Quality over Quantity
We champion the idea of buying less and investing in high-quality pieces that last. We combine craftsmanship with unique and proprietary techniques to create a Signature style, designed to be seasonless and made to stand the test of time. The adjustability of Bordelle’s pieces guarantees an individual fit which can be altered to the wearer over time to further extend its life.
Less is More
We are a niche brand and like to remain that way. We produce our collections in small batches and our innovative adjustment feature across only five sizes keeps stock to a minimum, limiting over production across multiple sizes. Our low-waste approach to manufacturing means we avoid over production of materials and garment stock. We also believe in reducing waste at every step of the process; through intuitive design, sustainable production practices and re-usable packaging.
Our Own Production
We are advocates of fair and ethical processes and only work with manufacturers who share our ethos. The quality and provenance of our product are of great importance to us, so much so that we have invested in our own production Atelier in Romania, the birth place of our founder.
Bordelle London team members spend a total of eight to ten weeks throughout the year at our manufacturers. Ahead of a production delivery, Bordelle’s technical team spend a week at our manufacturers, meticulously quality checking to ensure the highest standard. In between visits, Bordelle has daily contact and weekly skype calls with their manufacturers, promoting a strong partnership and guaranteeing that we can confidently deliver transparency for our customers.
At Atelier Bordelle Productions, every member of staff is paid fixed wages regardless of daily output and efficiency targets are incentivized with bonus schemes. Staff members are encouraged to adopt a proactive attitude and an entrepreneurial spirit with a focus on personal and professional development. Employees take part in regular team building activities, training sessions and annual reviews. The Atelier was fully renovated in January 2019. It is clean and spacious, flooded with natural light and fitted with air conditioning. The Atelier is equipped with new digital machinery to ensure the highest quality manufacture and avoid excessive electricity consumption associated with older machines.
Find out more about the production of Bordelle at Atelier Bordelle Productions via their website here.
Restore, Revive, Recycle
“Extending the life of clothing by an extra nine months could reduce carbon, waste and water footprints by around 20–30% each.” *
The quality and longevity of everything we produce is our first priority and we encourage customers to enjoy their Bordelle for as long as possible by following our care instructions to hand wash using mild detergent at 30 degrees.
To maximise the life-cycle of Bordelle items, we offer a repair service to restore products that have suffered general wear and tear, ensuring that our clients can continue to wear and love their favourite pieces. Please get in touch with us for more information on the repairs service and checkout terms & conditions.
We are proud to introduce Bordelle Revived – limited edition ranges with the aim to revive a surplus material. We believe that the life of a fabric exceeds more than just one season. Despite careful forecasting to limit waste as much as possible, in modern manufacturing practices there is inevitably surplus fabric. This can be due to minimum length requirements from suppliers or a change in sales demand. The aim of Bordelle Revived is to breathe new life into materials that our customers loved the first time around, through innovative new designs.Shop our Bordelle Revived Collection here
We are dedicated to recycling across every area of the brand and are always striving to improve.
Packaging – Our paper packaging is 100% recyclable, including the paper from our hang tags, our receipt holders and our gift boxes. We are currently developing a more environmentally friendly option for our online customers who would like to receive less packaging. Bordelle polybags are made from recycled LDPE and are 100% recyclable. Our luxury satin pouches are designed to be kept, they provide protection for Bordelle pieces whilst being stored and are also perfect for packing when travelling. Bordelle packaging straps are designed to be repurposed into wearable accessories.
Materials and Manufacture – The Bordelle London studio recycle all paper and plastic, re-use scrap paper and avoid shredding paper unless absolutely necessary. Cardboard delivery boxes and any packaging are kept and re-used. Scraps of fabric are kept for cutting training and any materials that cannot be used are donated to universities. Development samples are taken apart and gold components and zips are re-used. Our gold components are made from recycled zamak and any excess zamak is recycled after pouring into moulds, the components are then plated with 24k gold. At Atelier Bordelle Productions fabric is cut efficiently to avoid wastage, there are paper, plastic and fabric recycling points throughout. Smaller cuttings of materials are re-purposed for other uses such as loops.
Bordelle donate annually to a humanitarian charity, and throughout the year to various chosen charities. For more information on the charities Bordelle support, get in touch here.
Bordelle support universities by donating surplus materials and components for students. We partner with London College of Fashion and De Montfort University, offering work placements to students and sponsoring graduate shows.
Our Work is one of Progress
Research and technology are always moving forward and whilst we are making changes, we recognise that sustainability is a work in progress.
We invite you to join us on our journey towards achieving our future sustainability goals:
- Move away from virgin materials and switch to recycled options where possible
- Only work with certified companies, currently 93% of our suppliers are OEKO-TEX® certified
- Invest in sustainable material innovation
- Introduce a basic packaging option and carbon neutral shipping for Bordelle ecommerce
- Reduce carbon emissions by selecting carbon neutral options on shipments and flights
- Switch to renewable energy sources at our production Atelier
- Research and develop sustainability and transparency on our progress