Classic clothes, made in Australia.
Ethically made. Locally made. Made to order. Minimal waste. Sustainable. Transparent. Charitable.
SAINT designs classic clothes to be the core pieces of your wardrobe. Minimal in colour and design – to pare back with the rest of your thrifted/designer pieces. To wear time and time again and to be the mainstays in your wardrobe for many years to come.
SAINT is located and manufactured in Newcastle, NSW.
Who makes your clothes?
All clothes are made in house by the designer Laura Howard.
Can you share a little more about your values?
The clothing is entirely made in house, in Newcastle. The fabrics selected for the brand are exclusively natural fabrics, including kangaroo leather for the handbag (the most sustainable leather in the world!). I also opted to use organic cotton rather than conventional cotton for a myriad of reasons. The silk scraps are used to sew silk scrunchies which are also available to purchase on the online store and in a handful of local boutiques. I have chosen to use vintage buttons to begin with – there is so many out there!
For the transparent piece; I often show videos on SAINTs Instagram account @saintthestore showing behind the scenes of how the clothing is made and all of the elements that go into making the garments. I hold sustainability practices close to my heart and they have been intentionally built into the DNA of the brand.
Which particular fabrics do you use?
Exclusively natural fabrics through and through! The main fabrics used at SAINT are: silk, wool, merino wool, organic cotton, waxed cotton and kangaroo leather. Natural fabrics are superior to wear (breathability, great for sensitive skin types, and best for the environment! These materials will degrade via compost at the end of their life).
Any extra efforts you make at SAINT that you can share?
Australian made clothing is unquestionably more expensive; I believe that if you can afford it —I do realise it’s a privilege to shop this way— it’s far better for your wardrobe, the environment, the economy (keeping wages in Australia, and helps boost Australian manufacturing industry. )
‘Buy well, Buy once’
Can you share some labels you admire?
I have forever loved The Row for classic shapes, minimal colour palette and the finest craftsmanship. You cannot beat quality fabric and construction.
Price guide: $200 – 300 up to $300 – 500
Size guide: 4 – 16
Want to get in touch with SAINT:
& coming soon… a showroom on Hunter St, Newcastle