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OUR ETHICS

Nia Thomas is an ethically made, independent fashion brand founded in 2018. What she describes as a "autobiographical brand" was created for all beings who respect Mother Earth and all of her inhabitants. Collection after collection the goal remains the same: We stand for love in its highest form. More connection, affection, and vulnerability in this lifetime. Going back to our roots and primal ways of being through how we get dressed.


A born and bred New Yorker, Nia Thomas graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2017 with a Fashion Design bachelors degree. A year after graduation, she started a clothing line producing one-of-a-kind garments and eccentric jewelry inspired by her nomadic lifestyle.

“I take pride in being a part of a new generation of designers that believe in making work that is revolutionary in sustainable ethics and social commentary about the times we live in.”

Through her travels, Nia collects fabrics, trims, beads, pearls, and anything else she finds exquisitely interesting from all over the world. In locations such as Morocco, Peru, Mexico, Spain, Portugal and of course New York City. She looks first and foremost for quality. As well as time honored details that our customers come to love from us i.e. embroidery, hand weaved textiles, fibers hand dyed naturally with plants and luxurious yarn.

 

Socially Responsible Production

NIA THOMAS basics are locally made in NYC’s garment district by a small female led garment factory. Domestic manufacturing fosters a healthy local economy, bolsters national employment levels, creates a smaller carbon footprint, contributes less to pollution, and ensures that employees are treated fairly under the strict USA worker protection laws.

Our knitwear is produced ethically in Mexico and Hong Kong where she never produces more than 50 pieces to ensure that waste is minimized throughout the production of each garment.

Cellulose Based Fibers

Our designs are fabric focused with a majority made in cotton, mulesing free merino wool, bamboo viscose, responsible cashmere, TENCEL Modal and silk. We emphasize natural fiber fabrics not only because of its gentle touch to the skin, but also its biodegradable nature. Unlike synthetics fabrics, natural fiber fabrics have a way of breaking back down into the earth after your garment has lived a full life. We source high quality fabrics and test them for durability and feel, ensuring that our garments can be worn often and loved with use.

Plant Based Dyes

Recycled or deadstock fabric we encounter can often have a bland color, discolorations or stains. Instead of irresponsibly discarding of it we use compostable plant-based dyes made of our food scraps. These ingredients have been used for centuries and are much better for the skin. As well as better for the planet as synthetic dyes are laced with harmful chemicals that get poured back into our fragile ecosystems.

The plants we currently use are:

Indigo

Cochineal

Wild Marigolds

Tea bags

Brazil Wood

Pomegranate Skins

Walnut Husks