Size Inclusivity and Representation
For as long as it’s existed, South Asian media has championed one type of “beauty”. We have grown up watching it in the movies and many of us have grown accustomed to hearing unhealthy and dangerous messaging about how people “should” look - sometimes directly from our own family/relatives.
This type of rhetoric has naturally found its place in South Asian fashion where brands do not cater to certain body shapes and push one ideal in their photoshoots. Sadly, it is even common for customers to be charged for "extra material used" if they are a certain size.
We want to celebrate our community as they are. We do not want to “look past” differences but actively champion bodies of traditionally “othered” sizes, genders, abilities and sexual orientations in our community.
While TTL is still quite a small brand, we hope we can make a difference, not only to our customers but to the industry as a whole. To do this we want to make the following commitments:
1. We will NEVER charge based on sizes. All prices will stay consistent through all sizes;
3. We will add sleeves/modify our designs, provide hijabs and turbans in matching material upon request to ensure every person is 100% comfortable in their design. These requests will be provided free of charge.
4. We will aim to cast models who are not only representative of our community in the size they wear, but also showcase the diverse features from South Asia, gender identity, sexual orientation and ability.
Responsible manufacturing is at the forefront of our priorities and we are dedicated to making quality pieces strictly in an ethical environment. We are delighted to confirm that since the beginning, our designs have primarily been created in our very own studio in Bangladesh. This way can ensure that each stage of our production is aligned with the following values:
FAIR PAY AND WORKING CONDITIONS
From the beginning, our employees have been paid not only above minimum wage, but also above the living wage.
Religious holidays along with personal and sick leave are granted to all of our employees.
We encourage adequate breaks during the day and our employees are provided with a daily breakfast meal expense.
It is our primary concern that our employees are well looked after in every sense. The culture we hope to create in our studio is that our highly skilled tailors are working "with" us not "for" us. After all it is because of their skill that we are able to bring our designs to life
We are too often plagued with heinous stories of the conditions that garment workers in Bangladesh are expected to work in. This was particularly rife during the pandemic where garment workers were left extremely vulnerable in South Asia. It was our primary concern throughout the pandemic to look after our workers and keep all salaries consistent despite what our order intake was. It continues to be our duty to work against the narrative of garment works in Bangladesh.
THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION & COLLECTIVE BARGAINING
All employees have the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining and can join unions.
NO CHILD OR BONDED LABOUR
We do not tolerate child or bonded labour in any area of our supply chain. All of our employees are of legal working age.
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY
Our studio is regularly monitored to ensure a safe and comfortable working environment for all staff.
We attempt to minimise our waste at every step of our design and manufacturing process. We do not believe in over producing and creating unnecessary waste.
We operate on a made-to-order basis and our collections are small. This means we only create designs when orders are confirmed. If there is high demand for a certain product, we will create in drops or do a pre-order to ensure we continue to only create for confirmed orders. This way we can still cater to demand without holding onto excess, unwanted garments.
By creating our samples and all subsequent orders in our own studio, we are able to eliminate a number of errors common in sampling and manufacturing stages in order to get the right style and fit, therefore using less raw materials.
Instead of sending excess fabrics off to landfill, we create samples from them or do our best to organise a buy-back with our suppliers. A buy-back transaction is when a fabric supplier will exchange a fabric with another fabric to ensure it is actually being used.