Place of Origin

Place of origin is a philosophy that has evolved over time. But at its core is the concept that things should be made where they have roots. Where they have come from, or where they intend to stay. When things are made in an area in a certain way, a culture grows around the place. It supports the industry and the people who make it.

Place of origin is about the materials that make the clothing. Our trouser maker gets its cloth from a cotton mill a few miles down the road. Not because we asked them to, but because that’s how the industry evolved.

In today’s globalised world society has started seeing where things come from as a dot on a supply chain. We are becoming increasingly detached from the simple basics such as the food on our table and the clothing on our backs. 

We’re not against globalisation per se, it has brought many benefits. It’s just that the purely economic arguments for outsourcing to far off places have failed us. Safe working conditions have been ignored. Transport across oceans is slow. Prices have inevitably risen and in the mean time we have lost valuable skills.  

For us asking ourselves where our clothes come from is part of reconciling the disconnect between what we choose to wear and where it comes from. Place of origin is at the heart of what we do at Tails. Manufacturers are more discovered than sourced. It takes time, but the patience is worth it.