“Since day one, back in 1986, as the head designer, founder and CEO of Andiata, I took the decision to do things right with a dedication to high-quality craftsmanship in order to create designs that will last for years to come. Designing products that have a timeless appeal, and which will last beautifully over the years – both in terms of style and quality.

Finnish nature has always been a significant source of inspiration for me. Its fresh air, wilderness and changing seasons. It has to be protected for our children, so that they too will be able to see the beauty of it. Sustainability is a continuous journey, a step by step process. Nevertheless me, my daughter and the whole Andiata team are committed together to become better at it, year after year.

It is our responsibility together to support a better future, and do our part in securing the tomorrow of our planet.”

Tarja Rantanen, Head designer and CEO

Manufacturing

Today, most of our designs are produced in Europe and a large part of our production is based in the Baltics. For the rest of our items, we work with carefully chosen manufacturers depending on the supplier expertise, the supply of materials, and in general when the option is appropriate for our designs and standards. We strive for long-term partnerships with subcontractors and manufacturers, as this guarantees reliability and mutual goals and values. We stand behind the things we consider important and strive to become better, one step at a time.

Design process

Our design ideology is to produce clothes, that one can wear from year to year, and pass on from mother to daughter. To create this highest quality craftsmanship, our design team works closely together with our own pattern makers and seamstresses at our design studio in Helsinki. We have also made the decision to release only two seasonal collections each year. In this way we can decrease our logistic needs and carbon footprint.

Materials

We aim to choose fabrics and materials with lowest environmental impact and to use more sustainable alternatives without compromising the beautiful, refined style our designs are known for. We have a collaboration with PYRATEX®, where we have designed pieces in Seaweed fabric. It is a company that develops new innovations within fiber and fabrics.

Recycling

Each year we aim to reduce the amount of packaging and plastic we consume. From the year 2020 onwards, all of our hangers are produced with recycled plastic, and our packaging bags are made of recycled plastic. We also have small and limited pieces made in surplus fabrics from previous seasons, so that no fabric goes to waste.

Our sustainable materials

This is where we are now – our aim is to increase the amount of sustainable fabrics within our collections each season. The usage of these materials vary depending on the time of the year.

Recycled polyamide

Polyamide is a light and durable synthetic material, that does not wrinkle easily. By using recycled polyamide in our products we can reduce our consumption from production operations. We continually strive to develop our material selections for the better and increase the share of recycled materials in our collections, to create increasingly sustainable fashion.

Triacetate

Our triacetate fabrics come from our trusted Japanese supplier. Triacetate is created by combining acetate with cellulose, resulting in a strong and durable fabric with a smooth finish. Triacetate does not wrinkle or pill easily, so it is easy to take care of and can be made into clothing that last for decades on. From AW22 onwards, we source triacetate that is Bluesign® certified.

Organic cotton & organic blends

Organic cotton is a more environmentally friendly alternative to regular cotton, as it requires less water and does not use genetically modified seeds or harmful chemicals and pesticides in its production. Therefore, it is safer for the soil and the ecosystem. Andiata uses GOTS-certified (Global Organic Textile Standard) organic cotton that has the smallest environmental impact. Our collections have products from 100% organic cotton as well as from organic cotton blends.

VISCOSE

Ecovero™ viscose is a branded fiber with low environmental impact. The fibers are derived from sustainable wood and pulp, coming from certified and controlled sources. The fibers have been certified with the EU ecolabel that is a label of environmental excellence that meets high environmental standards in all its processes: from raw material sourcing, to production, distribution and disposal.

RDS-certified down

Andiata only uses RDS-certified (Responsible Down Standard) down. The RDS-standard guarantees the fair treatment of animals, banning the gathering of down and feathers from live birds, and the force feeding of birds. An independent and certified auditor reviews each supply chain player individually, so the RDS-standard also guarantees the traceability and the origin of the down. Only products containing 100% of certified down are applicable to use the RDS-logo.

RWS CERTIFIED WOOL AND MERINO WOOL

RWS (Responsible Wool Standard) is a global standard which ensures the responsible practices in sheep farms and the welfare of sheep. Renewable and biodegradable merino wool is one the world´s finest wool qualities, as its fibers are softer than those of regular wool. Therefore, merino wool products are suited for people with sensitive skin.

Linen

The flax plant offers one of the most remarkable eco-friendly and biodegradable materials: linen. The tough flax plant can survive in poor soil and requires 60% less water than cotton. Farming flax does not require artificial irrigation, fertilizers, or pesticides, and therefore does not contribute to the pollution
of water bodies or groundwater. Additionally, different parts of the flax plant can be utilized, ensuring not a single part of the plant is wasted. High-quality linen clothing last for decades when cared for properly.