Bursting onto the scene in 2008 with a collection of luxury basics, Sosume (the moniker came about after the team discovered that a US company held the rights to the label’s original name) focuses on clean, fluid shapes incorporating more tailored cuts—suiting and shirting sit alongside easy-wear jersey pieces. Like the cuts, the palette is chic and simple, in neutral tones.
Sosume is a collective of four socially-aware young designers based in Sydney, Melbourne and New York. More than 200 fabric agents were scoured before the team settled on three with solid eco credentials: their Milan supplier is certified by an Italian body and their Tokyo factory has been awarded for its sustainable practices. Textiles include Tencel, organic wool and cotton and micro-modal (derived from beech and wood pulp using a tenth of the water needed for cotton production). All chemicals are used in a closed-loop cycle ensuring they never enter local waterways and the entire collection is made in Australia.
The designers fly carbon neutrally and use recycled paper and soy inks for printing. Large shipments are transported in recycled boxes. Sosume “have investigated this area and hope to make changes as we grow” as, like many labels, they often face prohibitive costs in delivering on their desire to be eco-ethical. Since launch, 3% of all sales have been donated to the Wilderness Society and the Bush Heritage Fund.
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