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WOMEN Collection - The impact of your purchase

WOMEN Collection - The impact of your purchase

February 15, 2019

When you purchase a piece from our WOMEN Collection, you are directly supporting women lead businesses and organisations in Cambodia. 
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WOMEN - A Feminist Collection

WOMEN - A Feminist Collection

February 15, 2019

 A collaborative collection by Dorsu & SHE Investments, in support of women lead businesses and organisations throughout Cambodia.

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Reflection wrap dress

NEW YEAR, NEW STYLES. WELCOME TO 2019

January 03, 2019

The final installment of our Reflection Collection - inspired by past favourites, unique details and versatile silhouettes.  The Collection features a limited edition Navy Stripe cotton jersey and...CULOTTES ARE BACK.

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Dorsu Social Outfit Coral

Dorsu X The Social Outfit Collaboration

November 27, 2018

Designed by The Social Outfit in collaboration with Dorsu and produced in-house at our Dorsu production studio. Featuring bold colours and classic shapes, each piece is a fresh addition to your year-round wardrobe.

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Black Friday Cyber Monday

Black Friday & Cyber Monday

November 21, 2018

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are upon us once again. Originating in the US, Black Friday follows Thanksgiving and leads into Cyber Monday- a global weekend of frantic and excessive consumption.   

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Capsule wardrobe white black tshirt

Everyday Advocate: Priyanka Vasudev

November 15, 2018

Introducing Kanekta, a digital wholesale platform designed to connect eco-ethical brands with sustainably minded retailers.  We caught up with Priyanka to get the low-down on what inspired Kanekta. 

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ethical unisex cotton T-shirts

INTRODUCING DORSU UNISEX T-SHIRTS

November 12, 2018

As a part of the second drop of our Reflection Collection, we are excited to bring you our first ever Unisex Tee - an every day go-to garment with straight lines and a classic fit. This brand new tee features a high round neck and short sleeves, designed to fit both men and women, perfectly. 
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Reflection core wardrobe essentials

Introducing Reflection Part II

November 09, 2018

The second installment of Reflection, a small-batch collection of mindful and considered pieces. Featuring elements of past favourites, each item is intentionally designed to be paired with others in the collection as well as core pieces from your own wardrobe.
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Reflection white T-shirt Ethical basics

Reflection and a new way forward

September 06, 2018

Welcome to the first instalment of Reflection; a brand new collection of limited edition ethical clothing pieces, kickstarting a new way forward for Dorsu. Featuring most loved elements from past collections and produced in fresh, muted colours, each item suits both warm and cool weather, forming a seasonless, versatile and reliable wardrobe.
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Everyday Advocate: Elisha Watson from Nisa

Everyday Advocate: Elisha Watson from Nisa

August 08, 2018

Nisa creates employment opportunities for women coming from a refugee background. Their production studio provides space for people to not only work in a safe environment, but, to develop their language skills, make friends, learn how to engage in their new life in New Zealand and have fun!

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Walk Sew Good Everyday Advocate

Everyday Advocate: Megan O'Malley

July 25, 2018

In 2016, Megan O’Malley and Gab Murphy set out to walk through Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Northern Laos to discover and share stories of ethical, sustainable and local clothing production. Through their journey, Walk Sew Good visited various producers, designers and retailers documenting their stories and advocating for industry change through a series of video and articles. 
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Dorsu Social Outfit

Dorsu X The Social Outfit - The capsule collection

June 14, 2018

When we started chatting to The Social Outfit team back in early 2017 - we knew that we were destined to create beautiful things together! The capsule collection is made up of 5 limited edition pieces and combines the streamlined cuts of Dorsu with the boldness of The Social Outfit.
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Our Design Process
Design

We collaborate as an entire team, combining design and production priorities.

Our design and sourcing processes are inter-linked. Sometimes we design and then source fabrics we wish to produce in, and other times we discover fabric we love and can create accordingly, quickly.

Our Product

Meticulously designed for everyday wear, focusing on quality above all else. 

Inspiration

You inspire us - our #DorsuCrew! We love talking to you and learning about what you do, what you need, and how clothing fits into your life. Every day, we meet fellow travellers from around the globe, visiting us during their holidays in Kampot. They buy Dorsu for our quality; withstanding weeks or months of adventures. When they return home, they have their go-to essentials for work, weekends, and holidays.

We make our own rules and don't abide by trends, mass consumption or over-production. By investing our time and talent into thoughtful design, we create pieces that will be mainstays in your closet.

