Whether it be the connection to the ocean where we reside and that gifts us with its beautiful colour palettes inspiring our collections, the connection we have with our makers – carefully and gently bringing our visions to life for our community of friends, family and customers, ‘CONNECTED’ defines our approach to the way that we conduct every part of our business. 

As a young company, we are working to allocate resources towards our responsible business journey, and in the aim of transparency, open our journey to you. Thank you for taking the time to connect with us here. 

 

“UNIK is essentially a representation of all of the elements we connect to, nature, friends, family, “colleagues/team/community”. That connection is the catalyst to the products we design. It’s a lifestyle, really.” – Elin Marcic, Co-Founder Unik

“Being connected is really about living harmoniously, with those around us, and with nature, this is a really important aspect for me personally. UNIK is a high vibration of the way that ultimately, I choose  to nurture my connections and the experience that I impart on others.” Luci Hassen, Co-Founder, UNIK.

“UNIK was created through a friendship between myself, Elin and Luci. Our curiosity for the Arts, nature and community has been a real inspiration and our design and production processes reflect the time that we take to connect with all of these elements. The approach we take is rooted in our belief of ensuring that we are able to keep positive and grounded, ensuring that we respect the way that we connect with others, and they connect with our brand.” – Camilla La Fleur, Co-Founder, UNIK.  

 

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”  Gary Snyder. 

 

MISSION & VISION 

Our UNIK way empowers not only the modern individual to challenge the status quo but adorns with a range of timeless, functional, and mindful pieces made to honour the connection to people and planet. Our responsible business journey has been  built on the foundations of Community & Longevity and our vision is to create clothing that values the thoughtful and considered art of design, creating an impact that will transcend the wardrobe. 

 

 

COMMUNITY

 Community is the heart of our brand. We create clothing for individuals to feel empowered and be empowered. Our culture is based on connecting closely with our makers, team, customers and wider community. Open dialogues and open minds help us to ensure that we are in line with our community and that we are able to design and produce with mindful and responsible practices in mind.  

 

 Makers 

Our journey at UNIK, has seen us partner with Artisans in Bali, Indonesia, an Island that captured our hearts with its majestic culture. 

Our main partner Roma, and her team of independent makers we met  almost 10 years ago, and have been working together since starting UNIKSPACE in 2018. Our pieces are carefully handmade by our small team of makers, and we only produce in very limited numbers.

Our approach is to work with Roma and the team collaboratively, growing and learning together. Producing in small numbers without big minimum orders gives us the possibility to grow our brand at our own pace, while also reduces unnecessary wastage and avoids overproduction, a big problem in today’s fashion climate. Roma oversee our entire production which includes everything from sourcing fabrics, developing new patterns, dyeing fabrics, and working closely with each maker to create the finished product. UNIKSPACE wouldn't be where it is today without the relationship we have developed with Roma and her team. We are forever grateful. 

 Our second partner is also based in Bali. We started our journey with them in 2021. They have a slightly bigger capacity and it felt like a natural addition to our manufacturing team. 

 To fulfill our responsible business vision, our community roadmap for our makers FY 2021 is:

 

Code of Conduct

 We have developed our Code of Conduct in line with the International Labour Organisation, and Ethical Trade Initiative.

 GOAL FY21: 100% signed by Tier 1 Makers

Supply Chain Mapping

 After endeavouring into training on the importance of transparency, we are working on mapping our supply chain. This is an interesting journey for us, and the makers we are working with, as they have never been asked to do this before. Our aim is to create better relationships, open communication and trust with our makers – and helping them change the way that they think about the supply chain too.

 GOAL FY21: 100% Tier 1 mapped   

In the aim of understanding and educating ourselves in working with Tier 1 Artisans, we will look to engage with organisations such as the Ethical Trade Initiative, International Labour Organisation and Better Work. This will help us form goals to develop our 2030 roadmap.

 

 

Animal Welfare  

As individuals we appreciate the role that animals and other species play in our eco-system and community. In that light we have also developed an Animal Welfare Policy, in line with standards set by Four Paws International, to reflect the expectations we have as a brand.

As part of our responsible business vision and journey, we have defined the following goals for ourselves:  

GOAL FY22: Ensure our shell buttons have full traceability and are ethically sourced

GOAL FY22: Ensure all brands stocked at UNIK are certified cruelty free 

GOAL FY23: Transition to 100% responsibly sourced silk

 

 

Diversity and Inclusion

 At UNIKSPACE we celebrate our differences. 

We realise that everyone brings a unique perspective through diverse experiences and that we are all one of a kind; UNIK. We want everyone who our business deals with to feel respected, accepted, valued, represented, and connected. We strive to generate a culture that is open and inclusive, regardless of race, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnicity, age, physical or mental ability, neurodiversity, or any other aspect which makes you unique. Being inclusive of all humanity enables us to be diverse and with diversity comes strength, and the power to break down the stereotypical inequalities in our society.

 Our Diversity & Inclusion Policy has been developed to guide us as we grow, and to keep these values close to our heart.

To read our full Diversity & Inclusion policy click here.  

 

 

LONGEVITY 

We have chosen the word longevity when it comes to our circular and environmental focuses, as we envision a fashion industry that is in harmony with nature, ensuring the longevity of this beautiful planet, as well as the clothing that we develop.

In order to fulfill our vision, our Longevity roadmap for 2022 is: 

Traceability 

As a collective, we have an inherent love and respect for our mother earth. As part of our recent sustainability training, we have become to understand the importance of tracing the fibres that we work with, including their chemical inputs. 

As part of this journey, we have developed our Preferred Fibres Portfolio which leans into transitioning and ensuring credible certification. 

GOAL FY22: transition conventional cotton to preferred fibre cotton. 

Chemicals

It’s important that our garments make and eave a minimal footprint, and we are dedicated to ensuring that there are no harmful chemicals utilised in our processes.

GOAL FY21: Identify chemical certifications for FY22 goals and roadmap  

Packaging

Leaning into nature and consumer behaviour, it is important that we utilise packaging that respects the natural world and is easy for our customers to recycle. 

GOAL FY21: 

1. Perform packaging audit 

2. Join Canopy Pack for Good commitment 

3. Join prAna Responsible Packaging Movement