Interview with Carrier Company
I first stumbled across Carrier Company when I borrowed a friend’s fisherman’s roll neck and never really gave it back. Once you see Carrier Company’s designs, you will understand why I was reluctant to let go of the dark blue, high necked silhouette manufactured in Norfolk, England. Partly because I live in Berlin (essentially Siberia for half the year), I see a knit like some see a handbag or pair of ‘hype sneakers’, a true and worthwhile investment.
Their pieces are structured, simultaneously delicate, refined, and of unparalleled quality. Speaking to the brand, it became clear to me that they are passionate about providing their customers with beautiful, conscious clothing for a lifetime. In conversation with Sienna Cilenti (pictured above), of Carrier Company, it’s clear that they are fighting the fast fashion world through the use of sustainable materials.
Where did Carrier Company begin?
It was started in 1995, in Norfolk, by my mum (Tina Guillroy - pictured below) who always said we work to live, not the other way around. Our team is mostly local, and are encouraged to work in a way that suits their lives; many have young children or elderly relatives to care for and producing small amounts from their homes in their own time frame allows this.
Can you tell me about your sourcing of materials?
Our workwear is all made in Norfolk, much of it within 10 miles of Church Farmhouse itself and entirely by hand. We like to use sustainable materials such as jute, cotton, and linen from flax grown in Ireland, where no part of the plant goes to waste. We work with wool from small batch suppliers shorn, spun, woven and dyed in both Scotland and Ireland. We also work with a mill in Wales that produces organic cottons, and slowly feel that suppliers are becoming more receptive to our need for sustainable materials.
Our robust designs are purpose lead and constructed to outlast trends. Most of our clothing is unisex, allowing pieces to be shared, and for a minimal cost we will repair our products should they wear through with use.
Looking to the future, what’s in store for Carrier Company?
Some goods can be made to order, producing goods in this way allows us to constantly try out newer materials and designs when need or whim arise which in turn helps us to continually improve our products whilst quickly responding to customer feedback and demand.
We are always looking for more suppliers of sustainable materials and we have finally found a supplier of sustainable silk, so that’s exciting!