CIRCULARITY

MADE TO LIVE MANY LIVES

To walk on the bright side means offering clothes and accessories made to live many lives: timeless pieces made from materials that not only stand the test of time, but also age beautifully, can be repaired, and therefore kept a long time, as well as be reused and repurposed. Clothes that are ready to live a new life thanks to our partners, whether nonprofits or fashion schools. 

OUR CARE GUIDE

WOOL

WASHING


Machine-washing is possible on a wool programme (20° max) with a slow spin cycle (800 RPM). Use a mesh laundry bag and opt for a wool detergent (small amount and no softener to avoid felting).


When hand-washing, use cold water (20°). Please note that if the water is too cold, the garment may shrink or the wool felt. We recommend washing inside out with a suitable detergent. Do not soak the knit or wring it when rinsing or removing excess water.


DRYING


We recommend drying flat on a terry cloth towel and away from sunlight. Do not leave the sleeves to hang outside the drying space to avoid stretching (do not tumble-dry or dry on a radiator).


IRONING


Prioritise steaming over ironing. Skim over the knit without touching it.


We recommend avoiding ironing to preserve the floaty finish of the knit. If you still wish to iron your jumper, we recommend ironing on a very low heat, inside out and using a slightly damp pressing cloth.


Our other tips to make your knitwear last longer: tidy jumpers already worn without rolling them into a ball & avoid storing jumpers on hangers.

SILK

WASHING


We recommend hand-washing cold (20°). Ensure the water is not too cold and most importantly do not soak silk garments! Gently squeeze without wringing the garment.


Machine-washing is possible. Necessary precautions: Wash the garment inside out and in a mesh laundry bag with other delicates, in similar colours. In the case of contrasting motifs, wash separately.


Opt for a delicate or hand-wash programme (20°, 800 RPM spin cycle) and a mild optical brightener-free detergent.


Remove the garment from the machine immediately after washing to avoid the silk creasing.


DRYING


If you choose to hand-wash, delicately dry your garment without wringing.


Air-drying on a hanger, without exposing to sunlight, is suitable. We strongly advise against tumble-drying or drying on a radiator.


IRONING


Iron on a low heat, without steam and inside out.


For very fragile garments, use a slightly damp pressing cloth when ironing.

VISCOSE

WASHING


Machine-washing: Opt for a delicate or hand-wash programme (20°, 800 RPM spin cycle), a mesh laundry bag and a mild optical brightener-free detergent. The garment must be washed with similar colours. In the case of contrasting motifs, wash separately. To keep your garment looking bright and prevent fading, we recommend removing it from the machine as soon as the programme is complete.


Hand-washing: Wet, rub, rinse! Do not leave your garment to soak, viscose shrinks in contact with water. Use cold to lukewarm water (20° max).


DRYING


We recommend drying your garment on a hanger to preserve its shape.


IRONING


Choose a low heat setting on your iron. We recommend ironing inside out to restore the garment's original shape as viscose shrinks slightly when washed. For delicate garments, we recommend using a slightly damp pressing cloth when ironing

LEATHER

To care for your smooth leather garments or in the event of an unsightly mark:


  1. Remove dust from the leather with a slightly damp cloth.
  2. Leave to dry.
  3. Nourish the leather with a nourishing cream designed specifically for smooth leather.
  4. Leave the garment to rest to allow the leather to absorb the product. 
  5. Rub with a clean, soft cloth to shine the leather.
  6. Repeat as often as necessary.


You can also give your leather garments to a leather specialist for cleaning.

ba&sh second hand

ba&sh is offering you the chance to clear out your wardrobe and put your old items back for sale – to give them a new life! How? Just drop your items off at one of our participating stores or send it to the ba&sh workshop free of charge. Here, your piece will be reconditioned: authenticated, checked for quality and cleaned using an environmentally friendly antibacterial product. In exchange, you'll receive a voucher valid for the new collection (online or in store) as well as our selection of second-hand pieces. Available only in France until recently, this offer is now available in Germany and Belgium, and will soon be available in Spain and the Netherlands!

Still not sure? All second-hand items on our site are timeless and high quality – ba&sh’s signature style.

In just over a year since the launch of this programme, 20,700 second-hand items have been returned and over 16,000 have joined a new wardrobe!

Don’t worry, there is always a solution

How to tuck a pulled stitch into a jumper

We've all seen that moment when one of pieces of jewellery or our fingernails catches a strand in our jumper and creates a pulled stitch. First of all, the particularity of knitwear is that it can't be cut up, because the same yarn is knitted to make the whole jumper. So, as it will be impossible to reknit your jumper at home, here are a few steps to tuck in this pulled stitch in 3 easy steps.

Materials: Crochet hook or safety pin (be careful to choose the right size for the fineness of your yarn, the finer your stitch, the finer your hook needs to be).

Steps:

  1. Turn your jumper inside out and pass your crochet hook or safety pin through the space of one stitch on the right side of the jumper.
  2. Catch the stitch pulled through with the hook or safety pin on the right side of your jumper and bring it inside.
  3. Once the stitch has been pulled to the wrong side, stretch your jumper slightly across the width so that the knitwear fits again.

How do I shorten a product?

Materials: small scissors, thread, needle, sewing machine, tape measure, ruler.

