The Slow Fashion Movement...

We believe in a sustainable lifestyle movement, so we create clothing that values craftsmanship and respects this, people and the planet.  We are always striving to be unique with ongoing development of styles and prints that reflect an individual aesthetic with comfort and quality at the forefront of the design process and an aim to combine current looks with flowy feminine silhouettes.  Our styles are versatile carrying you from day to night and popular with women of all age groups and sizes.

We believe in making clothes to be worn time and time again created with care, in limited edition quantities and therefore don't need to be rushed to market.  Carlabella Designs is focused on creating small scale collections which are timeless in their appeal  when carefully considering our designs.  We are a forward thinking brand based out of Byron Bay doing everything we can to ensure our products are being ethically produced with ongoing research and development becoming dominant in all we do.  We are committed to rebuilding a solid foundation that is more aligned with our values of making a positive example in fashion and becoming part of the solution in making consciously sustainable choices and ultimately making the transition to natural made fibres such as Tencel and recycled fibres wherever possible.

Tencel or lyocell is a sustainable fabric, regenerated from wood cellulose. It is similar in hand to rayon and bamboo, both regenerated fabrics. However, Tencel is one of the most environmentally friendly regenerated fabrics, for several reasons. Tencel fibers are grown sustainably.

Unlike rayon and bamboo, Tencel’s supply chain is transparent. It is obtained from eucalyptus trees that are grown on farms—no old growth forests, genetic manipulation, irrigation, or pesticides are used. These forests and the pulp produced for Tencel have earned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification that the products come from socially and environmentally responsible forests. The European Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification has also endorsed Tencel's farming practices as sustainable. Tencel eliminates the negative environmental impacts of traditional fiber processing, using new sustainable technologies.

Tencel has some distinct advantages over traditional fibers in terms of chemical processing, which can often be extensive and toxic. The chemicals used to produce lyocell fibers are nontoxic. In addition, the cellulose or ground pulp used for Tencel is treated in what is known as a closed loop process in which these solvents are recycled with a recovery rate of 99.5%. The tiny amount of remaining emissions is decomposed in biological purification plants. Because of the nature of the material, the processing never requires bleach. This overall method of manufacturing fabric was awarded the “European Award for the Environment” by the European Union.

TENCEL® fabric carries the Oeko Tex 100 certification, an international standard developed in 1992 to certify that it contains no harmful substances. Tencel also has been awarded the European Community Eco-label flower for products and services with reduced environmental impacts.

Tencel clothing is comfortable.

We’re not stopping at the clothes when it comes to sustainable materials.  We have sourced an innovative company in Bali, Indonesia, Avani, who manufacture sustainable and bio degradable alternatives to plastic providing a compostable bioplastic made from cassava starch that we will use to package our entire product.  Our current swing tag suppliers in Bali, Saraswati Papers, have now started making recycled swing tags from used paper that is collected from countless hotels, schools and turned into paste, and lastly pressed by hand and dried outside in the sunshine. 

We don’t stop there!  All our fabric scraps are used to create reusable shopping bags so you can also give back by making a small contribution to supporting small business and in turn making your own ecological foot print on the planet, plus you have a bag to match your dress.

Watch this space for future updates on what we are doing to create sustainable style and make a positive difference in the fashion world.