Ethics & Sustainability

Our Values

As a sustainable fashion brand we love to design and create modern and timeless fashion that is affordable, versatile, and functional for every woman, every season, every day.

But as a fashion brand we are also aware of the detrimental impact that the fashion and textile industry have on the planet with a reported estimated one tenth of the contribution to the global greenhouse gas emission according to the 2019 World Bank Report.

Due to these factors it’s important that we follow the slow fashion practices that centre around quality over quantity, so that we do not add to the environmental impact negatively. Our practices consist of a "made to order" system where the customer has 100% creative freedom to choose their fabric option and individual garment which is then made for them. We also offer small batch manufacturing for wholesale purchases where the customer can choose a colour palette and from a range of one-of-a-kind vintage fabrics. 

Reducing our waste as a fashion brand is also really important to us and therefore the scraps are made into scrunchies, hair ties, pocket squares for the organic tees in the Basics Collection and lastly yoga bolsters which are sold locally (If you would like to purchase one connect with us via the contact form). 

Our Fabrics

At Desert Lily Vintage, we are passionate about circular fashion economy and closing the fashion loop with a focus on cruelty free materials combined with a zero waste philosophy.

Our vintage cottons are responsibly sourced form Op Shops and second-hand sellers in the form of genuine vintage bed linen from around Queensland, Australia. It is our belief that we can have the largest impact within the fashion space by utilising materials that are already in circulation to be reimagined into our signature styles. All of the second-hand vintage bed linen are washed using a natural laundry detergent from The Dirt Company and air dried before they are ready for the cutting table.

Our high-quality neutral linens are sourced from The Fabric Store in Brisbane, QLD with a focus on remanent and dead stock to reduce our ecological footprint even further.  

Our organic T-shirts are made of soft organic GOTS, Fair Wear Foundation and PETA Approved Vegan certified cotton and manufactured ethically. We have sourced them for you from Organic Tees a wholesaler in Mullumbimby, NSW.

Sewing accessories like threads, garment labels and elastics etc. are sourced though M.Rech a long standing go-to accessory supplier for the Australian fashion industry since establishment in the 1950's. 

Packaging

As a sustainable brand we want to cut out all the unnecessary brand packaging and plastic. Therefore, all of your garments are wrapped with tissue paper and placed within a 100% plant-based biodegradable compostable mailers (don't worry we have still kept the special gift inside each purchase).

The Studio

From the design concept – pattern development and manufacturing each piece from the Desert Lily Vintage collection is produced by the designer in house within our Innes Park studio located in Bundaberg, QLD. As the label grows and future sewist's are employed locally we commit to paying staff above the legal living wage to support team members with current and future economic pressures. 

The Studio