Zero Waste fashion
At tonlé, they see fashion differently – from the way, it’s made to the way it’s worn. They see it as encouraging the unique in everyone who touches our clothing, from maker to wearer.
Their process starts with scrap waste sourced from mass clothing manufacturers. Using every last thread, they create handmade clothing and accessories signed by their Cambodian makers.
The journey of a tonlé product begins in an unlikely place: a heaping pile of factory scrap material. Their design team frequents the remnant material markets to scavenge through piles of factory castoffs before they end up in landfills.
Creativity is key, as size, colour, texture, and material continually vary. But they don’t stop there. tonlé designers work side by side with the production team to plan collections that incorporate even the tiniest scraps into original looks. Their excess fabric strips are tediously hand cut and individually sewn back into yarn. The yarn is then knit and woven into new pieces; articles of clothing made from twice-recycled fabric.
Working in this fashion leaves 2-3% waste, which is pretty good, considering a typical factory can average 40%. But they weren’t satisfied. This led them to pioneer a formula for making their own recycled paper, which combines tiny scraps of fabric, paper left from their office and pattern making, and natural glue. This closed the loop in their production and brought their waste down to nil.
When you purchase a tonlé product, check for tiny threads in your hangtag and know that it was put there with both you and our planet in mind.
Their family of employees is made up of individuals with spirit, drive and dreams. Together, they’ve built a supportive environment where everyone expresses themselves freely, learns new skills, and gains confidence in what they do.
They believe style is more than what you wear – it’s what you choose to be a part of. When you buy tonlé, you're buying one-of-a-kind clothes that carry meaning across cultures and continents.
tonlé. Every thread matters.