Regarding our packaging, we hope you enjoy the “you are a work of art” message in our wash tags, a special note for you, each time you put on a garment. Our hang tags that showcase our Mission are 100% recyclable. Our mailers are 100% recyclable, and our poly bags are made of 100% recycled materials, and are recyclable as well.
We start with fabric, focusing on the quality and feel, environmental impact and durability. Whenever possible, we choose materials with the lowest environmental impact—using primarily natural fibers that still enable an affordable price point.
Our desire is to produce timeless and chic pieces that respect people above all, as well as the planet. Currently, our collection is 47% sustainable. We’re off to a good start and can’t wait to grow more into the brand we desire to be.
Our home décor items are currently made by talented makers in the United States and Europe. As we grow, we will be creating our home décor goods through strategic maker collaborations.
Currently, we are producing our items in China, benefiting from their beautiful craftsmanship, technical expertise, and large textile industries. While we understand certain stigmas around production in China, we want to be clear about our choices of factories, and why.
Not all factories in China are the same. Some below American or European standards, and others are extremely well maintained and managed, boasting some of the highest craftsmanship in the world. The truth is, there are good and bad factories all over the world, even in downtown Los Angeles where we are based. What matters most to us is the quality, not the location. At Darling, we’ve always placed a high value on people-first, so are committed to only working with high-quality factories that are monitored and inspected at a minimum yearly and sometimes multiple times a year. It’s important to note that all of our factories are monitored by third party audits.
We have a certain code of ethics that we align with, therefore, these third-party audits ensure that everyone who makes our clothing has proper working conditions, reasonable working hours, hygiene, and safety. All of our factories have a zero-tolerance policy regarding any child labor, forced or clandestine labor. We know all these elements are important to you as customers, and it’s important to us as well.
As Darling continues to grow, we will be continuously evaluating our production practices, locations and processes to maintain high integrity in all we create.
Our Production Mangagement
Shirley is the manager of our production overseas, a Chinese woman who has lived in both China and the United States in her 30 years of production experience. She is passionate about ethical production and values relationships first and foremost. She is our liason between Darling and all our sample sewers and final production sewers. She is knowledgeable about the country, the culture and all best practices with production. Her son, James, is passionate about sustainability and sits on panels in China as an advocate for sustainability and pushing for new and better fabrics for the planet. James is responsible for sending Darling new fabrics and helping us push for both quality and sustainable fabrics whenever possible with our designs.
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