Five years ago we started to manufacture our lingerie in China (Shenzen area) in a factory that is regularly controlled to ensure the quality of our products and the respect of the social standards of the employees. The factory is BSCI certified (committed to improving working conditions), SEDEX certified (for labour rights, health and safety), and OEKOTEX certified (for environmental standards).
Since 2019, we have moved all of our production sites closer together to limit the environmental footprint, working with two Tunisian workshops, which are themselves audited every year to ensure the well-being of our garment makers and labelled OEKOTEX. These workshops specialize in corsetry and swimwear and support the entire Icone Lingerie team in the development of the collections.
Currently, we buy 80% of our materials and accessories in Europe and France and 20% in China. Our aim is to completely stop working with our Chinese partners from summer 2022. Indeed, we are constantly looking for new alternatives that are more environmentally and ethically responsible. Thus, our summer 2022 bathing line and our very first homewear line for winter 2021 will be made in Portugal, where the best European workshops in these sectors are located.
It is also important for us to work with expert suppliers with the OEKOTEX label.
FRANCE IS HONOURED
Passionate about materials, we take particular care in the choice of our fabrics. Indeed, it is important to us to put forward our "TRICOLOR KNOW-HOW".
We work with renowned lace makers such as Sophie Hallette, an international reference in the art of lace and French Tulle. For more than 130 years, Sophie Hallette has been creating incomparable lace on the most prestigious looms in CALAIS AND CAUDRY.
The little anecdote: Catherine Middleton wore an Alexander McQueen dress for her wedding, made entirely of Sophie Hallette lace!
See our LUNA model in Sophie Hallette lace.
We also made a whole collection with lace with vintage accents from LA MAISON JABOULEY, lace maker in Lyon since 1935.
For our summer 2021 collection, we were lucky enough to bring our products to life with embroidery from the French company BRODERIES LEVEAUX.
RECYCLED MATERIAL FOR THE BATH
Our very first bath line in 2020 contained 50% recycled fabrics with a polyester fibre made from plastic waste collected from the oceans: SEAQUAL. It is one of the most certified eco-friendly fibres in the world.
Our second bath line for summer 2021 is made of 80% recycled fibres. Labelled GRS (Global Recycled Standard), we guarantee recycled textiles with respect to environmental and social criteria. Thus, our 11 bathing suits are made of 82% recycled polyamide and have a lining of 88% recycled polyester.
As part of our ongoing efforts to promote our French know-how, our favourite models Melrose Lurex, Hartley Lurex and Malibu are made from French materials.
Because it would be ironic for us to use plastic polybags for our merchandise, we have decided to use bio-sourced, 100% bio-degradable polybags. It is important to understand that these polybags are used for our customer packaging and for our sub-packaging with our Tunisian workshops.
You will find a slight smell of roasted corn on your lingerie when you open your package, but don't worry, it will disappear as soon as you wash or air it! Phew!
OUR GOTS-LABELLED COTTONS
GOTS is the international reference label for organic textiles, especially for organic cotton. It is a standard that is committed to an environmentally and socially responsible textile processing chain.
The label not only focuses on sustainability, but also imposes strict rules and guidelines for all companies involved in the value chain. The label guarantees the customer that the product is produced in a socially responsible and environmentally friendly way. Only textile products containing a minimum of 70% organic fibres can be GOTS certified.
The chemical inputs used, such as dyes and additives, must comply with a number of environmental and toxicological criteria. The production and processing systems must also comply with environmental regulations. A functional wastewater treatment facility is mandatory.
The label brings together the International Association Natural Textile Industry, the Soil Association, the Organic Cotton Association and Ecocert.
In an ever more responsible approach, we have chosen to use GOTS cotton for our PIA homewear collection in 2019 and we will continue to use GOTS cotton for our next homewear line and for all our panty bottoms.