WHO IS KINGA CSILLA?
Kinga. A girl off the beaten track.
She's a lover and the best kind of friend.
She traverses lands, her homespun heart stitched into her sleeve.
Kinga Csilla created effortless pieces with a nod to the past - a considered approach to design resulting in easy, contemporary fits for a socially conscious woman with a travelling spirit.
Our influences are deeply rooted in the family history of our founder Laura Liles - a heritage with ties to Hungary, Italy and Hong Kong.
The Kinga Csilla aesthetic stitches these cultures together to create an inimitable take on wares created for the modern woman with a vintage sensibility. Laura crafts a unique signature to the label employing intricate cutwork, embroidery, embellishments and hand-finished detail.
Our makers are from India - home to some of the most beautiful handiwork and talented craftspeople found on this planet. We are fortunate and forever grateful for their skill and workmanship that allow for the timeless detailing that is the Kinga signature. Every collection is carefully considered in design and made slowly, with heart.
Our production is a time-consuming process where we allow our makers the appropriate time to complete their work, which we know is well worth waiting for.
IT'S COOL TO BE KIND:
Here at Kinga HQ we understand innately it is cool to be kind: to our Kinga famiglia, our makers and Mother Earth. We are constantly striving to create production processes that are ethical and follow fair production practices.
Currently we work with the fair work guidelines set by IRFT - International Resources for Fairer Trade and their Social Compliance Code.
This ensures that we know in our hearts that each Kinga Csilla piece that passes through our hands and onto you is made not only with the utmost care but in a safe environment. The people involved in producing our garments go to work daily with the knowledge that they will be treated with respect and be aptly remunerated for their labour.
We use these guidelines to assess and monitor the safety and well-being of our garment workers.
Assessments are carried out 1-2 times per year. Currently, employees of our small production unit in Delhi are interviewed in a safe, open setting and goals are regularly set to continue to improve the work place quality.
Craftspeople involved in the Kinga chain of production are paid at least the minimum wage, at levels set by the Indian government for workers in their respective skill level.
Our supplier allows freedom of association rights to be exercised with no threat involved to staff. We also ensure that regular health and safety audits are practiced.
All audits are carried out by IRFT at our own cost.
No forced labour.
No child labour.
We say this with conviction and heart. While ours is not always a perfect system we continually strive to improve our methods.
This is Kinga Kind.
Our link to IRFT ensures we are constantly updated and advised in areas of development with ethical practice. This is an evolving process that is beneficial for all parties involved. if you are interested in the specific guidelines that our first tier factory is audited against, you can find more info here - http://www.irft.org/
In 2020, we strive to extend our continual improvement process towards our block printers and outsourced embroiderers.
From our vacation 2020 collection we will let you know if the garment you are purchasing was made in our monitored production unit by indicating so in the garment description.
Here at Kinga HQ we use biodegradable and compostable packaging. In our warehouse, all online deliveries are carbon neutral.
As a customer we kindly ask that you take part of the recycle and compost process and dispose of packaging in a responsible way.
Synthetics are never used in our production process and we endeavour to repurpose textile wastage by creating smaller line products and accessories to reduct landfill.
This is a constantly evolving process of sustainability and we strive for transparency and improvement.
All Kinga treasure is transported from Mother India and then sent out to your loving hands in a reusable cotton bag or biodegradable sleeve.
We endeavour to make sure there is no excess plastic used in the production chain. Once your order is placed, we use 100% biodegradable compost mailers and are currently researching use of biodegradable stickers and labels.
Creating conscious fashion is a process which involves an open heart, mind & awareness of what is happening on Planet Earth today.
Please know when you are investing in a Kinga piece, you entrust that we practice mindful design and manufacturing.
We are genuine participants of the eco-movement, transforming the way fashion is created and consumed. We believe that clothing should made to last, be worn over and over again and to belong in your own treasure trove of timeless pieces.
We aim to create piece with interseasonal longevity, and to increase transparency in our manufacturing. This way, you, as the conscious consumer, may not only feel good about the decision to invest in a Kinga piece - you also know in your heart how each piece develops from conception to being in your hands. We are dedicated to encouraging our India-based family business to uphold sustainable procedures and fair employment.
Thank you for your time taken to read our core values and beliefs in ethical and sustainable trade. This means the world to us.
Love Laura & Team Kinga x