our sustainable approach
At House of Dagmar, our three pillars of sustainability are: Design, Ethics and Longevity.
We strive to create collections that are long-lasting, both in quality and style, using production methods that are both animal and environmentally friendly.
Our philosophy is that timeless design and the longevity of a garment go hand in hand. We aim to produce classic pieces with character, together with informing our customer on how to care for their Dagmar purchases to maintain their quality and durability.
Dagmar collections feature materials such as animal-friendly fur, mulesing-free merino wool, recycled polyester, chrome-free leather, lyocell fibers, organic cotton and regenerated cashmere.
Each garment expresses Dagmar’s design language, giving the pieces a strong personality, and therefore continuing to be wearable, year after year.
We want to be vocal for what we stand for, both ethically and environmentally. We are proud to meticulously follow the environmental policies and ethical guidelines set by the EU. By doing so, we ensure that each step of the production and material sourcing moves towards modern and sustainable methods.
As a result of this, it is of vital importance to us that each factory producing Dagmar garments meet these demands and restrictions. Frequent checks and monitoring confirm that these policies are being followed correctly.
And it is not only the sustainable production of garments that we include in our ethics. We also strongly believe in using methods of working that care for the animal, the environment and the people that make it.
Finally, we aim to minimize the impact of transportation by sourcing and producing materials within the same country, whenever possible. In addition to this, we use the most environmentally friendly method of international transportation by shipping all our garments by boat. Locally, we always offer a delivery service by bicycle.
MULESING-FREE MERINO WOOL
Mulesing involves the removal of strips of wool-bearing skin from around the breach of a sheep, in order to prevent flystrike: a horrifying and cruel act against animals that we will never stand for. To ensure that the ethical guidelines for our materials are followed, we, therefore, work exclusively with farms that have been certified as mulesing-free.
When working towards becoming a sustainable organization, using organic materials plays a crucial role. By using Lyocell, an environmentally friendly fiber, in our garments, we can create a sustainable item that retains a soft texture. It not only has an incredibly luxurious feeling when worn but has the additional benefit of being 100% biodegradable.
House of Dagmar uses animal friendly fur that has been produced with minimal damage to both the animal and the environment. This is achieved by shaving the fur which is then weaved into a cotton base.
The denim fabric that is used, has been processed in cooperation with local communities in the Brazilian Amazon. This was made possible through a sustainable and social project which creates job opportunities for the locals. The fabric has an ultra soft finish as a result of a sustainable, hypoallergenic, biodegradable treatment with the Brazilian Cupuacu fruit extract, making both your conscience and your clothes feel good.
By using recycled bottles and the eco-technology RePet, a high-quality polyester fiber was created to reduce harmful impaction on the environment. We now use it when designing our sustainable pieces.
Llama Fiber is a soft, warm, light and long-lasting material made from the hair of the llama animal. It is durable, naturally hypoallergenic and has a hollow fiber, providing thermal insulation as well as having a very low flammability. In addition to this, it is water-resistant, does not easily stretch and most importantly, is harvested with minimal damage to the llama as well as the environment.
THE ECO-FRIENDLY ACCESSORY COLLECTION
The collection of bags is produced by Swedish-based Tärnsjö Tannery through a vegetable tanning process where local hide materials are used. Worldwide, only five percent of the remaining tanning houses still employ this art of vegetable tanning. The Tärnsjö Tannery has been a family business for 150 years, tanning leather of the highest standard, just a couple of hours outside Stockholm. Their process of tanning is always vegetable-based, which not only makes it ecological but produces the best quality with a more vivid finish of the leather.
Cashmere is roughly 100 times more damaging to the environment than wool. At House of Dagmar, we are continuously looking for new ways to reduce our environmental impact, and as a result, we have chosen to work with regenerated cashmere, made from post-factory waste in Italy. The fibers have been manually selected to create a luxury yarn, resulting in both environmental protection and water conservation.
The leather that we use is chrome-free and therefore does not contain any harmful chemicals. The production of chrome-free leather uses a natural tanning method, where tannins that can be found in plant structures such as bark, leaves, and branches are used.
Viscose is a cellulose-xanthate, a biodegradable fiber made from wood pulp or cotton. It is a soft, semi-synthetic, man-made fiber and the most common cellulosic fabric used today. Like cotton, it breathes, making it very comfortable to wear.
Modal is a man-made, semi-synthetic fiber and a type of viscose. The fabric is strong and retains its shape particularly well without shrinking. In many ways, it bears a resemblance to cotton with its soft texture, yet is considerably more durable and water-resistant.