Sustainable. Ethical. Slow. We believe in caring for the planet.
At Laya we take a slower approach to fashion by using high-quality, sustainably sourced materials. We believe that ethical intentions and sustainable practices, alongside design, should underline a garment's value. We work to integrate core sustainable principles with high-quality materials without compromising on the look, quality and functionality of each piece.
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Sustainable Practices: Our swimwear is made from fabric that is certified Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex, the world’s leader in testing fabrics to regulate harmful substances so you can be sure the fabric you are putting on your body is safe for you and the environment.
What does this label mean? You can be certain that every component of this article has been tested for harmful substances and that the article therefore is harmless for human health. The test is conducted by independent OEKO-TEX® partner institutes on the basis of extensive OEKO-TEX® criteria catalog. In the test they take into account numerous regulated and non-regulated substances, which may be harmful to human health. In many cases the limit values for the STANDARD 100 go beyond national and international requirements.
Our path to sustainability is a journey of learning and discovery and we understand that this is our corporate responsibility. We don’t claim to have all the answers or capabilities to tick every box, but we are doing everything in our power to understand our supply chain, make the most sustainable decisions we can, understand our risk areas, offset our carbon emissions and trace our materials back to source.
We understand that every fibre has its pros and cons in terms of impact on the environment and that there is no fix-all solution. However, we ensure that we assess the environmental impact of all fabrics we use and the sustainability of that material’s production is paramount, in addition to consideration of the lifecycle of those materials.
Ethical Manufacturing: All our pieces are made in a small factory in Mauritius by local women. They are cut, sewn, and finished by hand —there is no assembly line. We proudly adhere to fair living wages and realistic deadlines, taking pride in the relationships we have developed with our makers over the years.
Slow Fashion: We manufacture with integrity so that our products stand the test of time. Fundamental to our business model is striving for long-lasting design in style, quality and durability.
Simplicity and understated elegance that captures a timeless appeal is central to our aesthetic. Our swimwear is designed to last beyond the season, moving away from the practice of fast-fashion that generates enormous waste with huge environmental implications. We aim to remove the stigma that clothing should only be worn once or twice. Our swimwear is designed to serve as key standout essentials that can be mixed-and-matched or built upon. We aim to inspire our customers to explore their own personal style through considered design in order to generate a more sustainable future.
As we progress down this path to sustainability, we realise there is always more to learn, new ways to adapt and endless possibilities to evolve. We see our journey toward sustainability as an open and honest conversation with our suppliers, retailers, and most importantly, you. Stay tuned as we continuously work towards more efficient and sustainable models.