OUR CONSIDERED PLEDGE
Extending the life of luxury is in our heritage. THE OUTNET has been offering previous-season goods since 2009, providing new opportunities for timeless luxury products. Going forward, our next steps are to contribute more holistically to a more sustainable and circular future for fashion.
‘Considered’ is what we commit to be on our long-term sustainability journey. We will attempt to achieve this by: making responsible products more available to customers, creating a more informative journey to enable conscious shopping, using technology to empower more circular solutions and nurturing our community. Our aim is to reduce our environmental impact and inspire our community to adopt a more responsible approach through four considered commitments.
IRIS & INK
By THE OUTNET, Iris & Ink delivers modern, refined and versatile style that is committed to three key pillars: the fit, the quality and the future. The brand seeks to connect women to fashion that is effortless, flattering and lasting. For spring/summer 2023, the focus remains on designing luxurious closet staples with a considered approach. The collection is made from high-quality fabrications, including those created using considered processes, lower impact, recycled, and organic materials.
Through our buying strategy, we are driving a positive change by sourcing and collaborating with brands who are committed to supporting circularity, diversity and innovation. We are proud to have partnered with labels like Erdem, Parmer Harding and Proenza Schouler to create upcycled capsules from archive or existing resources.
PRODUCT BADGING & FILTERS
Brands and products, which align to our sustainability and circularity principles are highlighted on site with a ‘Considered’ badge. We qualify these products with attributes that take into account high-standard social and environmental practices in the fashion industry. All products included in this edit must satisfy at least one attribute from the below list and you can search by each attribute.
These products are made from at least 50% recycled materials, which means less water and energy has been used and fewer CO2 emissions have been generated.
These products are made from at least 50% of lower-impact materials grown and produced with a significantly reduced environmental footprint, such as better farming practices and closed-loop production systems.
These products are made from at least 50% organic materials, grown from non-genetically modified seeds without the use of pesticides and synthetics fertilizers. This reduces harm to the land where it grows and those who work to grow it.
These products are manufactured using processes or technologies that significantly reduce environmental impact in terms of reducing use of resources, reducing pollution, or supporting healthy ecosystems.
RATED BY GOOD ON YOU
We have partnered with Good On You to allow customers to choose responsible fashion brands that do good. The products are made from labels that score ‘Great’ or ‘Good’ on the platform.
These products are upcycled, which means they have been redesigned from archive or excess fabric, or from existing products or components to create something new and unique.
We are on a mission to reduce our impact on the environment through better packaging options and carbon offsetting. We now provide information at checkout on the lowest carbon footprint delivery options and our deliveries are also compensated for through our Group’s carbon offsetting program.
REPAIR AND RESALE SERVICES
THE OUTNET has collaborated with two expert services to help you extend the life of your pieces and keep luxury fashion in circulation for longer.
Our Care & Repair Service (UK only): Give your closet favorites the TLC they deserve. We have partnered with online repair and alterations service, The Seam to help connect you to a community of trusted clothing care and repair specialists.
Our Resale Service: If you love something, set it free! We have partnered with leading resale technology provider Reflaunt, so you can resell your pre-loved designer pieces. Choose to resale with the instant resale service from the pre-approved designer list, or list any item with the concierge service and choose to receive payment as THE OUTNET store credit with an extra 10% off or cash via a bank transfer.
To boost transparency and increase the lifespan of your clothes, our in-house label Iris & Ink has partnered with EON, who have embedded their technology and Circular Product Data Protocol on clothing, to give customers greater information on their item and how to care for it. Almost all of the spring/summer 2023 collection has been digitally labelled with QR codes for you to access design details, fabric information, repair recommendations and care advice.
We develop comprehensive clothing care guides that encourage and give practical tips to empower longer-lasting fashion, in support of our core values.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION
In order to accelerate and empower positive change at THE OUTNET, we are committed to:
Representing diversity on our site and across all marketing channels to ensure that all our audience feels included and welcomed. We are ensuring and measuring diverse talent representation, including models, influencers and those featured within our Editorial content.
We want to improve access to and the visibility of brand partners who are committed to supporting diversity, social and environmental change. We are looking to build relationships and work with brands who are represented by or BIPOC-owned, and who can support our previous-season business model.
Creating a more inclusive workplace from within. Many of our colleagues have joined employee resource groups (Women in Tech, LGBTQ+ and Ethnicity) _that sit within the YOOX NET‑A‑PORTER GROUP. The leaders of these communities along with Executive-level sponsors, also lead our _Diversity and Inclusion Council to help us drive progress.
We want to give back to our global community and it’s essential that we are part of a positive change to society and make a meaningful impact.
In 2021, THE OUTNET partnered with Women for Women International on Giving Tuesday for the third year in a row, donating 20% of global net sales from its in-house brand, Iris & Ink as part of the online activation. The charity invests where inequality is greatest, by helping women who are forgotten — the women survivors of war and conflict. The partnership was in collaboration with Giving Tuesday; a global movement that takes place on the Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday and acts as the global generosity movement that unleashes the power of radical generosity around the world.
To mark International Women’s Day 2022, THE OUTNET made separate donations to three female-focused charities carefully chosen by three inspiring high-profile women. Philanthropist, model and Founder of Malaika, Noëlla Coursaris nominated her foundation. Malaika's mission is to empower our next generation of leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo through education, water and health programs. Canadian actor Emily Hampshire nominated The Downtown Women’s Center, a non-profit charity aiming to end homelessness for women in greater LA through a combined approach of housing, wellness, employment and advocacy. Author and journalist Candice Brathwaite nominated Sistah Space, a domestic abuse charity founded in 2015. Its mission is to encourage African heritage survivors/victims to report abuse by providing a safe, cultural and confidential environment, and to encourage community integration.
THE OUTNET’s pledge is to be considered in everything that we do. We strongly hope our commitments and actions will have an enduring and meaningful impact on the fashion industry and how people shop luxury.
THE OUTNET’s Considered Pledge is supported by the YOOX NET‑A‑PORTER Infinity strategy to 2030. Infinity is designed to advance a more sustainable, circular and inclusive fashion industry, connecting people with the joy of luxury and fashion that lasts a lifetime and beyond. The aim of Infinity is to deliver lasting luxury fashion that leaves an enduring positive impact through four focus areas and 12 commitments. To view our Group’s latest efforts and results, click here for the full report.