HANDSOM was founded in late 2009 by British couple Henry Allum and Sam Rush. Combining the two designers backgrounds in fashion and product design, each collection balances contemporary design, with considered functionality, and a focus on the everyday.
Since its inception, the brand has evolved to develop a signature look that is understated yet confident, which has steadily and quietly gained a following both locally and internationally. The first HANDSOM store opened its doors in Melbourne, in October 2012. It is from here that the brand is based, with headquarters and design studio situated above the store.
Contemporary and timeless – the HANDSOM brand is trend aware, not trend driven; it stands for clean design, and unpretentious fashion – summed up quite simply by the brand’s mantra: “We make nice clothes.”
Our Factories & Processes
At HANDSOM we proudly produce our garments in small, family-owned and operated factories based in Indonesia, Hong Kong and South China – with whom we have been working with since 2010, and have very close relationships with.
Our Indonesian factories are small-scale, family-run businesses, comprised of skilled craftsmen – committed to producing high quality garments. All our factory employees are skilled professionals, who are paid a fair wage.
Modern, ethical practices are employed by all of our factories. Our factories in Hong Kong / China participate in an annual SMETA audit, which focuses on labour standards, health and safety, the environment, and business ethics. Our factories have a 100% pass rate. All employees receive paid holiday, sick pay, and insurance cover. Employees hold regular meetings, and an elected representative communicates feedback or issues to management to be addressed.
Our fabrics are sourced from Japan, Korea, Europe, Hong Kong, China and Indonesia, through a handful of reputable mills with whom we have also been working with for a number of years.
Our garments are packaged in biodegradable bags made from cornstarch – instead of plastic – and where possible we ship via sea cargo to reduce our carbon footprint.
Our small-scale production allows us to take advantage of deadstock fabrics, and ends of rolls – minimising waste. Where possible we aim to use organic and/or recycled fabrics, and incorporate sustainable materials such as bamboo and lyocell (in the form of Tencel) into our collections. We use non-toxic dyes and eco-friendly printing techniques. Our factories aim to minimise their impact on the environment by using biodegradable or recyclable packaging, and unavoidable waste is disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.
Our knitwear is made from pure merino wool and/or wool-cashmere blends. These yarns come from Australia, New Zealand or Mongolia and are sustainably farmed. Animal welfare is a core part of our / our supplier’s values, whose fibre sourcing team ensure that all animal derived hair, such as angora, cashmere, mohair and wool, is obtained from sources who maintain the highest possible standards of animal welfare. We / our suppliers do not source or use animal fibres obtained by live plucking or skinning, and no animals are slaughtered specifically for the production of any of our products. Animal fibres are responsibly harvested by clipping, shearing and by natural shedding.
If you have any further questions regarding our production processes, please get in touch.