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Increased demand for ethical accreditation
Apr '11
A recent spike in newly accredited companies has seen the Ethical Clothing Australia stable swell to more than 50 accredited brands.

Over the past few months 12 Australian brands have successfully become accredited, representing a diverse cross sector of the Textile Clothing and Footwear industry; fashion apparel, corporate and work wear, sportswear, and manufacturing, including the first of now three footwear brands.

Oliver Footwear, one of Australia's leading safety footwear manufacturers, owes its humble beginnings to the goldfields of Ballarat Victoria in the mid 1800s. When company founder James Oliver's quest for the elusive nuggets of gold was deemed unsuccessful, he returned to his original trade of boot making which he had learned in the United Kingdom.

It's with this same entrepreneurial streak that fourth generation descendant of the founder of Oliver Footwear, Andrew Oliver, leads a dedicated team of employees that focus on product research and development in order to address the needs and demands of tough workplace safety environments. The footwear company is committed to an ongoing investment in keeping up with world's best practice, and they can now add Ethical Clothing Australia to their list of credentials.

Newly accredited work wear label of a different kind, Tate & Lawson, offers professional women the next best thing to a tailor made business shirt at an affordable price.

As a direct result of their own frustration in trying to find a business shirt designed to fit real women, directors Laura Bird and Jaymie Cross created the brand to provide women with affordable, high quality business shirts, available in both regular and larger bust styles, and made from a wide selection of stylish European fabrics.

For Laura and Jaymie, the decision to pursue Ethical Clothing Australia accreditation was one that required no hesitation. “We were adamant that we would keep production here in Australia in order to support the local industry. In doing so, it was imperative that we worked with an Ethical Clothing Australia compliant maker so we could ensure those workers producing our garments were being provided with fair working conditions,” Jaymie said.

Melbourne based designer Nathan Lodge, of Nathanpaul swimwear, was driven to pursue accreditation as a means to support local production. The high fashion swimwear label is designed and produced locally, with its first menswear collection making its debut in 2009.

“Having accreditation with Ethical Clothing Australia enables my consumers to know they are contributing to an industry that needs the people of Australia more than ever,” Nathan said.

“If we consistently send production off shore, we are consistently taking away a piece of our industry one step at a time. Australian swimwear leads the world in design and functionality, therefore it is my intention to remain committed to local design and production.”

Brands and manufacturers to have recently become Ethical Clothing Australia accredited include:

• A Plus Schoolwear
• Ambassador Clothing Co
• Baxter & Co
• Elegant Knitting
• Elliot Australia
• Fixed Race
• Fraser & Hughes
• Gideon Shoes
• Nathanpaul swimwear
• Oliver Footwear
• Silver Fleece
• Tate & Lawson

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