Eco-friendly. Fair Trade. Natural.
In the founder's words:
"As soon as I walked through the door of the women's cooperative in Mumbai I realised my idea of creating a more sustainable clothing company was going to be possible.
Inspired by the things that matter to me most - my love of the outdoors, simple, family pleasures and my home in Northern Spain, I sat down to sketch my first bibico collection.
But our story really started a year before when me and my husband Tim had a taken a holiday in a small farmhouse in Menorca, Spain. I had been designing for major high st clothing brands for over 10 years and had become disillusioned by the industry how it had changed in 10 years from producing 4 collections per year to churning out new collections every week. The clothes were cheaper but the quality was worse and there was no consideration for the people producing these clothes.
It was time for a change.
There in that farmhouse in Menorca we made a decision to create our own clothing company. A company with a slower “back to basics” approach to fashion focused on creating clothes that were timeless and well made and rejecting the idea of fast fashion.
We committed ourselves to working with producers we knew well and that looked after the people who worked for them. I visited a number of suppliers before finding the women's cooperative in Mumbai, most of which I didn't feel had the same values and visions as I had for Bibico. I had almost given up, but then I found a women's cooperative run by a Spanish nun who moved there in the 1950's. I was so inspired by their story and commitment to running a social enterprise, so they became Bibico's first supplier!
I have been working with two women's cooperatives since the company started in 2008. They are both fair trade certified by the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) and provide women with training, education and work; empowering them to move themselves and their children forward and out of the world of poverty. One of the cooperatives is based in India. It has grown significantly over the past decade and now provides work for more than 270 women each year. I visit this coop once or twice a year to meet the women working there, and to re-inspire myself to challenge the way most retailers produce their apparel, and to continue to offer something better.
Today bibico creates easy to wear, fuss free and well made clothing."
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