Background and Profile
Frank & Faith was founded in Dorset as a socially conscious clothing label in Autumn 2006 by fashion designer and buyer, "Faith", and her Chartered Accountant husband, "Frank". The founding philosophy is that our clothes look beautiful and fashionable but are manufactured in an ethical and sustainable way.
Frank & Faith clothes will always use organic, recycled or sustainable yarns and fabrics, be made ethically, and with equal importance – will always be fashionable.
After working for many years for some of the biggest high street fashion retailers “Faith” decided there must be a more ethical and socially beneficial way of producing and manufacturing affordable fashion “savvy” clothing.
Our aim is to produce clothing ethically by manufacturing in Britain. The usage of our "Made in Britain" label further promotes locally produced goods and industries. This enables us to be sure our garments are made fairly, as all manufacturing falls under UK labour laws (including the minimum wage), EU labour directives and International Labour Organization conventions. In addition we can easily visit our factories to assess working conditions on a regular basis. This protects the Frank & Faith brand from “Sweat Shop” manufacturing.
Frank & Faith support and nurture small factories and businesses in Britain. These are often in areas of deprived communities with high unemployment. Our aim is to retain specialist skills fast disappearing in the British Isles. This also provides work for people who have trained to this skill set in the UK. A further benefit is the reduced environmental cost of transporting raw materials and clothing around the world. Our garments have significantly less “clothes miles” than many garments manufactured in the Far East.
Frank & Faith does business with factories based not only on price and margin but also focuses on providing a deeper commitment by working with the factories to grow their capabilities so they are a viable resource for Frank & Faith as well as other brands.
In January 2012, Frank & Faith became the latest member of the Spark Etail family of ethical brands. Spark Etail is a leading full service online retailer of ethical products, owning and operating Ethical Superstore, Natural Collection and Spirit of Nature. The company also provides e-commerce technology and marketing services to leading UK online retailers.