Olive Clothing

overall rating:

0.8

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Henna Moussavi
11/29/2021
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Olive Clothing is an England-based contemporary clothing brand that specialises in womenswear, primarily collaborating with independent designers to create the image of “modernity, simplicity with playfulness, and street style with understated elegance”. They are operated and under the ownership of a family-owned company called Olive Clothing Limited, and aim to maintain an eco-friendly supply chain. On their site they state that they are moving forward in a way that is “sensitive to the ethical considerations that preoccupy us and many of our customers alike”, remaining conscious of the responsibilities they have within that chain.

Whilst they recognise their company’s ecological impacts and indicate a desire to operate more sustainably, they lack the information and transparency needed to offer a more compelling presentation of these values. Due to these shortcomings, Olive Clothing only receives a 0.8 until they are able to strengthen and address their desire to achieve corporate consciousness.

What it's made of:

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There is considerable variety in the articles of clothing produced by Olive, though as stated on their website that “all products described as fabricated with organic cotton comprise cotton that is Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified”. This certification would offer insight on the extent to which their products are sustainable, although upon further investigation, the current certification is expired and states that the company “is either no longer certified or is certified under a new number”. This creates some confusion for the consumer, and whilst they may have been certified at some point, it is crucial to maintain these standards and the evidence for them.


In addition, as explained by Olive’s Managing Director, Rohan Moore, it is not always possible for them as a company to delve as deeply as they would like to into their supply chain. For example, Moore explains that it is challenging “to fully ascertain the origin of a yarn; many textile suppliers within sane shipping distance of [their] CMT factories are robustly unwilling to share commercially sensitive information about their own supply chain — particularly with a micro-brand with limited buying power”. The statement released by Moore certainly illustrates the notion of awareness and the desire for the company to step into a more sustainable and responsible production process, although they are still lacking concrete action. The absence of this essential information constitutes a 1 for what their products are made of.

How it's made:

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In a statement on their site, Moore states that “most of [their] garments are presently manufactured within South Korea, by boutique factories operating in employment environments subject to developed world levels of minimum pay”. Furthermore, as their materials are sourced internationally, Moore ensures that with their “specialist leather manufacturers in Spain, and [their] footwear manufacturers in Northampton, England, [they] have across all of our factory partners regular direct access to production floors, and communicate with factory workers in their first language”, which at least indicates adequate treatment of their staff at every level of production. They are also accredited by the Living Wage Foundation, meaning their workers and staff are guaranteed an income that can properly sustain their day-to-day lives.


Regarding the GOTS certification, it is the “worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain”, creating transparency between the company and the consumer and allowing the consumer the “power to choose truly organic products sourced from green supply chains”. Olive specifically sources their textiles and cotton from India, in order to stay close to the source of their raw materials and “minimise carbon-intensive freight between production phases”.


Whilst it is unknown what conditions their workers actually work in, or where exactly their factories and manufacturing bases are, they earn a 1 for how it’s made for at least making sure they are paying the right amount to their staff. Furthermore, it could be that their GOTS certification is in the process of renewal as they make a clear commitment to their intention to be climate-friendly in their public statements.

Who makes it:

0.5

Olive Clothing is owned by Rohan and Ji Seon Moore, founded in 2013 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Despite being a family-owned business, their company has received extensive attention and a decently large following since its creation. They maintain that they are conscious of being a part of “a chain that begins with farming and yarn production, and ends with style; we take our own responsibilities within that chain seriously”.

As expanded on within the other sections of this review, it has been a challenge for Olive to be fully transparent about their supply chain and create a clear illustration of what their production process actually entails. Whilst they make it clear that they remain anxious to provide transparency, they also fall short of providing actual evidence of these concerns. This warrants a 0.5 rating for who makes it, due to the limited details and obscurity of this aspect of their brand.