British ethical brand In-grid was founded by husband and wife team Adam Barclay, a graphic designer/photographer and Katie Barclay, one time buyer turned tailor, a little over a year ago. The brand specialises in white shirts, and has also expanded into dresses and bridalwear, applying its ethical and design principles to a wider audience.
White shirts were not the initial aim, but through a process of designing and then re-designing, it became apparent that shirts were the perfect platform in which to focus the duo’s detail driven design methodology on.
The mantra of In-grid is simple and based on sustainable, long-lasting styles that are the antidote to the throw-away, fast fashion culture – all handmade in England. “At in-grid we use locality as one of our major tools to lower our carbon footprint. By celebrating the skills that exist here in England we are able to build lasting relationships with talented people while simultaneously allowing us to closely monitor the well-being of the individuals making our garments,” says Adam Barclay, adding: “We are also dedicated to producing the best quality and long lasting garment as possible. By making something of genuine strength with a long life span, we can keep more clothes out of land fill.”
All fabrics are sourced from different corners of England – cottons are designed and weaved in the North of England, organic peace silks are designed and weaved in the South. All of the peace silks utilised in the collection are in their natural form, with no chemicals or dyes used.
The shirts and dresses are reminiscent of classic pieces, re-engineered to eliminate extraneous details through a process of reduction and refinement, with minimalist shapes at the core of each collection.