Read our interview with Sometimes Sundays' designer and founder, Berit Schneemann, here.
Sometimes Sundays is a conscious slow-fashion brand born out of the desire to support artisan communities in developing countries and bring positive change to the fashion industry by producing fairly and ethically.
Sometimes Sundays proudly create half of their fabrics in collaboration with local artisans in rural Cambodia. The other half is made from deadstock recycled fabrics. All fabrics are then made into beautiful garments at their small manufacturer Fairsew in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
With a mission to preserve ancient traditions and techniques to reduce the impact made on the environment by recycling fabrics, the team at Sometimes Sundays create unique and ethically made products. They care about the people behind the clothes, while the transparency of their production chain is key to retaining integrity.
Sometimes Sundays are by no means perfect and will continue to look for further avenues to create clothing as sustainably and ethically as possible. They encourage you to join them on this journey as they embrace "slow fashion" and we'd like to pass on their thanks for your support to help protect our planet and people and make a difference to women around the world!
Sometimes Sundays garments are made with kindness and care for the planet and people in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, by the wonderful women at Fairsew. They are a small manufacturing studio that treats its employees fairly by providing them with a living wage, educational training, a safe working environment and an overall happy workplace. They are also giving staff opportunities for further learning and development, Maternity Leave and Medical Insurance and they get as many paid holidays as Australia - these things may sound small, but they are unheard of in most factories in Cambodia.
Unlike regular cotton, Organic Cotton is completely handpicked, preserving the purity of the fibre and making sure no fibres are damaged in the process, resulting in much softer and more durable products. Organic cotton is made from natural seeds. There are no pesticides or other harmful chemicals used. Bugs are controlled with insects that kill the pests. This results in organic cotton products being much safer for the skin.
Deadstock or remnant fabrics are fabrics that are left over by big fashion houses and factories who overestimated their needs or simply do not want to use a certain colour or a certain print any more. Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh is surrounded by a huge number of big garment factories. Normally the brands or factories will hold on to these excess fabrics for a few more seasons and then eventually send them to landfill. The team at Sometimes Sundays think that this is a crazy waste, rescuing these fabrics before they end up in landfill and making beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces out of them.
Sometimes Sundays signature organic cotton fabrics are handwoven in the Takeo Province of Cambodia where they work with Color Silk – a social enterprise thriving to prevent the ancient Cambodian weaving tradition from vanishing. Color Silk empowers over 500 women living in rural areas and contributes to their financial independence and economic development.
The artisans Sometimes Sundays work with can work from home, so they can make an income to support their families while looking after their kids. The Sometimes Sundays team empower women living in rural areas and contribute to their financial independence and economic development.
BETTER FOR THE PLANET
Sometimes Sundays do their best to integrate biodegradable and recyclable materials in all aspects of our production. From labels to packaging, they opt for a greener solution. Sometimes Sundays do what they can to be plastic-free and are always looking for ways to be more sustainable in the future.
+ Australian designed
All Sometimes Sundays products are designed in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and ethically made in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
+ Sustainable and zero-waste
Sometimes Sundays are committed to zero-waste production. They use deadstock fabrics throughout their made to order collections, while all off-cuts are repurposed into scrunchies and pillow fillings.
Sometimes Sundays produce every product in a safe and transparent way. Collections are made ethically by either Farisew in Cambodia or in their studio in Melbourne.
+ Eco-friendly fabrics
All Sometimes Sundays garments are made from either organic cotton or deadstock fabric.
No animals have been harmed in the process of textile production or manufacturing. No Animal textiles or animal by-products are used throughout our collections.
You can ask the Sometimes Sundays team anything you want about their supply chain, practices and manufacturing processes.
+ Social Enterprise
Sometimes Sundays collections continue to utilise the artisan craft of land looming to create their collections, keeping this traditional technique alive in the textile industry.
Sometimes Sundays use deadstock fabrics throughout the Sometimes Sundays range.
Sometimes Sundays is designed in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and ethically made in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
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