Nancy Dee is a sustainable and ethical company that can honestly boast: "Designed in Britain. Made in Britain." Created in 2008 by sisters Seraphina and Tamsin Davis, Nancy Dee's presents women not only with ethical contemporary classics, but versatile pieces that work in any season, for any occasion.
There are many perks for choosing local manufacturing. As noted on Nancy Dee's site, the company is able to provide jobs, promote specialist skills, talk directly to their makers, source materials from small businesses (often local), and ensure their clothes are being made ethically, under the high standards of the UK and EU restrictions.
This level of detail not only extends to the making of the garments, but the fabrics themselves. The majority of the fabrics used in Nancy Dee's designs are specially manufactured for the company. They opt for organic cotton, bamboo, Modal (and man-made material from beech wood), and other eco-textiles. They also repurpose and upcycle materials.
Though their styles are fashionable and have unique details here and there, Nancy Dee strives for timeless pieces. They want their clothes to have a long life, to transcend any season. They want the item to be worn at any time for any occasion. Even in the production of their eco-friendly, ethical fabrics, sustainability methods are put into place. They focus on minimizing fabric waste (finding ways to use and incorporate leftover fabric), they use acid-free tissue paper and recyclable cardboard tags and mailing boxes for their items, reduce the amount of print mail, and recycle all paper and printing waste.
The care put into the Nancy Dee brand can be seen in each product: the beautiful, one of a kind prints, the styles that work with almost every woman, and the great construction. This is a brand that I have a very long wish-list for, and I hope you will check out their whole line available online. Below is a curated selection of not only some of my favorite dresses, but a selection to show their use of color, prints, and structure. In addition to dresses, they make tops, jackets, shirts, and trousers. Each one is a piece that can fit with anyone's personal style and wardrobe.