A few minutes with Ruby Mulcahy, Cosmic's fashion buyer and fashion designer.
At Cosmic, we aim to provide New Zealand with a range of clothing that isn’t just cool, it is also good. Good for the planet, good for the people, and ultimately providing a good alternative to fast fashion. Cosmic Hemp is our very own organic hemp cotton basics line, which I began working on in 2016. Designed as simple building blocks, to help you create a sustainable everyday wardrobe.
Where does your inspiration come from?
I am inspired by the people who come into our stores, be they customers or staff. They deserve to have products that have been thoughtfully considered available as a choice for them, I don’t want to import anything into New Zealand that doesn’t have a good reason to be here.
I bike to and from work most days, so our latest colour palette was inspired by the colours in the sky and hills that I see as I bike home in the evening. Our home is endlessly inspiring, but I do feel concerned that our children in the future will not have the same access to this.
Mountains of plastic and oil based clothing waste are filling up landfills in New Zealand, by providing long lasting biodegradable garments we can help to minimise this problem.
Cosmic Hemp garments are all made from highly biodegradable hemp cotton fabric blends.
When composted, hemp cotton material decomposes really quickly; within as little time as a week and usually within 5 months.
Where do we source the fabric?
All Cosmic Hemp products are designed here in New Zealand and made in China, in a carefully chosen factory specializing in producing eco-friendly products from natural materials, such as hemp, organic cotton and bamboo fabrics.
All fabrics used in Cosmic Hemp are certified organic by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). This means the raw materials are farmed without the use of dangerous chemicals, pesticides, fertilisers or genetically modified seeds. By using only certified organic fabrics, the health of all people involved in the supply chain is improved, and local communities benefit from relatively clean water and food supplies..
This certification is also a regulator of social criteria. As our manufacturers are certified, this ensures that they must pay their workers a fair wage, working conditions are safe and workers' hours are not excessive, and use absolutely no child labour.
How do you come up with the designs?
I wanted to create accessible, non gender specific designs that were easy for customers to integrate into their wardrobe, prioritising comfortable shapes and making it as easy as possible to choose an eco friendly choice. These ranges are designed to be trans-seasonal, created for your life, not just next week’s trend.
Cosmic Fashion Designer and Buyer