Hello, this is us.
Nathalie & Uschi the team behind better full stop. better. was founded in 2016 and offers ethically made fashion and lifestyle accessories.
During her studies for a degree in Fashion and Textile Management in Hamburg, Germany, Nathalie realised that fast fashion is unkind to people & the planet, so decided to do something about it. She moved to the UK and expanded her knowledge by studying for a Master's degree in Ethical Fashion.
Let's make things better she suggested to her mum and after a lot of research, they found the first suitable yarns made from recycled fibres, out of which Uschi - being an experienced, creative needle-worker - created the first better. collection.
At better. we create beautifully handmade / locally made accessories, home and lifestyle products. We only work with small manufacturers in the UK, combining timeless design with traditional skills and better materials. Every product has a story. Keep an eye on our blog here where we will be sharing some of these stories.
All better. collections are:
- responsibly made in the UK
- made from recycled materials
- timeless and durable styles that last (#slowfashion)
- not about fast fashion and mass production but pieces to treasure
- small production runs
- Transparent about who is making our products and where / where the yarns and materials that we are using are made (#rememberwhomadethem #imadeyourclothes)
- produced right here at the better. studio in Dorset or as close to us as possible to support local industry here in the UK
- preserving traditional crafts and industry - some of our collection is handmade right here in Dorset.
- using waste to make something new - we want to help divert waste from landfill
- dedicated to make fast fashion become a thing of the past
- made in the belief that buying fewer but better products is more sustainable
- helping to reduce pollution & resource use
In the days of large corporate business, we believe there is a place and need for smaller businesses to offer something different. Wherever possible we use European suppliers for our materials and produce our goods in the UK, as close to our studio as possible. We work with yarn and fabric suppliers in Portugal, Italy and Spain. We manufacture the finished products in the UK. Either right here in Dorset and in the beautiful cities of Nottingham and Edinburgh. We like to work with social enterprises and small-scale manufacturers.
"We spent a long time searching for manufacturers here in the UK that are able to make smaller runs for their customers, which most of the large knitwear manufacturers are not able to do. We also had to do the same for our yarn / material suppliers - it has not been easy for our little brand to find suppliers that offer more sustainable yarns / materials and are willing to accept much smaller order quantities."
We don't want to be part of the poor treatment of the fashion industries workers and its negative environmental impact. If you are interested in reading more about the issue of fast fashion please follow our blog where we will be covering different topics concerning this subject.
Let's make things better.
Uschi & Nathalie
“We make beautiful timeless products without relying on precious natural resources. There is too much waste in the world and we feel that it is more responsible to use this resource to make our accessories. Our hats and scarves for example are entirely made from recycled fibres."
"We think it is important that our products are made to a high standard, ensuring they last for a long time for you to enjoy. We preserve traditional crafts and industry and produce our accessories in a socially responsible way, which respects the environment and all living creatures.”
Farid G. - Customer Buyagift Sustainable Christmas Market 2019
“I was just looking at the hat we got at the Sustainable Christmas Market, and wanted to say thank you again for doing what you do - it does cheer me up everytime I see passionate small business owners, especially the ones that also do contribute to the wellbeing of our planet. Also my girlfriend loves the hat and has not stopped wearing it since Sunday!”
Nikki @ Ethicly.
“better. is a Dorset based contemporary accessories brand with
a focus on sustainability, Founded by Uschi and Nathalie, a mother daughter combo, their mission is clear and simple - to make fashion better full stop. Their range of funky knits is entirely made from recycled fibres and recovered materials. Handmade and packaged in completely recyclable packaging too, the brand delivers on every level of sustainability and ethics.”
"Better Full Stop’s unisex hats are crafted from yarn that is made from 100% recycled fibres, making them eco-friendly, soft and so cosy to wear. Every inch of Better Full Stop’s extensive, stylish accessories collection is lovingly hand made in the UK."