Eight Hour Studio - Melbourne, Australia
Eight Hour Studio beautifully fuse thousand-year-old printing technique with a contemporary, modern edge using high quality, silky soft organic cotton, fair trade labour practices and slow fashion ethics. Eight Hour Studio supply chain provides safe, sustainable and respectful work environment.
The original concept for Eight Hour Studio was born out of a love for traditional Indian woodblock printing methods and the desire to create an enterprise that was local yet global, socially responsible and environmentally aware. Husband and wife duo wanted to create something that reflected their multi-cultural heritage - born in India and Zambia respectively and living in Zambia, the UK and Australia.
After a lot of research and hard work, founder Sonia Padam, launched Eight Hour Studio in early 2015. Their range of organic cotton luxury wear is beautiful and elegant enough to be worn as loungewear, holiday wear, beachwear and sleepwear.
The inspiration behind the name Eight Hour Studio came from their thoughts about a balanced Eight Hour day of work, play and sleep. The Studio is where the creative magic happens and reflects the design and craftsmanship behind the brand. While Sonia and her husband appreciate how hard it is to achieve the eight-hour balance, they want their clothes to be thought of as a luxurious, indulgent complement to each part of the day, every day.
Inspired by the gorgeous fabrics and hand block prints discovered on their travels to India, Eight Hour Studio create stylish, contemporary and unique designs using high quality, silky soft organic cotton, fair trade labour practices and slow fashion ethics. They work with like-minded partners towards a longer-term goal of supporting community projects that matter.
Their dream is to eventually work with craftspeople from different parts of the world to create a lifestyle brand that can meet customers every need while giving them confidence that they are making a positive impact on the world while wearing and using great quality and unique products.
Eight Hour Studio collection beautifully fuse a thousand-year-old printing technique with a contemporary, slow fashion edge. The art of hand block printing is slowly dying out as printers cannot compete with factories and modern manufacturing techniques. At Eight Hour, they do their bit to preserve this incredible craft, making many visits to their production partners in Jaipur to oversee the process and craftsmanship involved at every step.
By using 100% GOTS certified organic cotton with a satin finish to create their products, each piece is soft, comfortable and luxurious, yet light enough to feel like a second skin. When it comes to the construction of their garments, numerous revisions of the cuts occurred before they felt they had achieved exactly what they wanted. The result is relaxed, stylish and effortless pieces with unique prints and design features, immaculate finishes and exquisite attention to detail.
CRAFTSMANSHIP & ETHICS
The first step in creating these collections is to design the prints. Artisans then hand carve these designs out of wood blocks, often teak, and the printers make hand-pressed repeat prints on long lengths of fabric. Each block print is matched up by eye; the printers knows the amount of pressure required to get the best result. If more than one colour is required per print, a different block needs to be created per colour and these are layered on top of one another. They use AZO-free dyes, many of which are vegetable-based with no heavy-metal mordants.
The printing process requires great skill and precision. Once the fabric has been printed and dried in the open air, it is taken to the production unit to be cut and stitched. The unit operates using fair labour standards to provide the highest quality products whilst ensuring everyone in the Eight Hour Studio supply chain is paid and treated fairly with a safe, sustainable and respectful work environment. The production unit is not only about commerce – it is about building and supporting local communities.
At Eight Hour Studio, they use a fair trade supplier, Mehera Shaw, whose eponymous Foundation Trust works specifically with artisans to develop upcycled textile products, and to create co-operative, micro-social enterprise and mentor-based education and training centres for artisan communities.