Sustainability is integral to our ethos at Turnbull & Asser. By focusing on our suppliers’ environmental impact as well as their approach to employees, we are able to build long-standing relationships with them. This has resulted in long-service employees for ourselves as well as our suppliers, creating reliable employment for many communities.
In 2015, we celebrated our 130-year anniversary, which provided a perfect platform to honour our continuous delivery of high quality shirts, ties and clothing. This still holds true today with careful consideration of materials used, and importantly, the limitations it has. We do not mass produce at the expense of others, but work exclusively to produce only the finest ethical materials.
We take great pride in the longevity of our shirts and offer a re-collar and re-cuffing service for our customers. The process consists of unstitching and recollaring/cuffing by hand, ensuring an unrivalled level of detail and quality control.
Our UK-based workrooms enable us to lower our carbon footprint and environmental impact with shipping. Completed orders are now sent directly from the factory to the customer—reducing transport use and excess packaging.
Fabric remnants from the shirt cutting are used to make our boxer shorts and pocket squares, leaving only small parts of material left over. These are then donated to various organisations such as the Gloucester Resource Centre. In addition to this, we supply various sewing groups who create quilts for the incubators in maternity wards at local hospitals.
The cutting process itself does not lend itself to large amounts of waste. The silk remnants that it does produce are given to local initiatives including a local design school and are also used to produce the Turnbull Teddies.
Thomas Mason and the Albini Group for Cotton and Linen
The Albini Group have an important partnership with ECCI Cotton, who are an association formed by small local farmers and supported by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Island of Barbados. This has supported the production of our exclusive West Indian Sea Island Cotton.
For more, please visit www.albinigroup.com
Alumo for Cotton
One of the world’s finest cotton mills, situated in the mountains of Switzerland, Alumo’s entire production process corresponds to the world’s strictest environmental and sustainability standards.
For more, please visit https://www.alumo.ch/en/#nav-about-us
Vanners and Adamley for Silk
Our silk material used for the manufacture of ties and pocket squares is sourced from Vanners, who have been based in Sudbury, Suffolk since the 1870s and Adamley, based in Macclesfield, who have been printing silks in England since 1820
For more, please visit vanners.com and adamley.co.uk
Barrie Knitwear and Todd & Duncan for Wool
Barrie Knitwear work with local schools to ensure required technical skills are not lost with its long-term training initiative to protect the craftsmanship within the knitwear industry. The cashmere yarn for their garments is spun by Todd & Duncan, based in Kinross, who have a long-standing relationship with Ningxia Zhongyin with whom they became part of in 2009.
For more, please visit houseofbruar.com/barrie-knitwear and todd-duncan.co.uk/story/process
Gritti for Buttons
Our shirt buttons are supplied by Gritti and are all made of mother-of-pearl shell. There is no wastage and once the button blanks have been punched out of the shell, the remaining shell is ground and used for fertiliser.
For more, please visit grittivn.com/en/page/SOCIAL-COMPLIANCE.html
We work closely with the distribution and storage service DSV, who in 2018 received The Planet Mark—a certification programme recognising commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability—for their storage facilities.
For more, please visit uk.dsv.com/about-dsv/media/News/2018/05/Delivering-sustainability