We hand source high quality clothing from all over the world with three key points in mind: quality, durability and versatility. We have a wide international network of partners which gives us access to an amazing collection of finds and designer items.
Each piece is graded based on the condition of the garment, details of the grading are found below:
A grade — perfect pre loved condition, no visible faults.
B grade — nearly perfect condition, small signs of wear.
C grade - good condition, some imperfections visible that do not take away from the overall look of the garment.
Close attention is given to ensure we select the highest quality with little to no signs of wear. However, some items do require restoration and care, like anything in life.
Where needed, we use an environmentally friendly, solvent-free “dry-cleaning” process by Electrolux called "wet cleaning" that uses no toxic chemicals. We partner with V&A Dry Cleaners, a small independent who support us with this.
Sustainability is important to us. That's why all deliveries arrive in 75% recycled cardboard, biodegradable boxes or kraft mailers made from 100% recyclable and compostable paper, which is sustainably sourced.
Our paper stickers are free from acid and are FSC certified as well as being printed using soy based inks. Our compostable tissue paper is printed with soy-based inks, on FSC-certified paper, and is acid, sulphur, and lignin-free.
It's also 100% recyclable and made from recycled materials.
At AKADEMY we are proud to announce that we are officially a member of the 1% for the Planet global community. We have committed to giving 1% of our total annual sales revenue to environmental non-profit groups.
This is one of our efforts to contribute back to the environment and restore the world we live in.