Embassy of Bricks and Logs is on a mission to create quality outerwear with a contemporary fashion appeal, deeply rooted in streetwear culture.
But we want to do it right.
Longevity through Quality & Design
As a brand, Embassy of Bricks and Logs is taking a stand against the apalling practices in today‘s fashion industry while maintaining an uncompromising quality standard – creating pieces that are sustainable through outstanding craftsmanship and longevity first.
By designing quality, every-day-favorite pieces with cuts and colors that are more than just the fad of the season, Embassy coats are engineered to have an extended life-span, making them slow-fashion by definition (a counter-concept to the overproduction of the big fair fashion players).
For the Embassy, it’s important that beautiful items are made beautifully, too. Fair labor conditions and safe working conditions are a must!
Items made by the Embassy are designed in Germany and proudly manufactured in China. The team makes it a point to work with smaller production partners, in need of the business, and keen to grow together – while maintaining a friendly, even familial vibe. We only work with partners who can guarantee good working conditions for their employees.
We‘re visiting our partners regularly to assure high ethical standards, a good approach to working conditions and fair payment of the garment workers. This being said, it’s entirely possible that some things we find might not be yet up to the standards we’re hoping for – which we prefer to then look at as a chance for our manufacturers and us to learn from and get better by together. We’re working on establishing long term working relationship with them, creating stable business opportunities, longevity and sustainable planning for them and are asking for more sustainable materials etc in return.
Due to the small-business-approach, Embassy is able to ensure that every production step is done in-house: No outsourcing, no sub–contracting.
That being said, it’s one of the main goals here at the Embassy to get certified through the whole production chain by working with third-party stakeholders to assure the well-being of every woman and man working on Embassy garments.
Embassy of Bricks and Logs is a vegan company. For us, sustainability starts and ends with taking a wholesome approach, including every living being along our supply chain – this includes animals and therefore animal-derived products. It is a matter of animal rights and ethics first, but the impact on animal-derived products have on the environment is another big factor. After all, animal agriculture is the second highest source of greenhouse gas emissions and has a huge impact on deforestation, ocean dead zones, acidic soil, world hunger… the list goes on.
We‘re working closely with non-profit organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to make sure the whole collection is PETA-approved vegan and proudly so.
Most of our fabric suppliers are from South-Korea. South-Korea is a highly developed country and offers the best fabrics in the textile industry of the Far East, comparable to what Italy means to Europe. Our materials are bought from manufacturers that are mostly certificated (eco-tex or blue sign), such as YKK, Thermore and others.
Fillings & Padding
For our padding, we use faux down fillings and paddings. In this area of expertise, we‘re constantly doing research, talking to new suppliers and trying to find new angles. The sustainable market has become a very dynamic one and so we‘re on the lookout for new, exciting finds always. We understand it as part of the brand‘s DNA to find the best solution for each item we create.
For example, we just developed our very own filling material together with our manufacturer in China and called it E100. It’s a faux-down material made from recycled PET-bottles from the world‘s oceans.
The mesh-lining in Embassy coats is eco-tex certified. Other linings are made of 100% recycled polyester.
Our jersey materials (sweatshirts, t-shirts & longsleeves) are made of 100% fairtrade organic cotton (GOTS certified) and in a Fairwear-certified production site in.
Uppers & Shells
Some (but not all) of the outer shells are blue sign certified and we’re always working on finding more sustainable alternatives. The newest development here is that come Fall/Winter 2020, we’ll be able to source a 100% recycling version of our most used upper fabric but with the same quality, look and feel like the non-recycled version we’ve been using before. This is a huge step forward for us!
The faux-fur used in Embassy products is commonly sourced as of now, as the look and feel of recycled materials isn‘t up to the quality standards we‘ve set for ourselves. We are, however, always searching for recycling-based or otherwise eco-friendly alternatives.
We only use high quality zippers by YKK which are blue sign certified. All accessories (press buttons, zipper pullers, eyelets and so on) are bluesign certified products as well.
Packaging & Shipping
When it comes to packaging our products, we‘re still searching for good ways to minimize plastic waste, but are not yet satisfied. Meanwhile, the boxes used for shipping, all packaging for our webshop and accompanying postcards and envelopes are made of 100% recycled materials. We ship carbon-neutral.
Our website and shop run on servers powered by renewable energy sources.
Same goes for the electricity used in the office spaces in Essen, Germany. And yes, we recycle, obvi.
The go-to solution against odor, mold and bacteria in textile production is the silica gel packet. Unfortunately, it is not exactly friendly to the environment. so instead, we looked for a solution that implements the functionality of a silica gel into our hangtags, which now create a protective environment around or garments while they‘re shipped. All extracts used for the making of these hangtags are natural, plant based, food safe and environmentally friendly.
Yes, above all else, we want to keep offering some of the best jackets out there – but we want to, step by step, replace commonly sourced materials through more sustainable options as soon as they get available.
- We aim for 80% of the overall production run to be made of recycled and/or organic materials for our Fall/Winter 2020 collection. With a newly sourced upper material, we’re closer to this goal than we hoped for at this point, so yay!
- We want to make the final goal of putting out a collection made from 100% sustainable materials a reality by 2023.
- We want to establish other third-party certifications in addition to the PETA-certificate we already hold (Fair Wear, Fairtrade) until 2025.
We’re not perfect, and we don’t claim to be. But we’d love to take you with us on our journey towards a more sustainable future in fashion. We’re on our way and we would very much like for you to join us!
If any additional questions occur, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.