Is Halle the label sustainable? | Ethical Made Easy
HALLE

Location

Australia

Price

$$$

Values

  • Fair Fair
  • Gender Equality Gender Equality
  • Made Locally Made Locally
  • Minimal Waste Minimal Waste
  • Repurpose Repurpose
  • Transparent Transparent
  • Vegan Vegan

Based in the beautiful harbour city of Newcastle, Australia, HALLE is a label that celebrates a slower, more mindful way of living. Olivia Halle, the founder of HALLE, believes that it’s her duty to apply thoughtful processes to all aspects of her business, so she set out to create a fashion label that’s fairly produced with everlasting designs and quality fabrics. This conscious approach invites the wearer to be more mindful when adding clothing to their wardrobe, and to fully appreciate the story behind their clothes.

When you purchase a HALLE piece you can feel wonderful (and perhaps a little boastful) about the fact that it was made by one set of hands in a humble studio in sunny Newcastle. This cuts out any concern for unethical practices in the designing, cutting, sewing and delivery stages of the supply chain. It’s a labour of love for founder Olivia and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Olivia herself designs, cuts and sews each piece with maximum fabric yield—any offcuts are used for smaller items as a way to avoid waste and appreciate each piece of fabric for what it is. Larger offcuts are sewn into simple camis and the smaller offcuts are still used in the production used for neck binds, straps and waist ties. Every new order placed online is created through a made-to-order process, which also limits the amount of waste and ensures that there’s no accidental over-production. This slower approach to production means that your order will be made to the highest standard. As the owner of a HALLE garment, you can take pride (and again feel a little boastful) about the fact that you’ve purchased a truly thoughtful piece.

When it comes to fabrics, HALLE garments are all made from natural fibres like linen and cotton, which are durable and prolong the garment’s lifespan. Olivia acknowledges that fabrics like cotton require high amounts of water during the production process, but she takes pride in knowing exactly where these fabrics come from. HALLE’s linens are sourced from an Australian-owned family business, who source from mills in Japan that are known for their sustainable and fair practices. Olivia says that the mills are committed to minimal water and electrical usage, do not use child labour, and pay proper wages for all employees who work in strict occupational health and safety environments. She also sources fabrics from a South Korean supplier that uses biodegradable packaging and offers an extensive selection of natural fibre fabrics with low minimum orders. Other fabrics in HALLE products include locally sourced deadstock, and fabrics from past seasons—another way the brand is avoiding unnecessary waste.

Olivia is committed to sourcing a wider range of sustainable and GOTS certified fabrics as the business grows. This level of transparency and dedication to the long term game is what makes us here at EME so proud to house brands like HALLE on our brand directory.

When a HALLE item is sent to your doorstep, it will come lovingly wrapped in recyclable packaging without a swing tag to reduce wastage. All of the marketing materials are also recyclable, as is the box it comes in. Olivia endeavours to continue searching for the best packaging available in the very near future.

Finally, who could forget the way the garments make you feel? HALLE pieces are soft, subtle, simple and created with precision and attention-to-detail. These are the types of pieces that you’ll never want to take off—not only because they’re beautiful and comfortable, but for all the aforementioned reasons above. We hope you love HALLE as much as we do.

Want to know where HALLE sits and what they’re working on in terms of these 5 values? Hover over these values to find out.

Want to know more about the founders journey?

Read our interview here.

Halle
“From day dot natural fibres have been ingrained into me. Not only are they beautiful to work with, they of course have less of an impact on the environment through their lifecycle ”.

Olivia Halle

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