Taking a stand
To put it simply, the great thing about starting your own company, is that you get to decide how you want to do things. Producing a garment at a fair price, with superior fit, quality and construction, and with accessible and friendly customer service are reasons why we started Hugh & Crye. So is responsible sourcing. To us, traditional apparel manufacturing is plagued with unsustainable clothing and manufacturing practices with adverse environmental and social impact. Here's how we're different.
Hugh & Crye takes great care to minimize the environmental and health impact of our shirts for the people who make and wear them. Beyond delivering a beautiful product, our major concern with offshore production was partnering with a manufacturer that didn’t treat their people or environment well. It was (and is) vital that every production partner of ours takes sustainable manufacturing very seriously. The same efforts go into making our shirts easy to wear again and again with minimal care. Here are a few of the things we do to ensure we're doing our part.
Our suppliers--from the mills where we get our fabrics to the manufacturers that make them--are all family owned business that have been doing great work for generations.
All of our cottons are sourced from reputable sellers and are milled without the use of chemicals or additives that are harmful to the environment or the people that make the fabrics or use them. They meet Oeco-Tex 100 standards which indicate that the fabrics contain no harmful substances and are safe to wear. Our mills meet the ISO 14001 standard, indicating a dedication to continually improve the environmental performance.
Our shirts are manufactured in certified clean and safe work environments. You can even check out some pictures of where we get our shirts made our our blog. We are proud of where and how our products are made.
The fabrics themselves all adhere to the Oeko-Tex standard – a certification process to ensure textiles are free from a wide array of harmful chemicals, allergens, heavy metals, pesticides and other nasty substances that you want nowhere near your precious skin. This is good news for the artisans who weave weave our fabrics and the workers in our factory who sew our shirts.
As part of their finishing, all Hugh & Crye shirts undergo a light, environmentally-friendly wash that protects our high thread count fabrics. The wash also makes it easier to iron your shirts on laundry day.
We work with manufacturers that are certified by one or both of the following organizations:
WRAP, Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production - WRAP is a non-profit, actually headquartered right in our backyard in Arlington, VA. WRAP is “dedicated to the certification of lawful, ethical and humane manufacturing”. WRAP certifies under several principles, including: compensation and benefits, hours of work, environment, prohibition of forced labor, and prohibition of child labor.
BSCI - Business Social Compliance Initiative - Headquartered in Brussels, BSCI is focused on improving the working conditions of factories worldwide.