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Ethical Sourcing

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As a designer fashion business we provide you with the highest possible quality in all aspects of our children's clothes business, from ethically sourcing of our raw materials, using organic and natural textiles and elements where we can, to ensuring that all of our suppliers around the world offer safe work places and respect the environment that they work in.

We are global in our mindset, and have the ultimate respect for the world we live in - the only one we’ve got.

We encourage gratitude and respect in all departments; our design head quarters, production house, our retailers, and importantly right from the source - our textile and accessories suppliers. All in all this leads to positive global thinking, educated staff, conscious parents and best of all; young girls curious about the world we live in.

We aim to reflect this gracious approach in our beautiful girls kids wear collections.

Global Authenticity

To add to our global authenticity, we source our materials from all over the world focusing on artisan and locally made materials where we can especially fabrics, trims, beads and workmanship. Our leather ballet children’s shoes are hand made in Bali, Indonesia which is famous for its superb artisan skills. Of course this is sadly not sustainable for very large orders as it just takes too much time but we aspire to maintain a significant percentage made locally.

Our beautifully leather comes from India which supplies much of the worlds leather. We are lucky that our factory has an office in Sydney so we are able to forge a deeper relationship with them. Dimity works closely with leather experts in the region known for its extreme high quality and soft buttery finish.

In India, embroidery is also an art form. We love visiting to India and meeting our suppliers, visiting the factories. We do not manufacture in India every season as it is style and factory specific for us. Mumbai is the luxury fashion hub of India where many designers are based. Dimity has always been drawn to the natural flair and hand detailed perfection that embroidery can add to a garment, its exquisite detail and finishing. We have spent many hours watching these skilled people at work.

Like many brands we work closely with factories in South China and have developed close relationships. Our digital printing is made just outside Shanghai by experts whom specialize in silk and cotton. Their finishing is amazing and the vibrancy of, and detail in, the color is eye catching.

At the moment we divide our production between specialist craftsmen in Southern China, India and beautiful Indonesia. Accessing factories in India and Indonesia is easier and in Indonesia we see our factories at work every week. The standards are high and there are no children. In fact some of the higher end factories provide a school, dining facilities and crèche for the workers children, we love that and one even has an organic vegetable garden. They are clean, safe and well run businesses.

We take children's safety very seriously and apply the highest standards wherever they are in the world, especially ensuring that we are always CPSIA compliant for the US markets. We are registered with CPSC and issue product safety certificates. As a business we apply the highest global standards regardless for where we work or who we sell to.

Our Mission

At the heart of our Dimity Bourke label is the ideal to encourage people to feel great. This mission applies not only to our gorgeous customers and associates, but also to our skilled artisans who make our beautiful products.

What is Ethical Sourcing?

Ethical sourcing is a commitment to the purchase of goods and services that are manufactured and provided in a way that does not involve exploitation, or represent a danger to health, safety or the environment.

Ethical sourcing means ensuring that the products being sourced are created in safe premises by craftsmen who are treated well and paid fair wages to work legal hours. It also implies that the supplier is respecting the environment during the production and manufacture of the products.

This is a topic we take very seriously. We go to great lengths to ensure Dimity Bourke textiles and hardware are ethically sourced and made. Key details that we take into consideration when sourcing and working with involved parties include;

- Are "values-driven," as well as profit-driven.

- Are socially and environmentally responsible in the way we source, manufacture, and market our products.

- Are committed to innovative practices that benefit workers, communities, customers, and the environment.

This includes treating everyone with care, respect and fairness. We also require our suppliers and business partners to share our ways of working and seek their commitment to an ethical approach, alongside ours. We share in the responsibility to provide a better planet to work in.

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples. –Mother Teresa