Elgen – A brand trying to do their bit one stage at a time

Elgen creates exceptional quality clothes for the modern man. Built to represent today’s lifestyle, Elgen’s clothes are made to last and designed to be lived in. 

Founders Jamie and Ian built Elgen on a number of core principles; made to last, affordability, sustainable sourcing and ethical manufacturing. A collection that is without seasonality and always available. With a focus on quality and conscious design, the collection consists of authentic and essential pieces with a consistent fit across products – meaning that if you are a medium in a T-shirt, you are also medium in a jumper, sweater or jacket. 

From cashmere jumpers to white T-shirts, each piece invokes innovative craftmanship with superior attention to detail. With T-shirts priced at £35, the collection aims to deliver affordability without compromising on quality.

Co-founder, Jamie Smithson, commented:“Why was it so hard to simply find the clothes we and our friends wanted? Either they were over our budget or constantly changing due to an obsession with seasonality, but mostly the quality just wasn’t there, and garments would wear out after a few washes. Mainly we didn’t feel connected to the brands. So, we decided to scratch our own itch, and Elgen was born.”

Sustainability and ethical manufacturing are at the core of Elgen. Partnering with some of the world’s best factories and finest ateliers to source sustainable fabrics and manufacture clothing to the highest ethical standard is the first step on the journey. Elgen clothing is created to last well beyond the standard wear times, which is effective in reducing the carbon footprint by a significant amount. Supima cotton is used instead of regular cotton in T-Shirts which is extremely resilient, washes better and keeps its shape. Additionally, where possible, factories are checked to ensure workers’ hours and pay are ethical and fair.

From getting rid of single-use plastics in the supply chain to making sure packaging is made from recycled materials, Elgen are constantly looking for ways to improve and make the operation, production and business more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

Millican’s Maverick Mystery Bag

Millican’s iconic Maverick collection of sustainable rucksacks and bags has been redeveloped to work harder and travel longer with the introduction of their new Dalton Canvas fabric.

Hardwearing, lightweight, and waterproof, the new Dalton Canvas is made for these times – a 100% recycled textile created from post-consumer waste with a classic canvas feel and texture. With research, learning, and adapting an integral part of their brand culture, the Dalton Canvas fabric has been developed exclusively by Millican to provide added weatherproofing and durability, evolving their collection of sustainable travel bags to be geared up for a lifetime of adventure.

With the Dalton Canvas, Millican have created a recycled plastic fabric finished with a C0 DWR outer treatment and PU coating on the inside

Recycled polyester is made from recycled PET material (polyethylene terephthalate). It’s widely used in plastic bottles and other food packaging all over the world.

Using recycled polyester, rather than virgin polyester, cuts energy by 50%, saves 20% on water and reduces air pollution by 60%.

Millican’s iconic Maverick collection of sustainable rucksacks and bags has been redeveloped to work harder and travel longer with the introduction of their new Dalton Canvas fabric.

Hardwearing, lightweight, and waterproof, the new Dalton Canvas is made for these times – a 100% recycled textile created from post-consumer waste with a classic canvas feel and texture. With research, learning, and adapting an integral part of their brand culture, the Dalton Canvas fabric has been developed exclusively by Millican to provide added weatherproofing and durability, evolving their collection of sustainable travel bags to be geared up for a lifetime of adventure.

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Millican’s Mavericks are a collection of travel bags and accessories made to take you anywhere – from a mountain trail to city commute, built to last and designed to age well.  From Smith the Roll Pack to Miles the Duffle Bag, each bag is created for outside living, stirring up the maverick spirit of adventure on which Millican is founded. Woven into Millican’s fabrics are solutions that meet the needs of backpacks that are used every day, and that align with reducing environmental, global impact. With the move to the newly engineered Dalton Canvas fabric, the best-selling Smith 25L Rollpack is now made from the equivalent of 44 single-use, discarded plastic bottles.

We wanted to create a fabric from 100% recycled plastic that still gives the same look and feel of the waxed cotton canvas blend we have been using for The Maverick Collection. Most of our energy went into developing a like-for-like fabric. We were able to recreate the same weave pattern to retain the same aesthetics as our previous fabric and match the performance expectations for the Dalton Canvas.

Our bags are used every day, day-in-day-out, so the Dalton Canvas has to stand up to the city and outside landscapes. Our philosophy is to design and create one bag to be used for every aspect of your life, for a lifetime, and the Dalton Canvas is central to that. “ Jeffrey Bowman, Brand Director for Millican