All the garments are made by Neil Aslan in the UK. Neil is a small-scale manufacturer
and tailor. He used to employ large numbers, specialising in tailored garments
such as coats but had to close down in the 1990s when outsourcing made his
customers put pressure on him to reduce his prices.
At the same time labour costs were increasing. It’s the story of
many in the UK and the skills are at risk. A real asset, Neil can spot a
problem with an armhole or collar and really cares about quality so the
tweed is in a safe pair of hands.
Eloise Grey uses cotton in the jackets and a satin viscose in the coats. The blue cotton is organic & fair trade, hand
loomed in India and dyed with natural dyes. The sleeves need something
slippery to help the arm through effortlessly and Eloise Grey uses high quality
Italian bemberg acetate.
The satin viscose in the coats is an aubergine colour with a heavy luxurious feel. There is some stock still in a hemp/silk mix lining but this is being phased out.
The tweeds use buttons made from genuine horn or henna-dyed bone which is all waste product from the agricultural industry.
The blouses, trousers and skirts use tagua nut buttons from a socially concious supplier from Colombia.