We serve a growing audience who are conscious of what they buy and who understand that behind every product is a story. We know our makers and we know our materials. We source our premium organic and sustainable textiles from Ecuador, London, Liverpool, Kerala and mainland Europe and are proud of the community we are a part of and contribute to. Read on to discover more about our global journey.
Our panamas are handwoven in Ecuador by local artisans from carludovica palmata (also known as toquilla straw). The plant is grown organically in a community-owned plantation before being harvested and prepared for weaving.
It takes many, many hours to weave a single Panama hat, depending on the fineness of the weave (some can in fact take up to 6 months). It is a true artisanal craft, requiring great skill. We don’t haggle over price. You can find cheaper straw hats on the high street easily, but you won’t know where they were woven, or by whom, and under what conditions. Our Panama hats are certified Fairtrade - as they should be.
Our soft city caps are sewn in the creative hub of Liverpool by a traditional, long-standing hat manufacturer. Each cap is cut and sewn from premium organic and limited-run fabrics. We don’t use any plastic; the peak inserts for our caps are made from fully biodegradable wood pulp.
Our Petersham ribbon is produced by a family-owned and run millinery business based in Luton, just north of London. Of course, London is also the hub of KINDERWILDER HQ!
The organic denim we use for a number of our caps comes from Kerala, India. Like all our organic fabrics it is GOTS certified. It’s made in small batches by a family-owned business who employ handlooms and small power looms to weave the fibres. The children can run amongst the cotton. Since it is grown organically the fields are free of chemicals and pesticides.
We work with a selection of businesses who specialise in premium organic and sustainable textiles. We source from Berlin, The Netherlands and Portugal.