The days are longer, the sun is shining, birds are chirping and finally it doesn't feel like being hit in the face by the cold as soon as you're leaving the house. Spring is here, y'all! Finally. So that means florals, light colors like white, nude and pastel tones, midi skirts and sandals are back, too.
Just in time to celebrate the warmer temperatures, I got an in-between jacket in the aforementioned nude that I never want to take off. Seriously, it is so soft on the skin that it almost feels like I'm wearing a blankie. Except that it also looks stylish and goes with anything. It has that perfect mid-thigh length and would be an amazing spring jacket in and by itself. But then there's that little extra that makes it perfect: It's organic cotton fleece and is ethically and sustainably produced in Europe.
Creator of this masterpiece (yes, I'm resorting to superlatives) are Jula and Anna, who first had the idea of starting a fair fashion label after a bottle of wine in 2013. Relatable, much? This is the realest founding story I've heard already. On a mission to fill the need for stylish sustainable fashion (I hear you), they founded their label Jan'NJune a year later and they made all the right decisions on the way. Here's what they say about their manufacturing process:
All our garments are produced in Wroclaw, Poland. Why Poland? Because we want a close-by production so we have an eye on what’s going on. We are visiting our manufacturer on regular basis to define the workmanships for each article and auditing the factory. We have a contract with our manufacturer that strictly forbids to pass on our order to third parties so we can guarantee full transparency. Our goal is to build a long-lasting partnership with the Ciborski family. With only one supplier we keep it simple and transparent.
YES. So much YES. This is exactly how it's done. This is a best practice example of a sustainable label right there: To have one (or a tightly knit network of) supplier(s), that is regularly visited, monitored and legally bound not to outsource the production to sub-suppliers. This is literally the only way you can 100% be sure the production complies with your standards. Otherwise suppliers WILL try to outsource, because it makes financial and logistical sense for them and they probably aren't as concerned as you with the standards of their sub-suppliers. If you're not on-site, you will never even find out.
Even so, to my knowledge, not many sustainable labels actually do know the exact factory (or factories) where their clothing is produced, nor do they visit, let alone audit. Or they simply do not report on it. However, I doubt any company wouldn't share such costly and time-consuming transparency efforts with their buyers. I really hope more fair fashion labels follow Jan'NJune's example of supply chain monitoring and transparency. This is precisely what my master thesis is about and I was honestly so excited to see that there's labels out there who seem not to tick only 1 or 2, but ALL the boxes of what makes a great fair fashion label. Honestly, good job girls.
You can read all about the sustainable materials they use, their certificates and their story on their website. The jacket I'm wearing is the long jacket 'Alan' and I paired it with olive green straight-leg pants, a beige sweater, Bailey Nelson sunglasses I brought home from Sydney, and Fila disruptors (made from textile and synthetic leather). And then I also took a few shots with tighter pants and shiny faux leather loafers, for a more sophisticated feel. Both looks are minimalistic and exactly what I like. I hope you like it too and I hope you'll check out Jan'NJune, because they're literally amazing. I love seeing women succeed, especially with ideas that change the world (or an industry) for the better.
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