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#WhyGoFaux? Let us tell you.

We’ve switched up how we sew and have tailored our website. Our deadstock garments are made on demand in Alabama. We've extended our sizing to offer options from XXS-3X. We now accept Afterpay. We still make the same silhouettes you know and love, and now they're available in extended sizes and exclusive colorways that are made-to-order. See below for a recap of the five reasons why to go faux. 

1. Made in the USA
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Fauxgerty has always been made in the USA since 2013, no exceptions.
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We never have and never will manufacture outside of the USA. Producing domestically allows us to reduce emissions from freight and support domestic manufacturing. It’s essential for us to support our economy instead of outsourcing cheap work from another country.

Our organic cotton basics are made in an ethically responsible factory in Los Angeles. Our leather alternative outerwear is made in Chicago. Our hats are woven by hand and sewn in Nashville. Our deadstock fabric collection is made-to-order in Alabama. 

In the 1960s, 95% of clothing consumed in the USA was manufactured in the USA. Today, less than 3% of clothing consumed in the USA is manufactured in the USA. We are proud to support our region and local sewing communities rather than outsourcing work from another country. While some brands produce ethically in other countries, we believe in the importance of investing in your community and region. This is why we choose to pay a premium to sew domestically, an expense many companies choose to forgo. 

 

 

Because we are close in proximity to our manufacturers, we are guaranteed a quality product. Production mistakes can be caught early and if there happens to be a mistake in production, we correct the error instead of discarding the garment. This adds an additional labor cost and is more expensive than disposing and redoing the garment. We are invested in producing our pieces right, from start to finish. 

Our manager of product integrity, Julia, physically verifies that each garment passes our quality control test 100% before she hand packs each order and ships it out into the world. Ever have a question about fit or tracking your garment? She's also the one who handles our customer services queue. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) oversees safe working conditions for American workers. By producing in the USA, we ensure that our employees are being treated fairly thanks to these domestic labor laws. If we were to outsource production from another country, we wouldn't have the same level of transparency in our workshops to guarantee that our sewer's have a high quality of life. In this way, buying products made in foreign countries actually supports violations against sweatshop workers. 

Current technologies in North America allow for cleaner, renewable, and eco-friendly practices that aren’t necessarily done in other countries, especially when it comes to sewing.

Creating a demand for products made in the USA makes a need for creating in the USA. It leads to local job creation for us and also for our future generations. It starts a need for “on-shoring,” or bringing back jobs that have been outsourced. Buying American made contributes to a brighter, more stable future for the entire country.

When you support companies that manufacture in the USA, you help strengthen our country from the inside, out.

 

 

2. Fair Wages 
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 There’s a person behind every piece.
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97% of the clothing worn in the USA is not made in the United States. One in every six people on earth works in the global fashion industry. Most clothing is made in rural and poverty-stricken areas in China, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, The Philippines, and Bangladesh. Sewers in Bangladesh make around $3 a day, where the minimum wage is $95 a month. 80% of these garment sewers are women.

We produce our pieces in the USA to ensure that our workers have a high quality of life and are protected by ethical labor standards set up by OSHA. 

Our garments are designed and sewn by a team we treat like family. We count on our skilled seamstresses and tailors to transform our sustainable fabrics into the highest quality pieces.

On average, it takes 2 hours to sew a Fauxgerty garment. Our sewers in Alabama are paid over 70% above the minimum wage. They are offered paid time off, have health insurance options, and work in a temperature controlled facility.

Our tight-knit team of five based in St. Louis, Missouri wear many hats. Because of this we have flexible, family-friendly work schedules and paid time off.  

 

3. Eco-Conscious Fabric
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We prioritize fabrics with the lowest environmental impact.
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These smarter, better materials include upcycled deadstock, Certified Organic Cotton, and leather and suede alternatives. We're always on the prowl for innovative fabrics that look good, feel great and minimize our footprint. From repurposed materials and organic cotton to cruelty-free leathers and suedes, our sustainable materials are a big part of who we are. 

We rescue leftover fabric, otherwise destined for a landfill, to create our garments in vibrant colors and patterns. This process has allowed us to upcycle thousands of yards of fabric. In 2018, we were able to utilize 1,500 yards of this material to fabricate all of our ready-to-wear pieces. Most of our vintage fabrics cannot be replaced. So, while our silhouettes restock, most colors and prints are exclusive.

