Akina is a sustainable clothing design studio. Born from a need for comfy and ethical swimwear, their luxurious recycled fabric is manufactured in Italy andsewn locally in their studio in Cape Town. The brand was founded in 2016. In studio, they have a part time patternmaker, a cutter and two full time seamstresses that sew all Akina pieces, with lots of love. The name Akina means Spring Flower, symbolising a new life. They take pride in the reincarnation of post consumer waste into all our fabrics,helping to reduce the environmental impact. Each collection is committed to their vision to use sustainable materials while embodying the goodness andindividuality of the women who wear their garments.
MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA
BASED IN SOUTH AFRICA AND SHIPPING: INTERNATIONAL
They use organic cotton.
They use ECONYL which is a recycled polyamide yarn made in Italy.
They use modal.
Factory is run on LED lightning and energy saving adapters.
Their garments are made locally in South Africa. Their workers are paid more than double the minimum wage, they have flexible work hours and are paid over time. Workers are offered healthy snacks and a monthly bus card to get to work.
Packaged in a 100% recycled plastic zip bag. Sleepwear and undies get packaged in bags made from sleepwear fabric off cuts. They use recycled plastic courier bags, recycled paper in the studio and to print their waybills, their sewing supplies are stored in brown recycled boxes.
Their dyes are plantbased, all their cleaning products are nontoxic and biodegradable.
They recycle almost 60% of all their factory waste and donate scraps or up-cycle their waste. They make blankets using their cotton/modal (Pajama) off cuts. Their cutting table and storage units are made from recycled wood.