We’re passionate about local manufacturing, the people behind it and our role in it. That’s why producing 90% of the Variety Hour range in Australia is a core part of our ethos, and has been ever since we started making back in 2016. We have an ongoing commitment to support the Australian manufacturing industry in the best way we can, working closely with our amazing partner and Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA) accredited manufacturer, LCN Fashions, who work from Sunshine in Melbourne's West.
An ECA accreditation ensures that our highly skilled Australian workers are paid award wage plus all benefits such as super and are given a safe working environment.
Local manufacturing is important to us as it supports a healthy local economy, creates valuable employment especially in a women dominated industry, fosters our local textile industry that has struggled for many decades, less packaging is used and pollution and factories are held accountable to the strict workplace laws here in Australia.
In 2020, COVID-19 restrictions were placed on our Melbourne factory, so we moved four of our summer styles to be manufactured in China. We were incredibly grateful to be offered help by a friend and use of their workshop, and this lifeline turned out to be a very positive experience for which we are so thankful. It’s a small factory of 16 skilled craftspeople who specialise in bespoke production runs of 50, and work specifically with Australian clients like us. Our woven throws are made in the USA.