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As a seasoned participant in the ready to wear world, with past roles alongside designers like JCrew, Trovata and Doori, Mandy Kordal knew just how harmful the fashion industry can to the environment. So when she decided to start her own collection, she wanted to make sure that ethical manufacturing was at its core.
Kordal’s namesake line is produced by experienced knitters in Lima, Peru and New York, using both handloom and Shima Seiki whole garment knitting machines. Both processes knit fully-finished products with no wasted material leftover. Their other pieces are produced in partnership with factories in NYC or by artisans in other countries. In addition to promoting ethical garment production, Kordal also pays their workers a fair wage.
The airy pieces are punctuated with cool color blocking and angular prints. They’re as functional as they are elegant, and are made to become lifetime wardrobe staples. They also use only organic fibers like naturally soft alpaca yarn and recycled cotton, and steer clear of using harsh chemicals or toxins.
Kordal also showcases their Live In series online, in which they interview women in creative industries who emulate the brand’s ethos. More about Kordal and their beautifully manufactured pieces can be found on their website.