People + Planet

When we began Spell at the Byron Artisan Markets almost nine years ago, we had no idea where our journey would lead. We bought turquoise stones from local bead stores, and collected leather scraps and trinkets to hand-make our designs. As our brand grew, we built relationships with small factories and suppliers, our partnerships based not just on the workmanship or the quality of the items they produced but the family feel of the people who worked there. We are a family, and we wanted every part of the brand to feel like one.

Today, we’re proud that all elements of Spell are still a reflection of myself and Isabella and the values we hold. It is our vision to create beautiful garments that inspire change towards truly sustainable fashion that is good for people, communities and the planet for generations to come.

A year ago we started mapping our supply chain and today we’re proud to say that every one of our garment factories has been ethically audited by an internationally recognised body. The further we embark on our journey, the more committed we are to understanding the impacts throughout our business and wider supply chain. It is our responsibility to address these impacts in order to walk a little lighter on the earth. We believe in sustainability and look forward to sharing our journey with you.

Elizabeth and Isabella xx

Meet The Makers

We’re dedicated to building long term, authentic relationships with our suppliers, and only work with factories that are committed to Ethical Trade and share in the wider Spell Sustainability vision.

We’ve always asked our factories to abide by a strict code of conduct, but we feel it’s our responsibility to ensure the production of our garments are verified ethical and that we use our brand as a platform to promote positive change. We do this by using independent certification bodies who specialise in social and ethical standards.

These organisations conduct annual

site inspections and worker interviews

at all our factories to make sure our

wider Spell family have access to the

best conditions possible.

Our garments wouldn’t exist

if it weren’t for passion and

dedication from our factories

around the world.

They’re the ones who mill, weave and print our fabrics, and the master sewers work hand-in-hand with our design team to bring our visions to life. That’s why we make sure the factories we use are places we’re proud to call part of the Spell family.

Our Factories

We want you guys to know the stoires behind your clothes. click the map or factory list below to find out about the teams who bring our garments to life.
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Our Footwear Factory

North India
FACTORY ACCREDITATION

SEDEX, SAI with SA8000

Number of Employees

1200

Youngest Employee

19

THEY WEAVED MAGIC WITH

Our boots

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Our Wovens Factory

Shanghai, China
FACTORY ACCREDITATION

SEDEX

Number of Employees

65

Youngest Employee

27

THEY WEAVED MAGIC WITH

Xanadu, Kiss the Sky, Gypsiana, Desert Road, Lovebird, Étienne, and our intimates.

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Our Swim Factory

Dongguan, China
FACTORY ACCREDITATION

SAI Approved with SA8000

Number of Employees

710

Youngest Employee

18

THEY WEAVED MAGIC WITH

Hotel Paradiso and Babushka (swim), Flamingo Blossom, Gypset, Alena Luxe Lace.

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Our Tees Factory

Lima, Peru
FACTORY ACCREDITATION

WRAP

Number of Employees

181

Youngest Employee

19

THEY WEAVED MAGIC WITH

Panther, Gypsy Witch, Turquoise Hunter, and Festival Fox tees

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Our Fabric Printer

Shanghai, China
Number of Employees

45

Youngest Employee

30

THEY WEAVED MAGIC WITH

Hotel Paradiso. Oracle, Kombi, Revolver

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Our Luxe Lace Factory

Jiangmen, China
FACTORY ACCREDITATION

SEDEX

Number of Employees

180

Youngest Employee

27

THEY WEAVED MAGIC WITH

Spell Bride, Rhiannon Lace, Woodstock Lace and Peasant Girl, Hotel Paradiso, Oracle, Kombi, Lolita, Lotus.

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Our Embellishments Factory

Delhi, India
FACTORY ACCREDITATION

SEDEX, BCSI

Number of Employees

300

Youngest Employee

18

THEY WEAVED MAGIC WITH

Our sequin story

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VIEW ALL OUR FACTORIES

Jiangmen, China

Our Luxe Lace Factory

Shanghai, China

Our Wovens Factory

Dongguan, China

Our Swim Factory

Shanghai, China

Our Fabric Printer

North India

Our Footwear Factory

Delhi, India

Our Embellishments Factory

Lima, Peru

Our Tees Factory

Code Of Conduct

working hours

Working Hours Hours of work shall comply with applicable laws and industry standards. In any event, workers shall not on a regular basis be required to work in excess of 48 hours per week and shall be provided with at least one day off for every seven-day period. Overtime shall be voluntary, shall not exceed 12 hours per week, shall not be demanded on a regular basis and shall always be compensated at a premium rate.