Steps:

  1. Write down the measurement to be shortened.
  2. Fold the excess fabric inwards until you have a satisfactory length.
  3. Iron the hem you have just formed.
  4. Leave a hem of 3 to 4 cm and trim off any excess.
  5. Zigzag stitch or overlock the clean edge.
  6. Redo the invisible hem by hand with a needle: on one side, stick the needle into the hem fabric 1 cm below the top edge. Tie a knot. Stitch every centimetre, using just one thread each time. Go around the hem and finish with a knot.

How do I sew on a button?

Materials: small scissors, thread, needle, tape measure.

Steps:

  1. Pass the thread through the cat of the needle, leaving 30cm on each side.
  2. Measure the distance between the buttons, marking the position of the button.
  3. Tie a knot by passing the needle twice under the button placket.
  4. Make 3 to 4 passes through the button holes.
  5. Make 5/6 turns under the button with the thread, finishing with a knot.
  6. Cut off the excess thread.

Upcycling defective products

A focus on repurposing damaged or defective pieces

In 2023, ba&sh partnered with a vocational rehabilitation network to produce upcycled garments on a large scale. Thanks to this collaboration, our damaged or defective items are given a new life.

Upcycling our store displays

A focus on repurposing our store displays

Every year, ba&sh donates its unused window displays to Réserve des Arts, an association dedicated to culture and creativity that collects and makes them available to art students and professionals.

Frequently asked questions

Raw materials account for 57% of our carbon footprint. Hence, they constitute an essential lever for reducing our impact. To reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and help preserve biodiversity, we select our materials with care, always choosing the best possible option, such as organic or recycled fibres, or certified materials that guarantee animal welfare and sustainable pasture management, based on labels with the highest standards. 

And when the best option is not possible - due to lack of supply, for instance - we select the next best alternative.

To find out more, visit the “Materials” section of our website.

Since 2019, ba&sh has assessed its carbon footprint yearly, using the GHG Protocol methodology across all its direct and indirect activities.

In 2022, ba&sh's activities generated 63,328 tonnes of CO2e, equivalent to driving around the world 7,200 times or flying 31,500 times between Paris and New York.

Between 2021 and 2022, ba&sh reduced its carbon footprint by 15%, or 11,461 tonnes of CO2e. 

This reduction has been made possible thanks to 3 key action levers: increasing the proportion of certified materials in the composition of our products, reducing our use of air transport by 10% and finally using renewable energies for part of our shops and our warehouse. 

To find out more, visit the "Planet" section of our website.

ba&sh has established a strict social compliance policy, which is appended to the General Terms and Conditions signed by all suppliers. 

We require direct suppliers to conduct a social audit every 2 years. We recognise only the most demanding international standards: BSCI, SMETA, WCA, ICS. Suppliers are assessed on social performance criteria including: working conditions, remuneration, decent working hours, health and safety, rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining, environmental protection... Following the audit, ba&sh works together with suppliers in implementing corrective measures to address any non-compliance. 

Since 2021, ba&sh has been a member of Amfori, a business association that helps companies improving working conditions in their supply chains. As of this year, we will also be conducting environmental audits in our denim laundries.

In 2023, 82% of our tier 1 production sites had been audited.

Our objective? By 2025, 100% of tier 1 and 2 production sites audited, and 30% of tier 3 sites.

To find out more, visit the "Partners" section of our website.

In 2023, 51% of our production came from medium-haul import regions (Europe, North Africa, Turkey) while 49% came from long-haul import regions (China, India). Between 2021 and 2023, 10% of our production was relocated from Asia to Europe and North Africa.

We have no intention of stopping here: by 2025, we aim to have 70% of our production sourced from medium-haul import regions (Europe, North Africa, Turkey) and 30% from long-haul import regions (China, India). 

To find out more, visit the "Partners" section of our website or read our sustainability report.

B Corp certification is based on an assessment of a company's overall impact in five key areas: governance, the environment, employees, customers and community. This assessment is conducted using a comprehensive questionnaire which the company must complete itself, providing documents to support each claim. 

To achieve certification, a company must score over 80 points. The evaluation process is demanding and rigorous. In the case of ba&sh, it lasted 18 months.

As a B Corp, we’re part of a global community of businesses that meet high standards of social and environmental impact.

Our animal welfare policy has recently been updated in line with the recommendations of animal welfare nonprofit FOUR PAWS, who has also reviewed our policy. This document is appended to our General Terms and Conditions, which are signed by all suppliers. In concrete terms: 

- ba&sh is committed to sourcing only certified animal materials by 2025 (RWS, RMS, GRS) - by 2027 for alpaca (RAS). 

- The RWS, RMS and RAS labels guarantee animal welfare and sustainable pasture management at certified suppliers. The GRS label guarantees the recycled origin of recycled textile fibres.

- ba&sh has banned the use of fur and is a member of the Fur-Free Retailer Program.

- ba&sh prohibits the use of exotic leather (e.g. crocodile, snake, etc.).

- ba&sh has banned the use of down and feathers. Down jackets are now padded with a more eco-responsible alternative (REPREVE: recycled plastic bottles).

- ba&sh has banned the use of angora.

- ba&sh prohibits the practice of mulesing and is a signatory to the Brand Letter of Intent initiated by FOUR PAWS.

- ba&sh only uses recycled cashmere.

To find out more, visit the "Materials" section of our website or read our sustainability report.