At MOP, our design process starts with our materials, considering the supply chain, longevity and any fabric limitations right from the outset of designing a garment.

We are constantly looking at material innovations, and working out what is the best possible practice for the products. This is an ongoing process - we’re always learning, asking questions and trying to make best possible decisions for both longevity and environmental impact.

All of our trims comply to REACH Standards and the dyes in our fabrics are all Oeko-tex certified.

Learn more about our staple materials below:

Non-Mulesed Wool
(used for our coats and knitwear)

Wool is a staple fibre in our collection as it has so many important properties; it is a non polluting, recyclable, infinitely renewable and durable fibre.

We categorically refuse to use any wool products where the sheep have been mulesed. Mulesing is a cruel and painful way of removing a sheep’s skin that has become infested with flies, without using any pain relief or anaesthetic. We believe there are much more humane ways of doing this.

We currently buy our wool coating from a mill in the mountains of Portugal where the sheep are free to roam the upper plateaus of the Serra da Estrela. They make sure that the animals are treated well and live happily. The sheep are shorn manually, which ensures the sheep are not distressed.

For our knitwear, we aim to always use Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) certified wool, which means the farmers and ranchers have met stringent animal welfare, land management, and social requirements.

Organic Cotton
(used for our tops & shirts, sweatshirts, trousers & skirts, dresses, denim)

We aim to only buy certified organic cotton. Conventional cotton production is incredibly harmful to the environment and the cotton growers for many reasons; from its huge water consumption to its use of highly dangerous pesticides. Pesticides that are used in non-organic farming contaminate water supply and surrounding land, endangering animals and their natural habitats.

Organic cotton is pesticide free and requires less water, so better all round. It is important to us that the strict social and environmental criteria are monitored throughout the process. The majority of cotton farmers live and work in the developing world where there are no regulations that ensure these farmers are paid a decent wage. Our organic cotton is bought under the GOTS certification. We recognise that while cotton (even in its organic form) puts a strain on the earth’s resources, but by ensuring we buy certified organic we know that it has been grown without pesticides, using less water, and by farmers monitored under strict social and environmental criteria.

TENCEL™ Lyocell Fibres & TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™
(used across our tops, trousers & skirts, dresses, coats)

TENCEL™is a branded cellulosic fibre of botanic origin (it comes from trees). It’s compostable, biodegradable, and super soft - making it perfect for our MOP dresses. We buy our TENCEL™ Lyocell from Lenzing Group, which ensures the fibres are from responsibly grown wood and produced in a closed loop process. We also use TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™ - a pioneering technology where pre-consumer cotton scraps are recycled and mixed with virgin TENCEL ™ to create new fabric, reducing the amount of new fibre needed to make cloth.

Recycled Synthetic Materials
(used in our knitwear and some dress styles)

When no natural or botanic alternative can be found, we use strictly recycled synthetics, such as recycled nylon. This ensures that we are reusing what is already considered waste.

We look for the Global Recycled Standard certification when buying our recycled fibres.

(used for the lining of our coats)

Cupro is a semi-synthetic 'regenerated cellulose' fabric, made from cotton waste fibres that are too small to spin. As a by-product of cotton production, Cupro is a recycled textile. The Cupro we use is produced in Italy.

Faux pearls
(used in our Pearl Details collection)

Our signature faux pearls are made of plastic and we are currently looking at new innovations and options to increase the recycled content. Watch this space.

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