non-discrimination

Non-Discrimination Recruitment, wage policy, admittance to training programmes, employee promotion policy, policies of employment termination, retirement, and any other aspect of the employment relationship shall be based on the principle of equal opportunities, regardless of race, colour, sex, religion, political affiliation, union membership, nationality, social origin, deficiencies or handicaps.

child labour

Child Labour There shall be no use of child labour. The age for admission to employment shall not be less than the age of completion of compulsory schooling and, in any case, not less than 15 years.

freedom of association

Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining The right of all workers to form and join trade unions and bargain collectively shall be recognised.

wages

Wages Wages and benefits paid for a standard working week shall meet at least legal or industry minimum standards and always be sufficient to meet basic needs of workers and their families and to provide some discretionary income.

diciplinary practices

Disciplinary practices Physical abuse, threats of physical abuse, unusual punishments or discipline, sexual and other harassment, and intimidation by the employer is strictly prohibited.

Health and safety

Health and Safety A safe and hygienic working environment shall be provided, and best occupational health and safety practice shall be promoted, bearing in mind the prevailing knowledge of the industry and of any specific hazards. Appropriate attention shall be paid to occupational hazards specific to this branch of the industry and assure that a safe and hygienic work environment is provided for. Effective regulations shall be implemented to prevent accidents and minimise health risks as much as possible.

involuntary labour

Involuntary Labour There shall be no use of forced, including bonded or prison, labour.

legally binding

Legally binding employment relationship Obligations to employees under labour or social security laws and regulations arising from the regular employment relationship shall not be avoided through the use of labour-only contracting arrangements, or through apprenticeship schemes where there is no real intent to impart skills or provide regular employment. Younger workers shall be given the opportunity to participate in education and training programmes.

Spell was born from Isabella’s love of crafting jewellery by hand, working with turquoise, silver, leather and lace to bring her visions to life. We wanted to honour the tradition of hand making, whilst supporting marginalised artisans and crafts people around the world.

We have partnered with SETU,

a fair trade organisation that

works to empower artisan

communities by providing them

with sustainable growth

opportunities through Fair

Trade practices.

The canvas is then sent to the stitching unit on the outskirts of Jaipur to be cut and sewn together. Meanwhile the fabric tags are made by three separate women’s groups - a local printer, the tailors who embroider around the hole, and the women who take out the fringes and tie string through the hole to attach to the bag.

It’s amazing that such a seemingly simple item can pass through the hands of so many, and it’s a reminder for us to slow down, treasure each item and be grateful to those who worked on the pieces we love so much.

The Story of Our

Artisan Tote Bags

Our limited edition, organic tote bags are a collaboration between five artisan groups throughout India – each of these communities use their own ancient traditions, weaving together their techniques to bring the bags to life.

We start with the experts who carve out wooden blocks intricately by hand, etching out the lines of the Spell logo in exact symmetry and width – and finishing with a perfectly horizontal surface for the dye.

The next group is the block printer – the beauty of their art is in blending the dyes and using multiple techniques to colour the fabrics. For our tote bags, the wooden blocks are dipped in the dye and stamped by hand onto the canvas.

Coming soon: our hand

crafted brass toe caps

The brass toe and heel caps that adorn our soon to be released Sugar Skull boots are individually handcrafted through traditional techniques by an artisan group from a small village in Northern India. Their trade and skills have been passed down from generation to generation. We love the unique detail and individuality they bring to each boot that can only be created with the use of manual machinery and hand finishing.

Eco Packaging

Walk a little

lighter

Our Eco Drawstring Bags are unbleached, organic cotton & reusable. We thank you for choosing to walk a little lighter on this earth.
Please Note: Garments will be shipped in their 100% Bio-degradable Polybags

We moved to 100% Bio-degradable polybags in August 2016. As these bags break down naturally, they can be placed in your compost or organics waste bin. Some older items may still be packaged in our non- bio-degradable polybags. We recommend contacting your local council to find out how to recycle these, as it can vary depending on what facilities they have available.

Looking Forward

We’re excited to have

begun our ethics and

sustainability journey.

We have completed stage one of mapping our supply chain, having worked with independent experts to ensure our factories are meeting strict ethical standards (explore our factory map and accreditations here).

Our attention is now focused on environmental practices, and we’re working with independent sustainability specialists to create a 2020 sustainability vision for the next three years and beyond. We can’t wait to share this with you in the near future.

Remember this is just the beginning for us. Stage 2 of this journey has already begun, so keep your eye out for Walk a Little Lighter, as we chronicle our sustainability journey, as well as bring you some films from on the ground in our factories around the world.