Making pole wear sustainable and inclusive
Hi my name is Elin, and I love making pole dance clothes. I started Posto9 in 2008 as I wanted to make things differently, you can read more about that here.
Am a bit of a self-proclaimed eco-warrior, since 2008 I wanted to make fashion differently, cutting out the middlemen, producing locally, and as a collective. I started out working like this in Brazil
Since 2020 I make everything in Ibiza in my studio. I use mainly regenerated nylon for the fabrics, and while I do small productions, it is possible to make custom orders and sizes. I love to see the variety of people wearing my designs on social media.
My background is in fashion design, I studied at Central Saint Martins in London, and I still work with the same methods. I love simple and clean and functional designs with a great fit. There is actually a great deal of work involved in making prototypes of pole dance shorts and pole dance tops, and all my patterns are a result of many years of refining the garments from customer feedback.
Global large fashion brands are still not doing enough for the planet, and insist on producing garments in countries where workers are exploited.
How can we stop fast throwaway fashion? How can we educate people about the fashion business? Create awareness.
If you want to explore this further I invite you to read this article on Vogue Business
Despite this, labour rights abuses continue and garment workers’ right to unionise has been backsliding, underlying the need for hard-hitting international legislation. According to campaigning nonprofit Labour Behind The Label, many brands have yet to sign the updated Bangladesh Accord, including Amazon, VF Corp, Gap and Patagonia. This is increasingly urgent, as alleged cases of garment worker exploitation continue to arise. One of the most shocking this year came in October, when a documentary released on UK TV network Channel 4 claimed that workers in Guangzhou factories producing for ultra fast fashion retailer Shein were paid as little as 3p per garment, with deductions taken for mistakes made during up to 18-hour shifts. Shein subsequently pledged $15 million to upgrade its supply chain over the next three to four years, and $4 million per year to step up surprise auditing of its suppliers, but experts said this would be insufficient without addressing the overproduction and overconsumption spurring its business model. These are issues that mostly affect women — unsurprisingly, experts say gender equality is lagging in fashion.
If you want to find out more about Posto9 check out this links.
We produce small made-to-order batches, eliminating overproduction as sustainability is the core of our business. By using left over cuts from our main production we create scrunchies, hair bands and face masks, to minimize waste.
Pole wear and yoga wear that cares for the planet
70% of our collection is made from ECONYL® regenerated NYLON
Our designs integrate performance wear with high-tech body sculpting fabrics, to take you from the barre to the bar in style. We use a variety of fabrics, with our star fabric being VITA, made with regenerated nylon. We follow new fabric developments closely and aim to use only recycled fabrics by 2024.