Brown’s aesthetic draws from her time in Japan, where she lived and worked for 10 years. When Brown sat down with Fletcher to outline the brand’s core tenets, however, the concept of “reverence for life” rose to the fore.
“This respect for life is extended to three spheres,” Brown tells Ecouterre. “Human: working conditions, fair labor practices, foot health, and shoe comfort for wearers; animal: no materials derived from animal products; environment: minimum use of hazardous substances and non-renewable resources, low energy- and water-consuming materials and processes, and minimum waste production.”
Because of her team’s tireless efforts, Sydney Brown the brand, according to Sydney Brown the woman, is a constant work in process. As more innovative materials emerge, every new collection pushes the needle forward in a positive direction.
“We source many of the uppers in Italy and the technical fabrics are either Swiss or Dutch,” Brown says. “The wood is sustainably harvested California Alder wood or reclaimed wood that we source here in L.A..”
Eventually, the label plans to develop its own materials in Los Angeles itself. This, Brown says, would allow Sydney Brown a wider experimental berth—a “cradle to cradle” supply chain is the company’s goal—while creating less waste.
Despite its modest size, Sydney Brown is confident of its place in the fashion world. “I feel that we are filling a gap in the industry,” Brown tells us “For me, true luxury goods are consciously and sustainably made, with every detail deliberated upon, and that is what we are doing.”