PHIPPS INTERNATIONAL is founded on a deep engagement with the principles of circularity, environmentalism, and ecological resilience in the fashion industry. Our goal is to transform the way in which we approach garments and accessories: from consumer products, to useful, durable, and ethically made items.
Since its foundation in 2018, PHIPPS has become a leader of sustainable fashion by integrating its values, as well as the latest movements in global environmentalism, into its products, brand DNA, and daily management. We aim to question and reinvent logistics, production, and internal management from an ecological standpoint.
Conscious of our carbon footprint, we keep production local as much as possible, and attempt to remedy our impact with donations to environmental non-profits such as the USDA Forest Service and Oceanic Global.
We audit our manufacturers internally to make sure they meet our ethical standards, and offer recognized industry certifications (BSCI, SMETA, or WCA audits), guaranteeing fair labour conditions. More complex internal audits and measures such as EP&L, RSLs, or B-Corp – which are challenging for a young brand like ours – are under review or development.
Most of our garments are made by manufacturers in Portugal and Italy, and are therefore required by European law to recycle their waste appropriately, re-use treatable water, use alternative energy as much as possible, and exclude hazardous chemicals (REACH).
“It can be compared to the food industry: if you buy organic vegetables, your carrots might not taste differently to a cheaper, supermarket alternative, but you have the satisfaction of knowing your money is supporting a better process and environmentally friendly practices, and you’re buying within your immediate environment.”
— Spencer Phipps
We are deeply invested in new developments in sustainable textiles. The majority of our fabric suppliers are certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) or other environmental certification organizations (RWS, OEKO-TEX, Bluesign) which ensure that our fabrics live up to the highest environmental standards available in the industry.
Finally, all of our packaging down the supply-chain from manufacturer to consumer is 100% recyclable and plastic-free.
Last but not least, we place ecological and ethical responsibility at the forefront of our creative process, communicating the need for a fundamental shift in consciousness through our seasonal partnerships, graphics, and social media channels.
At PHIPPS, we hope to push the conversation forward, past an industry buzzword, and enact real change.
“Environmentalism and global awareness
is the foundation of the brand, and that dictates first and foremost where
the things are coming from, how we enforce
our product and its aesthetic.”