- Established in 2007 by designer Gosia Piatek, Kowtow (pronounced “Ko-Toe”) produce trans-seasonal collections made with 100% certified fair trade organic cotton, as certified by Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO) and National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP)—ensuring the best outcome for the soil, the cotton, the farmers and their families.
- Garments are made at SA80000 certified organisations in both Kolkata and Mumbai, India, ensuring employees are guaranteed a minimum wage and numerous benefits, working in well-lit, spacious and well-ventilated working environments under safe conditions, audited by Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS). More information is outlined openly on the Kowtow website.
- All fabric from lightweight jersey to denim is washed and dyed using Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) approved dyes, free of any hazardous or toxic elements.
- Swimwear is made using ECONYL®—a 100% regenerated nylon fabric derived from discarded ocean fishing nets, discarded carpets, plastic bottles and other plastic components. You can learn more about Kowtow’s sustainable fabric choices on their website.
- Not only is their fabric sustainably sourced, so are Kowtow’s trims, labels, tags and packaging. Other materials are noted for individual products—which includes handmade Italian buttons made with recycled hemp and OEKO-TEX nickel-free buttons made in a SA8000 certified factory in Germany, also coming under the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) and ISO 14000 environmental management standard.