we passionately believe in made in australia - it promotes local industry, minimises our carbon footprint and we know our makers are being paid fair wages, treated with respect. being able to visit and work alongside our makers on a daily basis brings us great pride.
local production allows us to ensure a very high level of supply chain transparency while supporting and helping to preserve the fashion industry in this country. we also work with wonderful craftspeople and fabric experts in japan and italy. we deal with them directly, and in person. we’re not communicating, via third parties, with people we’ve never met in places we’ve never been.
we are proud supporters of local manufacturing. more than 90% of our collections are cut and sewn in sydney, and we knit our organic cotton jersey in melbourne. our denim is produced by a small family-run factory in kojima, japan, which we visit regularly. we also work with artisanal fabric producers in tuscany. our makers and suppliers are like family and their expertise is integral to our design process.
fair and ethical workplaces
all of our tier one (garment manufacturing factories) and major tier two suppliers (fabric and yarn) have signed our code of conduct, committing to uphold our fair and ethical workplace standards. each of these suppliers has also been personally visited, inspected and audited by the bassike team to ensure they meet our code of conduct regulations including fair labour conditions, workplace health and safety, and environmental impact.
code of conduct
we respect the people who make our clothes and textiles, and we care about environmental stewardship.
our supplier code of conduct sets out the minimum level of standards suppliers must meet and maintain in relation to human rights, workplace relations, occupational health and safety, ethical business practices and environmental management. the code is based on international regulations set by the international labour organisation (ilo), the united nation’s universal declaration of human rights and the eti labour base code.
we also require compliance with the reach protocol on chemicals and their safe use, and we’ve banned azo dyes and all chemicals on the restricted substance list. we are stringent in our requirement that all suppliers must treat animals humanely. this includes minimising any harm, stress or pain to animals. we proactively seek to source raw materials from suppliers with the highest ethical animal welfare practices.
as a part of the communities we live and work in, giving back is important to us. we have a longstanding partnership with the mirabel foundation, an australian founded charity that works with children whose families have been affected by drug abuse. every christmas, bassike creates a t-shirt in support of mirabel’s work, donating 100% of proceeds from its sale to the foundation.
northern beaches women’s shelter
on international women’s day 2019, we announced a new partnership with the northern beaches women’s shelter. together with a number of sponsors in an on-going partnership, we’re raising funds and awareness for the life-changing services this organisation offers women in our community.
my friend’s place
we opened our first us store in los angeles in 2015, we’ve since collaborated with a local non-profit centre for homeless kids called my friend’s place. the centre aims to assist and inspire young people in LA county who end up on the streets, helping them to build self-sufficient lives. one of their projects is 'freeway', a zine produced by the kids of my friend’s place, which we partnered with in 2018 ensuring all proceeds from the freeway x bassike t-shirt, prints and freeway 2 zine directly benefited my friend’s place.