 

 

Organic Cotton: We choose Certified Organic Cotton in our bodysuits and tees because it means the crop isn't treated with pesticides, insecticides, herbicides or GMOs. This supports a healthier ecosystem for farmers, the wildlife surrounding the crop, and you.

Alternative Leather: We use a PVC-free leather alternative that has a minimal environmental impact. It uses post-consumer recycled content in the fabric and won't peel or crack. The fabric is stain resistant, lending itself to be a piece you can wear daily.

Alternative suede: Our faux suede may feel familiar. Eco-friendly car brands like Tesla use the same sustainable fabric to create comfy, durable seats. Our suede alternative is also extremely durable and weather repellant, giving it a long life of wear.

A note about "Out Of Stock": You may notice many of our pieces sell out. Don't get frustrated - it's all for a good reason. Because we upcycle vintage fabrics, many of our pieces are made in limited runs. While our fabrics are seasonal, our silhouettes are not. Our styles, like The Amber Jumpsuit and The Frannie, will continue to re-introduce themselves in new colors and patterns. If you find a style that fits you like a glove, keep an eye out for a revival in a new hue.  We currently hunt for deadstock fabric in Los Angeles.

 

 

 4. On-Demand Production
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Producing on-demand allows us to create garments based on our customer’s feedback and reduce waste.
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We purchase fabric that has been discarded by other sew houses, and now to reduce waste we’re taking it another step further. To achieve our goal of zero unsold inventory in 2019, all of our deadstock garments are now made-to-order. We make pieces following our demand, only producing our most popular styles and colorways. 
 
More than 150 billion garments are produced annually, enough to provide 20 new garments to every person on the planet, every year. From 1999-2009 the US post-consumer textile waste grew by 40%. Americans now throw away about 70 lbs worth of clothing per person, every year. Fast fashion companies overproduce and have billions of dollars worth of unsold inventory that must be thrown away at the end of each season. We tend to forget that there is really no "away" in the term "throw away." It might be out of sight, but it becomes trash that our planet was never meant to handle. By producing pieces made-to-order, we bypass this fickle cycle of abundant waste.

Reducing the over-production of finished goods cuts back on wasting fabric and unsold inventory. Manufacturing to order is even more important to us because the deadstock fabric we source is limited.

Another reason we make garments to order is that we can make a run of a certain colorway go further by producing it on-demand. For example, last year before we implemented the made-to-order model we had a couple of XS Amber jumpsuits leftover and kept getting messages from customers wanting to purchase it in a size M. Because we had already cut and sewn the XS jumpsuits and had run out of fabric, we were unable to accommodate other orders. Producing on-demand helps us to fulfill your orders. It's a more costly process for us, but also the most efficient and resourceful way of using our limited fabric. 

 

5. Recycled & Reusable Packaging 
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Every element of our packaging is recycled or reusable.
Is a garment really sustainable if it arrives shipped in a plastic bag?

We are drowning in a sea of plastic and much of it is ending up in our oceans. According to The Washington Post, If we keep producing (and failing to properly dispose of) plastics at predicted rates, plastics in the ocean will outweigh fish pound for pound in 2050.

Americans are the #1 trash-producing country in the world, at 1,609 pounds per person per year. 1/3rd of this trash (536 pounds!) is packaging waste. Packaging represents about 65% of household rubbish. 

We think both inside and outside of the box. Every element of our packaging is recycled, recyclable or reusable. Your Fauxgerty garment will arrive in an organic cotton canvas bag we suggest using for your weekly vegetable haul. For smaller orders, we ship in 100% recycled mailers, made from entirely recycled content with adhesive strips that allow them to be reused. We never have and never will use newly manufactured plastic in our packaging.

This mentality stretches from the micro to macro: it includes only using paper goods and shipping tape that have been made out of recyclables in our St. Louis headquarters.

 

From ethical production to sustainable fabrics, we're committed to minimizing our environmental impact. Our non-negotiables include domestic manufacturing, fair wages, smart fabrics, on-demand production, and recycled or reusable packaging for our goods. Made on-demand. Made for you. Made with intention. Made to feel right.

 

Sources:

Fashion United

Huffington Post

The True Cost 

Fashion Revolution

Saturday Evening Post 

Well Made Clothes

The Washington Post

Forbes

 

 

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