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 organic fair trade materials, a mindful supply of energy, artisan quality goods and services, 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. At any given moment, our team will be working on two or three production plans – one batch is in cutting, one in sewing, one in dyeing and fulfillment then getting ready for pickup. Each production plan is totally unique, containing only the garments you all have ordered.

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.

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 have found creative ways to turn our scrap fabrics into Zero Waste and One of a Kind garments and make free gifts that get included with your order.

Organic Material

The first step was to only use certified organic fabrics that are produced either locally (North Carolina, USA) or through fair trade practices abroad. We also made sure our dyes are as eco-friendly as possible often passing on certain colors because they didn’t meet our standards. A mixture of natural dyes and low impact fiber reactive dye color options is currently the most eco-friendly option. We are always experimenting with new techniques and researching new possibilities.

Artisan Quality Goods & Services

Gaia Conceptions team of Artisans cuts, sews, and dyes each garment by hand at our studio in beautiful North Carolina based on your unique choices. This gives us the opportunity to keep quality craftsmanship in every piece we make. We love giving the client the ability to build a more custom garment. We use the Lean or Made to Order method of production. Meaning that we make your garment for you upon order. Eliminating unwanted stock is just one of the ways we reduce our environmental impact. The Made To Order method produces less waste, uses less energy, and is over all a more sustainable system.

Meet the Makers

Cindy

Shipping and Handling

Ann

Sewer, Cutter, Dyer, Pattern Maker

Andrea

Founder & Designer

Kate

Sewer

Cynthia

Cutter and Sewer

Kara

Cutter and Sewer