Visi-Billi-ty: fashion supply chain transparency
Lack of transparency in the garment and apparel sector is a major issue which negatively affects workers as lack of transparency gives rise to exploitative working conditions. Lack of transparency until recently has been the norm, but we still have a long way to go, which is why it is time for a fashion revolution.
As a purpose-led business, we want to be as transparent with you as possible about our processes, practices and pricing. That’s why we have created this page dedicated to all your transparency queries and qualms. Because our supply chain should be transparent. Your leggings shouldn’t.
Supply chain traceability
To advance fashion supply chain transparency in the hosiery industry, we are participating in the Open Apparel Registry (OAR). The Open Apparel Registry is a technology that helps fashion brands cultivate supply chain disclosure. They do this by transforming complex and inconsistent data about their factories into structured datasets. These insights are made freely available to consumers, NGOs, researchers, investors and all other stakeholders.
You can trace our direct suppliers' locations using the interactive map below and find out more information about their sustainable materials and practices here.
You may have noticed that we have not published information about our partnership with our final production stage manufacturer. This is because they are our unique partner who knows all the tricks of the trade that make our tights so desirable. However, we can tell you that they are based in Castel Goffredo, Italy and far exceed regulatory requirements.
The working environment of our manufacturer is also monitored through periodic SMETA audits (Sedex Member Ethical Trade Audit), ensuring that best practices are adopted in terms of ethical and responsible business.
Meet Luca, one of the people who makes our tights. Based in Castel Goffredo, Italy - the heart of high-quality hosiery manufacturing, Luca makes sure that your tights are in tip-top shape.
At Billi London, we are blessed to have a close relationship with our manufacturers. It is partnerships like these built on care and respect for workers that we must make the norm in the fashion industry. Do you know who makes your tights?
You can learn more about our manufacturer's compliance with OEKO-TEX, GRS, ZDHC standards on our sustainability page. Oh and did we mention - they are powered by 100% green energy?
We have also published information about our packaging suppliers which you can find here.
Our cost breakdown
We offer a fair price for customers that is set according to our use of enhanced biodegradable yarns. Like any innovation, the costs for R&D are substantial. However, we want you to know how our pricing is set, which is why we are providing you with an easy-to-understand cost breakdown below.
*Please note that the above shipping cost is an average cost between the UK and European countries that are at our expense.
We currently have the ability to take care of the logistical operations of the business which allows us to reinvest a little more in the development of the brand and to communicate the novelty of our approach.
However, there may come a time when we won't be able to manage all new orders and shipments. We will then have to use a logistics platform, which will increase the cost of our tights. We hope by that time that our sales volumes will be sizable, which will enable us to earmark funding to continue investing in the development of Billi.
Profit margins are not an end but a means allowing us to finance the business development of Billi London and invest in research and innovation in order to offer you the best products on the market. This has been our strategy since the founding of Billi London: quality comes first.
Development requires testing phases that are at times challenging. For example, ideas don't always work out as envisioned and sometimes need to be abandoned.
It is, therefore, important to have funding to research possibilities for innovation. This gives us the ability to select the best alternative that is feasible and delivers a positive environmental impact. Our sensual, biodegradable tights are the result.