Our Values

Preserving the planet. Protecting the people.

Founded in 2006 by Gosia Piatek, Kowtow is a label committed to creating positive change. We make a conscious decision to only use renewable and sustainable fibres and ethical manufacturing.

29 College Street

OPENING HOURS

Monday to Saturday

10AM – 4PM

Sunday

11AM – 4PM

Fair Trade

All of our cotton is certified by Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO). Fair trade empowers farmers to negotiate with buyers to secure better prices for their cotton. Every season, certified farmer groups receive a premium to be spent on community projects such as medical costs, irrigation schemes for conserving rainwater, books and clothes for school children, farmer education, training and upgrades. We pay this premium on every single cotton garment. For 14 years, we have only ever worked with two manufacturers in India. Over this time, we have built close relationships with them and visit twice a year.

Safe Workplaces

Our manufacturers are SA8000 certified organisations. The SA8000 Standard encourages clothing manufacturers to develop, maintain, and apply socially acceptable practices in the workplace. SA8000 organisations are audited by certification bodies accredited by Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS). SA8000 helps ensure the workers at our production facilities receive the following benefits: guaranteed minimum wage, social security fund, pension fund, paid holiday leave, sick pay, medical insurance, subsidised lunches, overtime pay, workplace unions and free transport to their workplace.

Ethical Treatment of Animals

We source our mohair, alpaca fleece and wool from farmers who commit to the highest grade of animal welfare, environmental care and social responsibility. This includes commitment to no mulesing.

Our collections are made from organic, renewable, and biodegradable fibres. Entirely committed to fair trade production, we design with longevity in mind. All our fabrics are 100% unique to us as we design from the yarn. We determine the weave, weight, stitch, colour and design all our prints in-house for every fabric.

Organic Cotton

All our cotton is certified organic by the National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP). The versatility of organic cotton is the basis of our collections, including our denim, knitwear and Building Blocks.

Tencel

We use Lenzing® tencel, a renewable and biodegradable fibre made using wood pulp from sustainably managed forests.

Regenerated Nylon

Our swimwear is made from ECONYL® regenerated nylon. ECONYL® yarn consists of pre and post-consumer nylon waste material including fishing nets, discarded carpets, plastic components and fabrics scraps to make environmentally friendly swimwear.

Mohair, Aplaca & Wool

All our cotton is certified organic by the National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP). The versatility of organic cotton is the basis of our collections, including our denim, knitwear and Building Blocks.

Environmentally Friendly Dyes & Washes

We use Lenzing® tencel, a renewable and biodegradable fibre made using wood pulp from sustainably managed forests.