The Positive Product Manifesto
STORY mfg. was born out of a desire for a more authentic, fulfilling and kind approach to fashion -- one that doesn't involve a trade-off between aesthetics and sustainability. We are a husband and wife team and work with a large group of dyers, weavers, embroiderers and tailors in our atelier in the Indian forest.
Our products are designed to benefit the earth, our customers and the people we work with. We believe fashion can be a form of social activism and that STORY mfg. can help promote regenerative agriculture 🌍.
Our manifesto has been the cornerstone of our practice, but it's open to adaptation as more opportunities to create positive interactions arise.
Clothing is skincare
If the chemicals in clothing were packaged into a cream you'd never let it anywhere near your skin - so why do we ignore it when it's in the things we wear? Our approach to fabric and dyes is to use only natural, organic ingredients that benefit the planet and your skin.
Built to last, born to die
We build products to last because the most sustainable way to live is to buy less. That said, our approach to products - from the raw ingredients to the fabrics and trims - means that when they are discarded, will biodegrade and enrich the soil.
We never, ever, use animal products because we don’t feel there is anything sustainable or positive in raising and slaughtering other creatures. Our stand on kindness extends to our makers and customers too - we ensure that our materials and garments do not carry horrid toxic chemicals that could be harmful to work with or wear. Everything we do is vegan and completely cruelty-free.
Our greater goal is to help reverse the damage done by industry and enter into practices that leave the planet better off after our work is done. Our natural indigo sourcing comes from an effort to fix nitrogen levels in over-tilled and farmed soil, and our dyeing takes place in a re-planted forest where all our waste is used to fertilise the gardens.
Our work is heavily craft-based and involves both teaching and learning new techniques together with our craftspeople. We are invested in giving continuous, well-paid work and do not switch for cheaper alternatives.