Sustainability Content

Totême stands for lasting style, quality and purpose. With an edited approach and transeasonal aesthetic, the ambition is to make it easier for the Totême woman to make conscious choices and build for longevity. It’s about narrowing down the options and curating a streamlined wardrobe that transcends trends.
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Through meticulous craftsmanship and methodic repetition, Totême refines and tweaks the wardrobe over time to reflect the changing needs of the Totême woman. Each collection builds upon the next and additions are made to complement, rather than reinvent, the wardrobe. This to curate an edit that is relevant and lasting in appearance, function and quality.

Totême follows the new developments within sustainability closely to make decisions that work in favor of people, animals and the planet. Minimizing the impact is an ongoing journey with no shortcuts, and the ultimate goal is to grow in a sustainable way.

Read the Sustainability FAQ below to learn more about Totême’s ambitions and what steps have been taken so far, or get in touch at sustainability@toteme-studio.com.


Sustainability FAQ

  • What is Totême's approach to sustainability?

Totême’s mission is to curate a streamlined transeasonal wardrobe by building on what’s already there. It’s about narrowing down the offering and perfecting each piece, but also to inspire the Totême woman to make conscious choices and build for longevity. Totême’s work begins and ends with the product: defining and developing quality pieces that fill a long-lived purpose in her wardrobe. 

  • Where are Totême's pieces produced?

Totême’s ready-to-wear is produced in Italy, Portugal, Turkey, Lithuania, Romania and China. The shoes and bags are made in Italy. There are around twenty suppliers in total: six in Portugal, seven in Italy, five in China, one in Lithuania, one in Turkey and one in Romania. The countries and factories chosen for manufacturing depend on the fabric or product category. Portugal, for example, has a long tradition of working with jersey, with a wide variety of yarn spinners and knitting mills. In China, Totême produces a lot of the more complicated pieces to make, eg. pieces with smock details, because of their high technical skills.

  • What is Totême's approach to fair production?

Totême works with a small number of carefully selected suppliers in order to guarantee fair production and quality in every step of the manufacturing chain. All partners and suppliers are required to comply with Totême’s Code of Conduct, and the team constantly evaluates their work to keep improving. Totême is a member of Fair Wear Foundation and works closely with the organization to ensure fair conditions in the full production chain.

  • What is Totême's approach to transparency?

Totême works actively to increase transparency throughout the supply chain. The aim is to reach full traceability for every piece – from raw materials to finished product – in 2025. Find Totême's full garment supplier list here, material supplier list here, and the manufacturer/main supplier on product level here.

  • What is Totême's approach to environmental sustainability?

The long-term goal is for environmental sustainability to be integrated into every aspect of the day-to-day work. All partners and suppliers meet with Totême’s quality and environmental standards and are obliged to align with Totême’s chemical contract.

Totême is a member of the Swedish Textile Initiative for Climate Action (STICA), whose expertise, combined with the joint experience of 40 member companies, helps in making decisions that work in favor of the climate. The Swedish Chemical Group (a partnership with the Swedish research institute, Rise) supports Totême with expertise around the latest chemical regulations and updates about future risk materials. We perform a chemical risk analysis on every collection where nominated products and materials are tested at independent laboratories.

Find STICA’s latest progress report here.

  • What is Totême's strategy around materials?

Totême works actively to make better material choices for every collection. The aim is to source 100% preferred materials by 2025. To reach this goal, Totême has developed an internal fiber tool, rating the fibers included in the collections on their environmental impact. The tool is created for the Design and Product team to better understand the impact of each fiber and to inform their choice of materials. It is based on insights from Totême’s material suppliers and Textile Exchange, a global nonprofit creating positive acceleration of preferred fibers in the global textile industry.

The fiber tool can be found here shortly.

  • What is Totême's approach to animal materials and welfare?

Animal materials are beautiful and durable and therefore important parts of Totême’s collections. Wool has a big share of the fiber portfolio, including mohair, cashmere, alpaca and merino wool, with regular sheep wool making up the biggest part. Totême demands that animals are treated correctly in the whole supply chain and all suppliers meet with the quality and animal compliance agreements in place. Totême has banned the use of mulesing, live plucking, and materials from endangered species, and all hides used are by-products from the food industry, i.e. never from animals raised only for their fur. The down used for jackets is recycled or from certified animal husbandry sources.

  • How do I best care for my Totême pieces?

With the right attention and care, your Totême pieces can last for many years. Find tips on storing, stain removal, washing and drying here.

  • What should I do with Totême pieces I no longer use?

Totême pieces that you no longer use can be sold on to someone else through your favorite fashion resale app.

  • What is Totême's approach to inclusivity?

Totême stands for inclusivity and strives to create a sense of belonging in the workplace. Whether it’s recruiting a new team member or casting a model for the next campaign, the ambition is to represent Totême’s global community and reflect the diversity of the world at large. Totême stands against any form of discrimination based on gender, race, sexuality and body type and are actively working to become a more inclusive workplace.