MEY factory visit, Stuttgartt

THIS is what REAL sustainability in the fashion industry looks like.

I was recently invited to visit the Mey factory in Stuttgart to learn about their ethos, production processes and the passion this third generation family business established in 1928 has for quality and the environment. It was both inspiring and humbling to see and most definitely made me consider my own purchases.

Mey are end to end of the entire process from sourcing cotton from farms in Peru for import to manufacturing their own machinery, the cutting, sewing, dying and packing process all takes place in Germany. The passion all of the staff and management have for the brand was joyful to see.

I talk a lot to brands and suppliers about sustainability but sometimes it can still feel like a bit of a buzzword on the High Street. We agree that most of the time we like to say that we are making environmentally friendly choices when we purchase new clothing but (I include myself) then pop in to a fast fashion retailer because it’s cheaper or a high fashion piece for today or buy online from theses outlets to save time and for convenience.

I wish two things. Firstly everyone could see how passionate about their product this company is and how they excel and secondly that we had a wider garment manufacturing industry in the UK.

In the meantime I would invite you to the boutique to see the selection of Mey pieces I have in stock which is mainly layering vests, briefs and sleep sets for now however I intend to work with the brand and build the ranges I have in store and shortly have a full collection from this most wonderful brand.

Emily X