

Eco Packaging

We use 100% compostable satchels for our online orders, so please remember to add them to your home compost. We use recycled paper carry bags so we no trees are cut down in our packaging. We support the Bob Brown Foundation and use our voice to demand protection for Australian forests.

No waste inter Store Deliveries

For our weekly stock deliveries into stores we use large cloth duffel bags which we made form imperfect print cotton drill many years ago. They are still going strong and we rotate them back to our warehouses to keep the circle going. This means we avoid using any plastics or cardboard boxes in the weekly delivery process and help reduce waste.

Mono Filament fabrics

All our fabrics are mono filament, that means the threads that make up the yarns and are our base cloths are a singe flioment fibre, known as mono-filoment, and therefore do not break up into multi filaments that can be broken down over time and washed away into our water systems during the washing process.

Ratih and Amanda in the stock fabric room

Jonny counting buttons

Leonard St Factory in Bali

Rhoman the pattern maker teaching Amanda & Alistair’s daughter Amber how to make a spec to fit

Ethical Workplace

We partner with a local Indonesian company, Ryan Bali Garment, located in a factory space just outside of Denpasar, to produce more than 60% of the Leonard St range. Ryan Bali Garment is our second home and we consider the staff who work there part of our 'Leonard St family'. Many of the staff have been working there for over 10 years. Jonny works with the individual staff needs and many sewers now work from home since COVID, or if they need to care for a family member or child. 

Although Bali does not have an official accreditation for an Ethical Workplace we are proud to support a factory
who pays their staff well above base salary, and also offers staff a healthcare card, sick pay and provides holiday pay for the annual tradition holidays for both main religions in Indonesia Muslim and Hindu.

(Pictured: Ketut, Kadex , Wulan, Khotim, Amanda's daughter Amber, Amanda the Designer, her daughter Mia, Yuni , Bila, Dwi , Sunarti)

Birds eye view of the cutting tables. I love the pattern makers chalk lines. They are worn into flat stone shapes, so deft on the fingers for this task. I loved this at my grandfathers factory on Flinders Lane when I was little, I idolised Mary the French pattern cutter.
Khlois and Juni getting ready to cut our Philodendron styles
Armett and his apprentice cutting our Wrap Front Dress in Forest
SubartI Using the last of the Rust Wren print CVC fabric for some sweaters. Only a few left.
Soti; Happiest man in the factory, he is married to Wulan who is my production supervisor. Is working on the Tweedle Shirts in butter
Birdseye view of drying. Those seams. Not the easiest feat for a double double fold back crepe seam in Humid Bali
Agus Showing how many parts make up our Bomber Jackets, here you can see the rib hem, the Sage lining and the outer printed cotton drill, carefully coming together
Subarji displaying the Delicate stitching of the Vera Lyn top on Philodendron print
Khlois cutting our well loved denim pants
The hand finishing, folding and Quality Check table, always a great source of laughing
Ketut Jayanti, Hand stitching the shoulder pads into the bomber jacket and closing the lining seams
Front wrap dress cut and bundles ready for sewing
The much in demand Bumble pant cut and bundled waiting for sewing
My shelf of lefts overs in the fabric room. Waiting for my next zero waste product idea to use every last inch! I'm doing Garlands to decorate your room, party, tent or camper van.

Jonny also offers accommodation at the factory and off site for those who need it and also at a smaller house he used to use for Leonard St when we first started our production with him 10 years ago. The factory supports 60 staff most of who have been with him for 10 years plus and is more like community. As many people form Java come to Bali for work, they often need to return for family reasons so this accommodation arrangement helps both parties. I believe that speaks volumes to an Ethical Workplace.

Leonard St.

In Bali

It was so special to be able to visit our Bali factory after a long 2 years and 3 months.

The factory we use in China is called Ala Mode and Lulu whose factory in Guangzhou produces around 30% of the Leonard St range, including denims, specialty fabrics and felted wool coating.

The factory has Ethical Standards accreditation passing the Business Social Compliance Initiative audit. We are aiming to source other factories that can also offer this certification.

No single use plastics in the factory

All staff are issued with a water bottle and refill at the main water tank for drinking water. Lunch is also provided so this avoids any bought lunches in disposable plastics, this also helps to spread education at a local level about harmful effects of single use plastic thorough the community.

On special occasions the staff all eat together and Jonny often provides feasts for religious days - and sometimes when we visit too! Alistair, one of our Directors, was surprised with birthday celebrations earlier this year.

No plastics are used in our packaging or shipping, so we offer a totally plastic free fashion production process.

Bali celebrations with cake!

Bali spicy chicken feasts

Bali yummy food

Bali celebration lunch

So please know that when you support Leonard St you are supporting all the people involved in bringing these pieces to life from design to production to retail and online, and we would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your support. In 2024 we are celebrating 20 years of Leonard St.

Yours Sincerely,

Amanda McCarthy


& Alistair Black