Heritage and Sustainability With GANT

Monday, September 30, 2019

Heritage and Sustainability With GANT

GANT Shirt c/o (sold out, similar) | Veronica Beard Jeans with Frayed Hem (sold out, similar) | Cuyana Work Clutch | Sam Edelman Black Pumps | Chan Luu Gold-Plated Pearl & Crystal Earrings (sold out, similar) | Cole Haan Aviator Sunglasses

Oh hello Fall! I mean, seriously, how is it already the last day of September?! As October appears tomorrow, Seattle is full swing into fall (winter?!) mode. The leaves are changing colors, the air is crisp, the temperatures have dropped and everyone is sporting fall fashion on the streets of the City.

Although it's crisp and cold, the sun is shining in Seattle and it's definitely feeling like coat weather is on the way. For now, it's time for button down shirts, sweaters, denim and closed-toed shoes. Sandals season is by far my favorite, so it's a bit hard to see that go in place of sweater weather, but I do love fall fashion!

For a recent neighborhood walk, I reached into my closet for a beautiful button-down shirt from GANT. This button down shirt is just the softest, as well as the prettiest blue, and one I have found I reach for quite often. Tied in the front (a french tuck would have also been perfect) and styled with jeans, classic black heels, a Cuyana Work Clutch and my go-to aviator sunglasses, I already know this will become an outfit repeater!

In 2019, GANT celebrates 70 years of innovation and shaping modern American sportswear. Seven decades after this iconic brand's beginnings, the GANT button-down shirt remains a preppy icon. Committed to sustainability, GANT believes the conscious, sustainable approach to designing beautiful products is the future of good business. That climate should never come second to fashion. And in taking responsibility and real action towards creating a more sustainable business. Yes, yes and yes!

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Heritage and Sustainability With GANT

Founded in New Haven, Connecticut (at the time upscale New Haven was one of America's capitals of clothing manufacturing), heritage brand GANT has been making shirts since 1949 and began as a dream to make high quality shirts available to the masses. 

During the 1960's GANT  made the Yale co-op shirt exclusively for the store on Yale's campus and invented a daring new look, sparking the Oxford Color Explosion, by developing boldly-colored shirts in unusual fabrics such as Madras, candy-stripe and tartan, which were in tune with the revolutionary mood of the sixties!

Driven by the idea of "Never Stop Learning," in addition to button down shirts, GANT now also carries sweaters, blazers, sweatshirts, outerwear, pants, dresses and more!

Heritage and Sustainability With GANT


In February 2019 GANT joined industry leaders in signing the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. With this, they expressed their effort and commitment in implementing the goals of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

A commitment for climate action, the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action convened fashion stakeholders to develop a unified position on climate, including a vision to achieve net-zero emission by 2050. As a global company, GANT aims to be apart of a global partnership for climate action and supports this commitment!

Since 2018, GANT has also partnered with SEAQUAL and fishermen of the Mediterranean to remove some of the 165 million tons of plastic floating in our oceans, and upcycle it into yarn for their shirts. GANT is also a member of the Better Cotton Initiative(BCI), the world's largest non-profit organization working to secure a more sustainable future for the cotton sector.

BCI-licensed farmers are educated to implement more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable production practices. This includes using water more efficiently, minimizing the use of chemicals and negative effects of pesticides, and improving livelihoods and economic development for cotton growers.

Building long-term relationships with their suppliers has always formed a natural part of GANT's heritage; Gant believes in mutually respectful, cross-cultural communication and engaging in open dialogue to ensure that their sustainability continues to improve!

Heritage and Sustainability With GANT

GANT is a member of the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), an international drive founded by the Foreign Trade Association (FTA) to improve working conditions in the global supply chain. Through BSCI, a common code of conduct is shared with 600 companies to regulate working environment issues including workplace health and safety, working hours, industrial compensation and the prohibition of child labor.

GANT also partners with with Waterkeeper Alliance, the largest and fastest-growing non-profit focused solely on clean water, through an annual charitable contribution. The goal is to help protect drinkable, fishable and swimmable water around the globe, through combating issues such as pollution and climate change.

Additionally, GANT ensures their clothes meet human ecological requirements with no toxic effects on the body. To ensure their clothes are free from hazardous chemicals, suppliers must commit to GANT ecological requirments based on Oeko-Tex 100 standard and REACH (the European legislation regarding chemicals in products and production processes.)

Heritage and Sustainability With GANT

GANT has a zero tolerance policy for any abuse of human rights. GANT recognizes that they can contribute to the development of a sustainable society, in which there is no place for modern slavery (servitude, forced or compulsory labor, human trafficking) and an issue they take seriously.

Additionally, GANT has set up an internal and supplier code of conduct established in accordance with OECD, the International Labour Organization's conventions and recommendations, the United Nations Global Compact, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Conventions on the Rights of the Child and Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. By signing the code of conduct, companies and suppliers commit to the social and environmental standards laid down in the code and take measures to ensure implementation and compliance, as well as observed by subcontractors.

Could GANT become the next leading sustainable lifestyle brand? I think there's a good chance of that! For sure, they are definately one to watch and a great addition for a more sustinable closet!


Heritage and Sustainability With GANT

Photography: Jenn Haskins of Hello Rigby

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