Handmade in Melbourne 
Mark

Mark

Making Responsibly, Making Locally


At Char Studio, we work to support a ‘slow fashion’ approach to making garments. We focus on making timeless pieces which are deeply personal and bespoke. We don’t follow fast fashion trends, we create at our own pace and produce pieces which we genuinely feel underlines the studio's ambition.

Produced in small quantities our pieces are one-offs, limited or made to order, this way we reduce excess stock and only make what is needed.We encourage customers to purchase our pieces with the intention of properly wearing and caring for the product, with the hope that it will reject the existence of fast fashion and support more local and sustainable studios.


We strive to minimize our environmental footprint. We design and manufacture locally in Melbourne and source fabric suppliers in Australia. Producing locally means we can support our community by keeping trades alive and be involved throughout the manufacturing process, building sustainable relationships with our suppliers.





Minimising Waste

We are conscious of the amount of waste accumulated during production so we try our best to minimise waste. Where possible, we keep all of our fabric waste and instead of discarding them, we create something new. We offer our ‘Off-Cut’ range where all garments/accessories are made from leftover fabric and other leftover materials are used for experimenting in our sculptural work




Materials

We are conscious of the extensive impact fibres have on our environment. We choose our materials carefully with intention and care, considering not only its environmental impact but also its overall quality and durability.

We focus on using natural fabrics throughout the collection such as Cotton, Hemp and Linen.


Cotton

A natural fibre made from the seedpod of the cotton plant. Well known for its versatility, performance and natural comfort. It has many amazing natural properties such as: moisture control- cotton is breathable and transmits moisture away from the body, insulation- both heat protection and thermal insulation, hypoallergenic- non irritable and very soft on the skin, durability- it has high tensile strength, making the fibre strong and durable.

100% Cotton is biodegradable, which means it breaks down when compost correctly. However there are concerns with the environmental impacts of Cotton with the use of pesticides in the production and the extensive use of water.

Where possible, we choose GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) Organic Cotton as a superior alternative. Reducing environmental footprint as it’s free from fertilizers, pesticides, and other toxic chemicals. It doesn’t damage the soil, has less impact on the air, and uses less water and energy. Choosing organic cotton also means it ensures the farmers are safe and not exposed to toxic chemicals.

Hemp

A natural cellulose fibre of the Cannabis sativa plant species. It is known to be one of the most ecological, strongest and most durable natural textile fibres. It has many incredible natural properties such as: insulation- Hemp provides excellent insulating factors, keeping it cool or warm, durability- it’s eight times stronger than cotton and 25 times more durable, UV protection- Hemp offers great UV protection by blocking up to 95% of the sun rays, hypoallergenic- perfect to wear if skin is irritated easily.

Hemp is biodegradable and a renewable resource. It requires no pesticides, as it’s naturally pest resistant and requires no herbicides, fertilizer or any other chemical treatments.

Linen

A biodegradable cellulose fibre that grows inside of the stalks of the flax plant. It’s a resilient species that can grow in poor soils requiring very little if any fertilizer. It requires less water and energy to produce in comparison to cotton.

Well known for its amazing properties such as its absorbency- Linen can absorb up to 20% of its weight in moisture. This makes the fibre highly desirable for garments as it can pull perspiration off the body. Linen can also increase its tensile strength when wet, durability- it is one of the strongest fibre. When washing linen, it makes it stronger, softer and shinier, breathability- Linen’s type of weave allows airflow throughout the body. It draws in perspiration, which cools the body, and allows heat to pass through. It releases moisture and dries very quickly

Natural Dye

We experiment with natural dyes sourced from food waste such as avocado. Our Picnic Dress is dyed from avocado waste collected from local cafes. We are continuously researching more natural dyeing techniques for coming collections.





Plastic Free Packaging

We are plastic free. Using packaging that is either biodegradable, compostable, recyclable or reusable. Our pieces are wrapped in tissue paper, sealed with either a sticker made from recycled material or Sellotape, a biodegradable tape made from wood pulp. Along with an uncoated thank you card and care instructions swing tag tied with paper twine.

We use compostable courier bags from The Better Packaging Co. Made from

Satchels biodegrade within 190 days (approx. 6 months). The Bags are certified home compostable AS 5810 which includes a worm toxicity test.


We use Sellotape, a biodegradable tape made from regenerated wood pulp for sealing and packaging.


Delivery

We deliver with Sendle, a registered B Corp and Australia’s first 100% carbon neutral delivery service partnering with South Pole. Read more about Sendle’s environmental impact https://try.sendle.com/en-au/impact




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Char Studio acknowledges we live and create on the unceded lands of the people of the Kulin Nation, we pay our respects to the Traditional Custodians.

Melbourne, Australia
About Char Studio is a multi disciplinary Art & Design studio directed towards making socially and environmentally sustainable, bespoke and limited range collections.

Manifest through garments, accessories, ceramic vessels and photography the studio experiments through a variety of mediums and techniques to support an expanded approach to making.

Founder & Designer Charlene Caday