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THE PROS:

Simulacra’s garments are produced in NYC off 8th Ave in the Garment District. The brand reports that it has a close relationship with its 3 person pattern-making, sample making, and sewing team, working closely in their workspace to ensure not only quality products but ethical practices. Simulacra states that the team is small and works within reasonable space and time structures.

Simulacra fabrics include recycled polyester, organic cotton, and bamboo viscose (manufactured using a closed-loop system). The brand hopes to include recycled nylon on its list.

5% of the purchase price is donated to selected NY local non-profits. Customers can choose which organisation the money goes to. These organisations include: City Harvest, The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), Edible Schoolyard NYC, Exhale to Inhale.

THE CONS:

The brand does not share any goals regarding how it is working to improve environmental and social conditions in its supply chain. Do you know of any?

We don’t have any information on if the brand has measured its greenhouse gas emissions for its supply chain.

The brand does not have a product take back recycling program.

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/ The brand retails online.

/ The size of production includes 10 styles currently with limited inventory of each style.

/ Simulacra sources from one fabric supplier, one hardware supplier, and one garment manufacturer. The brand states that it plans to expand and source from more suppliers.

/ The brand states that it has made approximately 3,000 garments in the last year.

/ Simulacra reports that its products are designed to last through season for many years.

/ Simulacra sources materials from Montreal, and the fibers are sourced from India, China, and the USA.

/ Simulacra has developed a relationship with the textile company it sources its materials from in Canada and reports that it has visited the facilities and maintains open communication about transparency.

/ The brand is currently looking into recycled nylon fabric manufactured in LA.

/ Simulacra’s garments are produced in NYC off 8th Ave in the Garment District. The brand reports that it has a close relationship with its 3 person pattern-making, sample making, and sewing team, working closely in their workspace to ensure not only quality products but ethical practices. Simulacra states that the team is small and works within reasonable space and time structures.

/ Simulacra reports that it will share the names and addresses of its suppliers on request.

/ Simulacra’s garments are produced in NYC off 8th Ave in the Garment District. The brand reports that it has a close relationship with its 3 person pattern-making, sample making, and sewing team, working closely in their workspace to ensure not only quality products but ethical practices. Simulacra states that the team is small and works within reasonable space and time structures..

/ Simulacra reports that it has a close working relationship with the garment manufacturers it works with. The manufacturers are located locally and the brand visits the factory.

/ Simulacra states that it chooses its suppliers based on proximity to the brand and whether or not they use sustainable materials.

/ The brand states that since it is a relatively small business at this time, it does not have a code of conduct yet.

/ Simulacra does not audit its suppliers.

/ Simulacra fabrics include recycled polyester, organic cotton, and bamboo viscose (manufactured using a closed-loop system). The brand hopes to include recycled nylon on its list.

/ Simulacra’s shipping materials are recycled.

/ The cotton the brand uses is grown and spun in India and is GOTS certified.

/ The bamboo the brand uses is grown and processed in a closed-loop system from China.

/ The polyester the brand uses is recycled from the USA.

/ In the future, Simulacra intends to move away from using cotton to reduce its water use.

/ In the future, Simulacra intends to investigate different dye processes that reduce water use.

/ Simulacra’s founder volunteers with organizations in the brand’s local area. In the future, the brand hopes to pay its employees for volunteer hours spent working in areas of interest.

 

/ Simulacra’s founder volunteers with organizations in the brand’s local area. In the future, the brand hopes to pay its employees for volunteer hours spent working in areas of interest.

/ A portion of the brand’s profits goes towards selected NY local non-profits. Customers can choose which organisation the money goes to. These organisations include: City Harvest, The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), Edible Schoolyard NYC, Exhale to Inhale.

 

/ Simulacra is lead by Christine Yao. The vision includes creating an overall sense of community with values that include sustainability, creativity, and connectivity.

/ We don’t have any information on how much the CEO, Christine Yao, made in the last financial year.

/ There are no reported management scandals or issues.

 

/ Simulacra has not reported investing in any sustainability related innovations.

 

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“Simulacra works to invest in an article’s intrinsic functionality and aesthetic value and not just the current trends.” – 07/2016


 

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“Our direct-to-consumer model allows us to use quality, sustainable materials and domestically manufacture while keeping costs competitive.”

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