The key to any successful business is the partnerships made along the way. For Baserange, its goal to manage a transparent, ethical and environmentally-friendly garment company is supported by a network of similarly-minded factories.
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Baserange was started in 2012 by Blandine Legait and Marie-Louise Mogensen. The original product line focused on undergarments, but the collection now includes an assortment of clothing options. With the focus on diversity, inclusion and natural beauty for the customer, the intimates and basics line matches that philosophy with a dedication to working with sustainable manufacturing facilities.
Up and down the collection, careful material selection means finding producers who rely on traditional techniques while providing natural materials that are soft, breathable and comfortable. With this in mind, Baserange obtains silk and linen from a second-generation family-operated factory in Turkey dedicated to checking supply certifications and creating materials that are long-lasting yet compostable at the end of their usable life.
Another family-owned factory in Porto, Portugal highlights fair trade working conditions and support of working women. The factory relies on renewable energy and works directly with Baserange to make the most of material waste saying, “They’ll do a set with just those leftover colors. Once we did bras with a cup in one color, a cup in another color, and the elastic in a third color.”
Another textile mill, in France, relies on 80% solar power to run the factory. The buildings are made from reclaimed lumber from the surrounding area.
This close working relationship with nearby producers has resulted in an eco-friendly life cycle for Baserange’s clothing, starting with the fact that regular visits to the factories have a low transport footprint. The dyes are OEKO-TEX certified. The cotton is GOTS certified. The bamboo fabrics are FSC certified. Other natural fibers used in the clothing line include silk, linen and wool sourced in traditional ways to make yarn from yak, alpaca and mohair.
In a statement, the company summarized saying, “Baserange offerings are produced with respect for the environment and people. They are committed to clean production and ethical sourcing to minimize the environmental impact on both the producer and the wearer of the garments.”
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