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Meet our Mates: The Social Outfit

Meet our Mates: The Social Outfit

June 08, 2017

The Social Outfit is a social enterprise based in Sydney, Australia providing employment and training opportunities to refugee and new migrant communities. Being more than just a fashion label, The Social Outfit design, produce, market and sell their garments and accessories in Newtown, creating jobs and training in all aspects of fashion production and retail. 
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A personal declaration for a love of fashion.

A personal declaration for a love of fashion.

June 01, 2017

Fashion is inherently ethical as it is both a means of communication and an art. Indeed, we all wear clothes every day. Whether we think about it or not, it implies a set of decisions: how we want to be perceived, what we want to invest in, what expresses best our personality. 

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ethical fashion outdoor adventure

Where Ethical Fashion and Adventure Collide

May 04, 2017

When it comes to outdoor exploration and adventure, many brands market their clothing and gear as an essential aspect of stepping from concrete to jungle, from sidewalk to forest. Brands like The North Face, Patagonia, and Helly Hansen sell an adventurous, primarily-outdoorsy lifestyle worth living, reflected in their clothing, outdoor apparel, and adventure gear. 
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Let's really make this a Fashion Revolution

Let's really make this a Fashion Revolution

April 28, 2017

The Fashion Revolution campaign, started in the wake of the Rana Plaza collapse in 2013, aims to generate consumer awareness of the inner workings of the global garment industry, motivate people to ask big brands “who made my clothes?” and create a forum for producers to say “we did”.

 

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two humans travel

Meet our Mates: Two Humans Travel

April 14, 2017

If you are a lover of Instagram + beautiful destination travel photos, then you may have come across Two Humans Travel (aka @twhohumanstravel, THT). We are huge fans of Tayla and Ben, the creative duo behind the amazing snaps and brilliant words of THT and were lucky enough to score them as models for our Autumn/Winter shoot.

 

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Social cycles Challenges

Meet Brett: Founder of Social Cycles

March 31, 2017

Dorsu is lucky to be a part of the Social Cycles crew, and score a visit by the cycling team in each of the Southern Cambodia trips. We love it when people choose to travel in slower and more connected ways and appreciate how Social Cycles focus on experiencing the true version of everyday life in the countries they visit. 

 

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Buying better Christmas

Buying Better this Christmas

December 06, 2016

With Christmas just around the corner, we thought we would gather a list of our top ideas for buying better this Christmas. Adding to our latest blog post about finding your way to buying better, we have collated some top tips to help you get through the season of gift giving and beyond.
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Buying Better

Find Your Way to Buying Better

December 01, 2016

Buying better is about asking questions, getting informed and buying what you believe is better for you, the makers and the environment. Buying better can mean something different to everybody and it is important to find what suits you best so that you can have the greatest impact possible. 

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Black Friday ethical

Can Black Friday be Ethical?

November 25, 2016

In 2010, when I still lived in Colorado, I worked the 5 AM Black Friday shift at Park Meadows Mall – a monolith in the middle of an affluent suburb. Women lined up outside a bag store because the first 100 customers to spend $100+ got a free bag. Fast fashion supply chains use offshore labour to keep their costs down, so we can assume that “free” bag probably had a $5 landed cost (a generous estimate).
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Travel Often Cambodia

Travel Often

November 22, 2016

Be curious, explore, experience and appreciate. A big part of the Dorsu Way is expanding our knowledge and appreciation for the world we live in, meeting new people, trying new things and being open to new ideas.
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Buy Better

Buy Better

November 11, 2016

Wearing our values means buying better- being informed, seeking well designed and well made products. Knowing the impact of a purchase on all levels can lead to some of the biggest change, and we are on a mission to see some of that change.
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Wear Your Values

Wear Your Values

November 10, 2016

A wise person once said to us “wear your values”. So we are. At Dorsu, we celebrate people, the world and beautiful things. We love clothes, but we also love the people who make them and care about how every garment impacts the world around it.
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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'll 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

Each year, we release new collections of carefully-selected, exciting designs in limited edition colours. Sitting alongside is our Core Collection, available year-round in beloved neutrals.

Our Production Process
Step 1: Cutting

The first step in the cutting process is washing the fabric, to test shrinkage and colour fastness. Our cutter, Samorn, cuts 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, and 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 Tasmania 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 wellbeing of our employees above everything else.

Customer Service & Sales
In-Store Retail

We have two storefronts in Kampot, Cambodia: at the Old Market and the front of our Road 33 production studio, led by our Retail Sales Manager. All team members take part in quarterly training on our new ranges -- design, material, and styling -- and relay customer feedback to the design team. 

Also,  if you live and work in Cambodia, our In-Store Retail Team are the people organising in-country delivery, answering your messages, and calling couriers to make sure your package arrives safely and timely. 

Online Retail

We ship our Australia and international orders from Australia. However, our E-Commerce Manager works in our Kampot production studio, making sure our international customers can have the same experience as you were to visit us in person.

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

Wholesale & Custom Orders

We ship all bulk orders from our Road 33 production studio. 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: