Our Way of Life
inducing change, one garment at a time…
We are a brand who empowers women and men for all they truly are. We believe in equality. Equality as it refers to gender, race, and nationality. As a black owned business, equality is at the center of all that we do.
Every single person on the team is important and very valuable to our workflow. We want to be held responsible for never taking advantage of our production partners located domestically or internationally, with fair wages and good working conditions.
Integrity is very important to us, so maintaining a transparent and honest profile is top priority as we grow and expand our brand.
“It’s simple… I’d rather use my time here on earth to help preserve it than to destroy it.”
— Founder, Igdaliah Pickering
Denim and silk. These fabrics are woven into our identity. Every garment is made and from sustainable materials including organic cotton and silk, and natural plant-based dyes.
Once our denim pieces are made, we use etching lasers or manual brushing techniques to slightly fade each pair of our jeans, giving them a ‘worn’ look, rather than the conventional method of harsh chemicals.
Denim Supplier: ISKO Origin: Turkey
We have chosen to source our denim from ISKO, one of the world’s largest denim producers and where sustainability is at the center of everything that they do. Their denim is Standard 100 OEKO-TEX® certified, which confirms no toxic substances are contained within the material. The denim is comprised of organic cotton certified by Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and recycled polyester made from post-consumer plastic bottles. ISKO is also the only denim mill in the world to have been awarded with two prestigious certifications; the Nordic Swan Ecolabel and the EU Ecolabel, for their Earth Fit collection.
We also occasionally source denim from Pacific Blue Denims in California. We choose denim from their hand picked Eco collection. Many of which consists of poly from recycled bottles, and organic/recycled cotton, and does not contain any pesticides or GMOs.
We proudly source our our compostable mailers from noissue. They are made from a combination of PBAT, a bio based polymer which is compostable, and PLA which is made up of plant materials such as regular ﬁeld corn and wheat straw. Their use of PLA makes up barely 0.05% of the annual global corn crop, making it an incredibly low-impact resource.
The bags are certified by the leading authorities worldwide; meeting American, European, International and Australian standards – including certiﬁcations for your domestic home compost. To gain these certiﬁcations, the product must break down within 90 days in commercial compost and 180 days in domestic compost conditions, including worm farm compost. After degradation, they must leave no harmful residues behind.
SILK SUPPLIER: TARONI ORIGIN: ITALY
Taroni S.p.A. is at the forefront in the search of solutions that reduce the environmental impact to offer its clients and customers the best environmental, social and transparency standards.
For this reason they decided to commit to the elimination of all hazardous chemicals by following the most rigorous current standards.
Everything is ethically handcrafted right here in the USA.
We use plant based ingredients that have been used for centuries and are much better for the skin and bodies of us and loved ones. Also, it is better for the planet as synthetic dyes are laced with harmful chemicals that get poured back into our fragile ecosystems.
The plants we currently use are: avocado skins, hibiscus, onion skins, red cabbage, tea bags, turmeric, walnut husks and cocoa beans.
Since natural dyes are an integral factor in many of our pieces, we strongly additives you to be aware of how you care for our pieces by reading the care label.
IGDALYAH is for you, for me, and for the next generation. We have explored the dark side of the fast fashion industry, and witnessed just how much devastation the industry is having on farmers, garment workers and the environment in the developing world.
Learning the hard facts about the wastefulness of the fashion industry is uncomfortable and understanding the global impact of it can be life changing. After this eye-opening experience we wanted to make a difference and help bring about change in fashion, specifically denim.
Since then, we pledge to produce sustainable clothes, create projects with meaningful concepts for social and environmental change, and to collaborate with platforms who believe what we believe.
“We strive to run a socially responsible production cycle from beginning to end”
We induce change both inside our studio and in communities abroad.
We are a proud to donate 20% of our monthly proceeds from our 'CaribBaby' t-shirt collection to The St. John Heritage Collective in the US Virgin Islands, whose mission is to preserve history, identity, and culture.
Complete the Cycle
We believe in extending the life of a garment. That is why we are enforcing up-cycling clothes. At IGDALYAH we offer services such as repairs and re-dying that are complementary with customers purchases.
Also, if a customer is completely done with a garment, has no one to hand it down to, we invite them to send it back to us. We will upcycle for you!