Komodo is a UK original ethical fashion brand, since 1988. It is dedicated to creating sustainable clothes without a negative impact on the environment. The brand uses organic cotton, hemp, bamboo, tencel and other natural fibres in their garments.
Komodo company grew out of an epic travel adventure done by the founder’s sister, Mark Bloom also known as Joe Komodo, back in 1988. Inspired by a box of clothes that she sent him from her travels in Bali, Mark set up the label in north London. The music festival scene of the late 80s and early 90s was also key to Komodo’s inception. Mark Bloom says : “It was the early days of acid house, and I had a market shop in Islington and a big circle of mates. Komodo really flew in on the back of the magic carpet that was the house music scene. Back in the 80s we had no world wide web – just the fax machine! The consumers we met back then came to see us at Glastonbury or Womad, or at The Clothes Show Live, or London Fashion Weekend. They were amazing events and people loved to come along and engage with us and try out new styles. Now the focus has swung to online, but I think that over time consumers will miss the contact with brands – we certainly miss them.” From its inception Komodo used organic cotton, hemp, bamboo, tencel and other natural fibres in their garments.
Today, the brand is considered an important example of the UK’s ethical fashion scene. In comparison with the small-scale businesses that comprise much of the sustainable clothing industry, Komodo is a major player with a multinational supply chain, trading with factories in Nepal, Indonesia, China and Turkey.
Developments for 2019 include plans to introduce waterproof Tencel and expand Komodo’s vegan knitwear line. Komodo also plans to open their first European flagship store in Hamburg, Germany at the end of the month (31st October 2019).
Komodo uses premium quality organic, natural and eco fibres and is also researching innovative fabrics such as green PU coating and recycled PET, from plastic bottles. Most of their products are vegan and all are cruelty free. They are committed to reducing single use plastic in their supply chain to zero. Komodo is GOTS certified and a member of the soil association.
The brand works closely with their factories to ensure the clothes are produced in a safe working environment where all workers are guaranteed a fair wage. They mostly operate with partners in Kathmandu and Java in family run factories, and a solar-powered knitwear factory in Nepal. The brand is involved with local communities and supports local important social projects. It also donates to charities like the Orangutan Sumatran Society, the Tibet Relief Fund, the Sunrise Orphanage in Kathmandu and is part of the 1% for the Planet initiative.
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