Our goal at Gaia Conceptions is to offer customizable organic clothing rooted in sustainability and great design.
We are a label born out of a deep desire to make the most eco friendly clothing possible. Created in 2003 our founder, Andrea, set out to see just how sustainable clothing could be. This meant looking at every step in the life span of a garment. It’s a curricular way of thinking rather then liner with regeneration as the ultimate goal.
Often similar to the Slow Foods Movement, Slow Clothing focuses on fair trade organic and regenerative raw materials, a mindful and sustainble supply of energy, artisan quality production, designing long lasting versatile garments, and thinking about where the production waste and the garment ends up.
In order to keep our production just as sustainable as our materials almost all garments created at the Gaia Studio are Made-to-Order. We place all the orders we receive in a given week into a production plan. Then over the next 2 weeks we make all of the garments in that production plan – they move through the studio getting cut, sewn, dyed, inspected, and packed up and shipped out as a group. Because we don’t cut into fabric and produce a garment until it’s ordered, we are not expending precious material and human energy until another human has said they want and will use the object. Our in house made-to-order method of production is fundamental to our dedication to Gaia and sets us apart from other factory produced sustainable fashion brands.
While organic materials and made-to-order production are obvious choices for a company founded in sustainability the garment design also play a roll. We strive to create comfortable, highly versatile, and long-lasting garments. We focus on classic silhouettes that are still modern, while allowing customer customization options that help you tweak our basic designs to suite your specific needs. Our hope is through collaboration we can make a garment you will love and cherish until it is added to the compost or turned into something else.
We also find creative ways to turn our fabric scraps into One of a Kind Garments, gifts, or sheet mulching in our community garden. Any left over scraps are sent to Material Return to be recycled into usable fabric yardage.
While our company is rooted in making products the sustainable way, we also want to run our business in sustainable ways. For us this is embodied by creating a beautiful and healthy studio environment and allowing space for self care. Our company culture includes collaborations and donations that support intersectional environmentalism, social justice, and our local farms. We also partner with and support other artisanal makers for the fabrics used in our Organic Handweave Garments and our Organic Natural Dyed Blockprint Garments.