Taiyo is a philosophy-first sustainable womenswear clothing brand that drops one outfit at a time. They were born out of a philosophy derived from many books, gurus, and practices, promoting and empowering an intentional, fulfilling way of life.
Their mission is to provide pieces that marry your values with your aesthetic. And far and beyond that they aim to promote an intentional way of living, helping to build yourself strong to build the world strong.
All Taiyo pieces are made from deadstock and recycled materials, and are ethically made in Los Angeles, CA. They are a Remake certified sustainable brand.
About Recycled Cotton
Taiyo use a mill in LA called Toki Sen, which functions on a policy of “symbiosis with nature,” meaning they manufacture with ecological considerations and promotion of oil removal. The mill is a member of BCP (Better Cotton Platform). They use TSURI knitting machines that move in a slow ticking motion to produce old fashioned, high quality stitches, literally weaving air into the fabric which gives you an incredibly soft and beautiful texture that is impossible to reproduce on modern day machines. This traditional method has been slowly developed over 100+ years with thought and intention, and great attention to detail.
Toki Sen uses “fallen cotton” which means they use old clothing such as second-hand clothing or cutting wastage, and return it to a raw cotton form. To do so, they “fluff” the material, meaning a machine breaks the weave of the previously made clothing. The making process of the newly recycled fabric has a very low carbon footprint, as the result is a combination of experienced artisanal skill and the traditional Japanese techniques used, referred to as “slow vintage.”
Additionally, a portion of Taiyo's fabric purchase for their Luna Dress went to Burkina Faso, which contributes to the healthy development of the country through the ethical purchase of cotton grown in Burkina Faso in West Africa. A portion also goes to support medical care and education through the Japan Burkina Faso Friendship Association.