Transparency at King & Tuckfield is a top-level priority, therefore traceability as a principle is woven throughout the brand’s sourcing and manufacturing processes. King & Tuckfield sources extra fine Merino Wool from New Zealand; Denim and Linen from Italian small mills; rose stems viscose from Italy; linen and Tencel from the Netherlands. The team continuously audits and visits the 3 factories they work with and only work with mills that guarantee clean techniques and offer small minimum order quantities to avoid overproduction. In terms of manufacturing, King & Tuckfield produces all its garments in responsibly operated facilities in England, which guarantees the brand abides by UK legislation to protect the rights of workers.
King & Tuckfield is proactively working to reduce its carbon footprint and is currently working to create environmental efficiencies along its supply chain. At the design stage, the brand prioritizes creating garments that use as little resource as possible and that will last for as long as possible. During sourcing, King & Tuckfield proactively selects ethically sourced and responsibly produced materials, manufactured without high heat, extreme pressure, or excessive energy, such as merino, Tencel and linen or milk-protein and bamboo buttons and closures. The team prioritises buying from mills that are vertical, allowing for strict QC and minimal waste. Operationally, the brand reduces its footprint wherever possible, working from a small atelier in London and recycling all packaging to ship orders to customers. King & Tuckfield also upcycles leftovers into limited-edition accessories such as garment bags, totes, and packaging material. As advocates of a circular fashion system, King & Tuckfield provides a platform for customers to return purchases should they wish so that they can be passed on to others, therefore extending the life cycle of a garment. In return, they receive a reduction on their next investment.
King & Tuckfield is committed to the protection of all natural resources including waterways. Evidence of this is their use of environmentally efficient denim from Candiani, a champion of sustainable denim production in Europe. Candiani’s yarn is either given an indigo bath with Indigo Juice, which uses 15 percent less water and 15 percent less energy than conventional indigo dyeing methods.
King & Tuckfield uses non-toxic materials which are durable and easy to care for. The brand’s Merino Wool is biodegradable and is produced under strict animal welfare guidelines. This material is sourced from local family farmers in South Island New Zealand, which the team has personally visited and verified to guarantee traceability, accountability and transparency. King & Tuckfield also uses regenerative fabrics containing the waste of rose bushes and stem. The brand gives priority to closed-loop made and printed Tencel over chemically-intensive alternatives. For denim garments, King & Tuckfield uses hard wearing denim from a small Italian mill which is hand-finished by independent weavers. As for prints, designs are neither computer generated nor CAD drawn, but hand painted, digitized and directly printed using 100% eco-efficient ink.
King & Tuckfield has worked with 3 family-owned, responsibly operated factories since its establishment in 2016. The team visits every time they hand over production, maintains a close relationship with owners and provides training opportunities for workers, who earn above minimum wage.
Waste and Chemicals
King & Tuckfield is committed to the reduction of waste generated from its operations. The brand upcycles leftovers into garment bags, totes, and packaging material, and also reuses packaging from factories to ship to the stockists. King & Tuckfield buys the minimum possible quantity, to ensure they sell out of product. They only work with factories that allow them to produce low quantities and mills which offer flexible fabric minimums so the business can be grown organically, and waste is kept to a minimum. In terms of chemicals, all of King & Tuckfield’s factories abide by REACH EU regulation, which provides the legal framework for the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals.
King & Tuckfield is committed to upholding the rights of animals throughout its supply chain. All merino wool used by the brand is sourced under strict animal welfare guidelines.
Biodiversity and Forestry
King & Tuckfield uses Tencel that is made from sustainably sourced wood (PEFC or FSC tree plantations), as well as Rose Viscose fiber, created using the stems of rose bushes. Rose Viscose is smooth, subtly shiny, lightweight, and similar to bamboo in its appearance. The production method involves low heat stems pulping to allow for the extraction of the cellulose and then dissolvement in a solvent with negligible amounts of biodegradable chemicals not harmful to the environment.
The team at King & Tuckfield is proactive at promoting responsible consumption amongst shoppers and has been spearheading in its approach to slow fashion, taking its time to build a meaningful business model based on provenance and integrity, as opposed to hype and irresponsible production. The brand has a strong focus on educating shoppers on the environmental impacts of the fashion industry and the importance of prioritizing circular materials and production methods. King & Tuckfield products are designed efficiently, made to last, and produced in small quantities, which helps in limiting overconsumption. King & Tuckfield produces minimum amount of product that ends up being sold out by the end of the season, and encourages shoppers to return their pre-loved products for resell through the brand’s Hand Me Down program.