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Accredited Brand Spotlight: Teshani from Luna and Sun the Label

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Accredited Brand Spotlight: Teshani from Luna and Sun the Label

This is a featured post written by a team member at Luna and Sun the Label, an Ethical Clothing Australia accredited brand. 

My name is Teshani and I am the founder and designer of Luna and Sun the Label. I was born in Sri Lanka and my family moved to Brisbane when I was three. Ever since I was little, I knew that I wanted to start my own fashion label.  

Before creating Luna and Sun the Label in 2019, I studied fashion and completed several sustainable fashion courses, then did a lot of research on the industry. After learning about the negative impacts the fast fashion industry was having on people, animals and the environment, I decided to not only start a fashion label but also create a community to give women easy tips to live more sustainably. 

I have always loved fashion and how clothes can make us feel more confident, and I care deeply about sustainability. My clothing label incorporates both of these passions.

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I discovered I was pregnant shortly after launching Luna and Sun. It was a surprise, but I believe that everything happens for a reason. Despite a very challenging pregnancy and birth experience with my daughter Mya, it opened my eyes to what was missing for women going through a similar experience. What got me through the difficult moments was the support and love of my husband and the strong women around me. I’d love for Luna and Sun to be that rock to other women – whatever stage of their motherhood journey they may be on. I design and test each Luna and Sun piece (as many times as it takes to get it perfect) on many different women and at varied stages of motherhood. I have worked hard to create pieces that adapt to a changing body and are also breastfeeding-friendly. 

I have another job and with my little one Mya, each day at work is a little different for me. On the days I’m not working at my other job, I usually work on Luna and Sun while Mya is napping or when she’s asleep at night. During this time, I answer emails, work on social media and newsletter content, and package orders. 

Being of South Asian background myself, the hardships and inequalities that women face when working in the garment industry are close to my heart. This drove me to build Luna and Sun on transparent and ethical values, and I’m proud to say all our clothing is made in Brisbane by a manufacturer that is compliant with the Australian labour laws. I wanted to empower women, and not just the women who wear my brand, but those who bring the clothing to life. 

I decided to get my label accredited with Ethical Clothing Australia because I felt that it was important to ensure that our manufacturing supply chain was ethical, as I know that ECA does all the appropriate checks. My experience has been that customers love to support people and businesses that are committed to manufacturing fashion ethically and locally. 

There are so many benefits of having our ECA accreditation. Customers know it's a thorough process so they can be assured that we are committed to ethical fashion.

Teshani McManus

My current favourite item from Luna and Sun is our lightweight linen Ceylon Shirt in the colour seaweed. This shirt is so versatile and can be worn all throughout the year. They are a wardrobe staple, and I wear mine all the time! 

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Accredited Manufacturer Spotlight: Jac from five.one.six

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Accredited Manufacturer Spotlight: Jac from five.one.six

This is a featured post written by Jac at five.one.six, an Ethical Clothing Australia accredited manufacturer.

My name is Jacinta (Jac), and I’ve been running five.one.six since 2021 (it’s still a baby!). I started five.one.six hoping to meet the demand for small scale localised production, as well as to provide access to industrial grade facilities to support other small businesses. It’s been a privilege to facilitate this space and produce work for brands and people that I love.

I primarily work with small start-up brands based in Melbourne and currently work as a sole trader. It’s an honour to be a small yet important part of such a conveyor belt and watching this space grow has been the biggest joy. Melbourne has a relentlessly creative pulse – always on the next thing, always feeding itself.

This space has allowed me to elevate so much as an artist and assist others to achieve creative and technical outcomes for their own practices as well.

Jac Lombardozzi

My background is mostly in fashion, though I love to learn and take in as much as I can. My fashion studies (a Bachelor of Fashion [Design] [Honours] at RMIT University) were interrupted by the pandemic, which is why I decided to gain back some control and start my own business. It was the best decision I’ve made and at the most unexpected time.

I think it’s important for workers to be paid fairly through ethical manufacturing. The price of garments should reflect the true cost of manufacturing, and that we should respect the work that goes into production. Fast fashion brands often hide their unethical practices, and I think it’s important to fight against that trend. I believe in consuming more slowly and in a considered way.

I recently moved from my studio in Brunswick into a larger space in Fawkner. I’m renovating my new workspace to add a cutting room, as I’ve heard from businesses that they would love to have a cutting service available. five.one.six has plans to expand beyond sole trader ownership, so accreditation is important to me. I would love to hire a fabric cutter and another technician or machinist to assist with my bookings and production runs.

ECA is an integral part of making sure businesses like mine are stipulating industry regulations to make sure workers are being cared for and paid correctly, myself included. It’s all about regulating fair work.

Jac Lombardozzi