At Lara, we subscribe to the triple bottom line framework - accounting for profit, people and the planet. Success, to us, is making these three elements co-exist.
Did you know that large brands and factories send millions of tonnes of unused textiles to landfill every year? We believe the most sustainable fabric choice is using material that already exists. We work with a UK supplier that buys surplus luxury lingerie fabrics from around the world and brings them back to a warehouse in England. These textiles are always in perfect, unused condition that would have otherwise gone to landfill. Occasionally, our supplier will receive an awkward colour, think neon green, and have the fabric dyed black by a British dyehouse. We’re really proud that all Lara garments are made from beautiful fabrics that reduce environmental impact and textile waste.
Bras often have 15 pieces or more. Fabric, elastics, hooks and eyes, gold rings, slides and straps. Getting every component to match perfectly and be sourced responsibly is one of our biggest challenges at Lara. Our hooks and eyes and gold hardware comes from the same luxury surplus supplier as our fabrics. Elastics, strapping, underbands and bindings are made and dyed by a responsible British manufacturer. They keep very little stock of their elastics to reduce stock waste. When we need hot pink, for example, they dye everything in one large batch to our exact colour specifications. This helps us maintain a perfect colour match on all our garments while also building a relationship with a supplier close to home.