Launched by Lucy and Chris in 2017, Lucy & Yak is an ethical and sustainable clothing brand that started by selling dungarees made from organic cotton or recycled materials and has now expanded into much more than that over the past two years. You can read more about how they started here but to give you a brief overview; Lucy and Chris visited many small businesses to work with in China, Thailand and India who had the same ethical values as them. They wanted to find a tailor where the staff are treated fairly and paid well for the work that they do. Once they found the right business, an overseen tailor based in North India called Ismail, they made 30 pairs of dungarees and uploaded them to Depop. They sold out within hours and so the Lucy & Yak story began. Nowadays they have boilersuits, socks, t-shirts and obviously, dungarees. Not only the newest clothing additions but they have also collaborated with many different artists and designers.
One of the reasons why I fell in love with Lucy & Yak so quickly is because they are so open about where their products are made. They relocated to a new factory with improved working conditions and their staff are paid four times higher than the state minimum wage. As much as the ex-fashion student likes to keep up to date with the latest trends in the high street stores, it is nice to see little brands like this crop up out of nowhere and share an incredible but more sustainable fashion journey.
I decided to use Lucy & Yak for a module whilst at University. As part of my market research (okay, I just wanted to treat myself) I bought a pair of dungarees and a boilersuit. They came in 100% biodegradable bags and send them in handmade material bags so you can reuse them for just about anything. It’s all about trying to limit the amount of plastic from the production. Don’t get me wrong buying online makes me so nervous especially because I class myself as a plus size person and sizes vary so much between high street stores however there is nothing to be nervous about. I ordered my usual size in both and they fit perfectly.
Since studying fashion at University, I have learnt that it is important to remember the ethical values behind clothes shopping even though I thoroughly enjoy trend forecasting. If I am not going to be able to wear one piece of clothing for seven days a week with different things then I probably won’t buy it. From having that kind of mindset, not only have I saved a loot of money but I have started to shop my current wardrobe a lot more. I have been able to explore my personal style and what I enjoy wearing as well as mixing things up a little bit. I have actually just really enjoyed being creative and experimental with my wardrobe again.
Have you ever shopped at Lucy & Yak? What is on your wishlist?
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