About Wolf & Mishka
Wolf & Mishka is a Melbourne-based label passionate about creating locally made, unique pieces to wear and for the home. Originally inspired by a family heirloom – a book of Russian nursery rhymes that was lovingly created by my great-grandmother almost 100 years ago – all Wolf & Mishka pieces are made with love, are unique and designed to be treasured for years to come.
Our approach when designing and producing each collection is slow, with small local production runs while staying waste conscious. We think very seriously about the amount of fabric we order, print and how many styles are made. Meaning we don’t overproduce, instead our focus is on quality, not quantity.
We hope you find your must-have item; when you do, you’ll know you’re one of a small group of people in the world who has it.
Made In Melbourne
Did you know fast fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world? Our approach when designing and producing each collection is slow, with small production runs while staying waste conscious. We think very seriously about the amount of fabric we order, print and how many styles are made. In some cases, this could be only 10 in total!
Our intention when producing all garments is not to waste anything! We try to use every scrap of fabric in production. We often use deadstock and end-of-the-roll fabrics that other, larger producers have left unused, allowing us to divert material from landfill, giving them a new life and reducing environmental impacts. Some printed fabric scraps we have left over are sent to a very talented lady, Julie from @kindred_connected, who uses them to create her gorgeous wall loom hangings. Other scraps are saved for later ranges, and small pieces are collected and given to kindergartens and craft/sewing workshops.
We’ll be bringing you more about our brand, who makes our garments, where our fabrics are bought and printed, and where our fabric scraps go for continued craft and educational use. Including what sustainable materials we're switching to, procedures we endeavour to adopt for our business in order to reduce our carbon footprint. It's important we share this with our customers, and try to encourage others to support the make small, shop small community.
Keeping It Local
We ❤︎ to support local businesses, and that’s why all elements of our supply chain, from pattern makers to graders, cutters and makers, are right here in Melbourne. We have strong personal relationships with our makers, and by taking a hands-on approach we can ensure the quality and integrity of our garments. It also means we can be certain all our production practices are ethical.
W & M Prints
All our prints are exclusive and designed in-house.
It is important to us that our fabrics come from trusted sources. That’s why we purchase our fabrics through Australian textile agents, which allows us to support local businesses and the fashion industry here in Australia. We limit the use of unnatural fabrics such as polyester, acrylic and nylon. Instead, we focus on natural fabrics such as linen, cotton and silk, and also use regenerated wood fibres, which are much more environmentally friendly, such as tencel and viscose. For our next range, we will be using 100% ethical organic cotton, as well as Pinatex, an innovative natural textile made from pineapple leaf fibre.
Meet our amazing pattern and sample maker Steven!
Steven has been an integral part of our business since the very beginning. Working from his home studio in Melbourne, Steven works closely with any new designs we may have and helps to create beautifully made patterns for production.
Steven’s fantastic eye for detail and remarkable problem solving skills makes us feel very lucky to have him on board with us!