In-house Pattern Making

Our patterns are made in-house by our Co-Founder and Head of Production & Design, Kunthear. With years of experience and training, she opts for the traditional method of measuring and cutting paper to transform concepts into complete, graded patterns.

Dorsu Collections

Every 8 weeks, we release new collections consisting of 3-4 thoughtfully designed, intentional pieces to be worn with one another and across collections. We use limited edition fabrics, meaning each collection is small-batch, sitting perfectly alongside our year-round Core Collection. 

Our Production Process
Step 1: Cutting

The first step in the cutting process is washing the fabric, to test shrinkage and colour fastness. Our cutting team cut paper patterns from the originals, laying them on the material in a way that minimises wastage. Cutting up to 25 layers at a time, we bundle each piece according to size.

Step 2: Production room

The cut and bundled pieces are then moved into the production room and delegated along the production line. It’s fast and straightforward, ensuring we create consistent end-products.

Step 3: Initial quality control

The sewn products are washed and individually measured against their specifications, checking they’re true-to-size.

Step 4: Finishing & final quality control

The final step in production is ironing and the second check for shrinkage, warping, construction or fabric faults. The final garments are folded, packed and stored for sale. Some are moved directly into our studio store (located at the front of our production space), while others go to our flagship store in Kampot, or sent to Australia for international retail.

Safety

All production staff undergo extensive training and skills development to ensure safe, efficient and quality work by all team members. We train all new staff on our internal Human Resources policy, including occupational health & safety procedures, fire safety and evacuation, and child protection. We update and renew training annually, with ongoing instruction on equipment safety and maintenance, as well as the protocols to assess risk and responsibly address incidents in the workplace.


Fair and safe employment is the responsibility of all companies, and we prioritise the physical and emotional well-being of our employees above everything else.

Customer Service & Sales
In-Store Retail

We have two storefronts in Kampot, Cambodia - our Old Market Flagship Store and our Road 33 Production Studio Store. All team members take part in regular training on our new ranges, inclusive of design concept, fabric, fit and styling. 

Our Kampot based retail team manage the in-country delivery program, speaking directly with customers to facilitate the order and delivery process. 

Online Retail

We ship all online orders from our distribution space in Tasmania, Australia. Our online customer service team work against Australian EST, providing consistent and quality support to our international customers.

We welcome your feedback and are open to answering any questions you may have about sizing, construction, fabric, or our production practices. 

Wholesale & Custom Orders

We ship all bulk orders from our Road 33 Production Studio in Kampot, Cambodia. Most of the time, these are made-to-order. As a result of having a close-knit team, we can offer a seamless buying experience. Our sales staff speak to our Production Manager, face-to-face so that you can have the most accurate updates on the status of your order. 

Learn More About Factory Remnants

Our fabric is remnant cotton jersey sourced from independent suppliers in Phnom Penh.

Remnant fabric (also known as "deadstock" or "surplus") is unused and unwanted leftover rolls of cloth in its original condition.

As a result of Cambodia’s pervasive garment manufacturing industry and issues that occur along the fashion industry’s incredibly complex supply chain, vast amounts of fabric are deemed unusable by brands on a daily basis. This waste arises due to reasons such as incorrect or oversupply of cloth, last minute changes in production schedules and the ever-increasing need for brands to be immediately responsive and adaptive to fashion trends.

These fabric leftovers are sold on from brands and factories to a local fabric supply industry, who then sell on through the Cambodian supply chain. We scour the warehouses of our preferred suppliers and purchase rolls of fabric per kilogram. When sourcing for our collections, we buy up to 100 kilograms of a collection colour (like burgundy) and up to 300 kilograms of a core colour (like black and navy).

Due to the nature of sourcing factory remnants, we can't guarantee consistency in the fabric blends. Consequently, we burn-test every fabric we buy to ensure it has very little or no synthetic fibres.

We pre-wash a sample of every new fabric, testing for colour fastness and shrinkage.

We know that using factory remnants has limitations. We know we can’t trace the true origins of our material. But, we are doing what we can, within the context in which we work. Cambodia doesn't have cotton mills or weaving facilities so, we are limited by access. As a small brand, we experience financial barriers of meeting minimum order quantities of suppliers outside of Cambodia and then importing fabric into the country. We are acutely aware of our impact on the local economy, and we choose to place our money where it has the most significant impact.

Dorsu Employment & Safety Policies
Safety
Policies

All Dorsu team members are required to read, understand, sign and abide by our internal human resource policy that is inclusive of: