Made of pure materials like leather, silk and cashmere, each of the pieces is a masterpiece: authentic, purely designed, manufactured fair and with high excellence by using traditional techniques. TRACED GOODS creates its unique signature by blending traditional craft with modern design and technology.
It is an everyday gift to wear our pieces.
Join our journey to Nepal, India, Mongolia and Italy…
TRAVEL, EXPERIENCE A TOUCH OF NATURE, FEEL PURE.
We believe in local projects with a global design to expand endurance of each piece & sell unique fashion with a history behind. Our Master Tailors work on each item with care and high excellence in proper ateliers in Nepal, India and Italy.
TRACED GOODS – since 2011 was founded by Ester Leontine Wiersma
She grew up in the neighborhood of Amsterdam but already from a younger age she travelled a lot around the globe.
“I travelled and had an eye on cultures, and on the impact of production and economical wellfare. Also, I saw the history behind products: how did raw material finally ended up into a product? Nowadays, what fascinates me the most, before a product will be sold, is more in terms of: does it get its respect and well deserved history at the new owner? In general, we can be more caring for our properties.”
“My mother’s family has roots in the valleys of South Africa; they build their own farm, with cows and so on – developing their own milk, cheese and vegetable production. I was always fascinated by the way that in history we humans as survivors started importing all kinds of products and later, started turning these into concepts, consumer products and finally into interacting consumer communities. I decided to put my heart into developing TRACED GOODS”.
The meaning of fair products
“As an entrepreneur – during production trips – I saw factory locations of mass apparel brands and I sometimes was shocked by the way that “people” and “planet” were actually not even involved in decisions about production processes that were made. Often time was a killing element, and this putted a high pressure on fast work and on the workers working overtimes in textile factories, tanneries, and so on. This made me decide to look for help.”
“As a young and innovative fashion label I talked about where and what we could do to improve working conditions and safety of workers in textile factories. Understanding the processes behind is the only way to act more responsible in terms of labour, materials, use of water, energy and waste.”
“Next to that, we pursue quality. Quality comes from finest craftsman work, in combination with high end and long lasting materials. Long lasting is at the same time sustainable: it will keep its value!”
“In the end this is where for me a definition is found for sustainable fashion: With full respect and understanding for People and the Planet , but bringing history along with each item. We cannot do all 100% Good everywhere. But we need to start asking ourselves and people around us: What is important for me, and what sense does buying this product makes for me? Often that will be a combination of a want-to-have gadget with the fact that it’s made carefully, by hand and has a unique story. People still want to buy things they are both visually and mentally attracted to.”
“I love craftsmans work and for me these authentic weavers and tailors are so amazing to work with. We have some processes in leather and wool which are done already for hundreds of years and sometimes this is the essence of fair and good production: to save and capture culture and tradition as well.”
“Its our task to work on the history of goods and the coming of new and “good” goods – not only by doing a better production, but also by teaching customers how they can re-invent their wardrobe, their properties and the way they use them.”
Each item of Traced Goods is authentic and manufactured by using traditional techniques. Some techniques are already used for more than 100 years! We blend traditional craft with modern design and technology.
Short, closed supply chains
Traced Goods believes in short, closed supply chains. We know exactly where and by who our products are made. We think it is very important to have close contact with the factories where we produce.
We work close together with our suppliers and strive for complete transparency in our supply chains and production. This helps us to ensure that our products are made under good and healthy working conditions. It also enables us to have insight in which aspects of the production and supply chain could be improved, in order to produce more sustainably and environmentally friendly.
The fashion industry is known to be one of the most polluting industries. Traced Goods wants to reduce this environmental pollution by producing in as environmentally friendly as possible. Our leather products are tanned Wet White, which is the most sustainable way to tan at the moment.
Traced Goods tries to creates minimum waste by using natural raw materials and avoid hazardous chemicals in the production processes.
Traced Goods highly prioritises traceability in the supply chain. We want to know where our raw materials come from. This can be a challenge sometimes but is not impossible. We work closely together with the herders in Mongolia, that provide us the leather hides for our leather products.
Animal friendly life
A lot of our clothing is made of fibres that come from animals, such as leather and wool. The animals that provide leather and wool should be treated in an animal friendly way. The hides for our leather products come from animals have a good life and graze freely in Mongolia. The wool we source come from animals that are not harmed during their life.
Good working conditions
The master tailors that are responsible for the production of our products, work under good and healthy working conditions in proper ateliers. We ensure the code of conduct is respected through visits, audits and self-assessments.
No one is perfect
Fair and sustainable fashion is all about development and finding opportunities for improvement. No one is perfect and so are the factories where fashion is produced. The key is not to look away but to improve the way of production in a more sustainable way. We as a brand take our responsibility and give our input in producing fair and sustainable fashion.