When launching Fabrik, designer Sarah Hardie had a set of priorities that she was determined to adhere to. “I wanted to created a beautiful, feminine range of clothes and accessories from a range of natural fibres; cotton, supima, muslin...and I wanted them to be made by a group of seamstresses that were well paid and actually enjoyed their work.”
Of course, when launching a fashion label, budget is always at the forefront of the mind. But while Sarah knew that there were cheaper ways of getting her designs manufactured, she chose instead to seek a sustainable studio in Bali. Beyond the tourist hub of Kuta and its nearby beaches is a deeply spiritual country that values art and creativity and its here that she discovered the ideal manufacturing studio.
Fabrik’s textile factory employs and trains men and women from the local area. “The Balinese are Hindu and therefore their religion is an integral part of their day-to-day life. There are many celebrations throughout the year and we always allow our employees to take these days off so they can be with their families. When we’re particularly busy we offer them paid overtime but there is never any expectation that they have to do it - it’s always their choice,” says Sarah.
Fabrik’s Balinese studio is an integral part of the business and Sarah is proud of the talented team she works with.