Eight skilled artisans have used their lifelong experience to help us develop and craft each garment before it’s wrapped with care in eco-friendly packaging and sent your way.
Pattern + Sample Making
We’ve worked with the same expert pattern and sample maker team in New York City’s Garment Center since 2006. Each style we offer has been designed in house and executed with precision to ensure integrity. Superb fit and subtle design elements that make all the difference are fundamental to Loyale and these essential goals wouldn’t be achievable without a strong foundation from the outset with the best collaborators.
Cutting + Sewing
Opportunity Threads, a worker-owned cooperative in Western North Carolina, is Loyale’s partner for socially responsible, domestic cutting and sewing. Loyale collaborates with Opportunity Threads because of their transparency and dedication to supporting worker dignity, implementing sustainable business practices and renewing textile work opportunities in southern Appalachia. This minority and women-owned operation was founded with community centeredness and sustainability as the cornerstones of their enterprise. Opportunity Threads’ initiatives include hiring team members with the expectation that they will become a worker-owner after two years, recycling all fabric scraps in partnership with a SC-based fiberfill company and initiating progressive social change by creating living wage jobs for skilled workers, restoring abandoned manufacturing spaces and resuscitating a domestic manufacturing industry needed to produce high quality, fairtrade products. To learn more about producing garments in North Carolina, please visit the Carolina Textile District website.
It’s been a two year journey locating the fabric we feel merits being crafted into a high quality tee that will be a favorite staple in your wardrobe. We’ve examined more than 100 fabric options from the US and abroad, and held several focus groups. Our current fabrics, developed by innovative Japanese mills, received the highest marks via anonymous voting for quality, drape, luster, wearability and hand feel. Unfortunately, most organic fabrics currently available do not offer all of these attributes or if they do, we’d have to charge 30% more per garment, which we feel is unreasonable. Moreover, we feel good about sourcing from Japan because their standards for safety and environmental impact are much more stringent and they're committed to developing the highest quality fabrics that are made to last. We continue to seek out fabric sources that meet our small batch minimums and quality standards; if we can move towards a fully sustainable fabric without being forced to create unstylish or astronomically priced designs, you’ll be the first to know and can celebrate with us!