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Olderbrother fuses natural processes with playful spirits to create contemporary classics.

We make clothes for people.

We are the intermix between men/women, play/sophistication, and contemporary/nature-based design.

Our universal garments, tailored to fit men, women and those in-between equally. No gender, gender-neutral, unisex et cetera.

Naturally Dyed

Each naturally hand-dyed garment is subtly unique and completely free of heavy metals, salts, and toxins.

After being loved to death, they can be buried in your backyard to organically decompose.

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Indigo

For thousands of years, Indigo has been prized around the world for its richness, longevity and versatility. By championing natural indigo dye, we are honoring the tradition and history of the process, supporting the farmers who grow the plants, and helping to reduce the harmful waste put out by the garment industry.

Madder Root

When the root of the madder plant Rubia tinctoria is harvested, its already spent at least three years of its life in the ground growing, spreading, and soaking up the earth around it. Madder is one of the oldest dyes around, and for thousands of years it has been the best source of earthy red dye for everyone from King Tut to the British Redcoats.

Myrobalan

Myrobalan dye is made from the nut of the Terminalia chebula tree, which grows at the foot of the Himalayas throughout Nepal and India, as well as much of Southeast Asia. Known in Ayurvedic medicine as Haritaki fruit, myrobalan can be used to treat a number of ailments, and is believed to have cleansing properties. On its own as a dye, myrobalan can be used to get a pale yellow color, but can also be considered a mordant because it is used as a modifier to make colors more yellow.

Tannins

Tannins are a not just in wine - they are a diverse class of pigments that can be found in a wide variety of plants, and for this reason have been used for centuries as a dye mordant to darken and enrich color. Tannins are also powerful antioxidants with a characteristic bitter taste commonly found in “superfoods”.

Oak Galls

Oak galls are a result of an immune reaction from the oak tree, and similar to how human bodies become inflamed when under attack from microorganisms, the oak tree creates a large swelling at the site of attack. When the battle is won, the ball remains, rich in concentrated tannins, and eventually falls to the ground where it can be collected to use as a dye mordant and gray tones.

Alum

Alum, or potassium aluminum sulphate, is an eco-friendly staple of any natural dyers repertoire, and is one of the best pre-dye mordants. Alum evens out and enlivens colors, and is critical in enabling dye molecules to bind to the fiber, creating longer lasting and more vibrant colors.

Iron Oxide

Iron oxide (II), or ferrous sulphate, is an iron salt that is used in dyeing as a mordant, or dye modifier, to help darken and mute colors. It also helps increase the lightfastness of dyes, and is a key element in making blacks and other dark, rich colors.

Eco-Concious Textiles

We work exclusively with eco-conscious textiles that range from small batch organics to renewable plant-based synthetics.

We carefully select our textiles based on quality, environmental impact and social responsibility.

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Sustainably Grown California Cotton

The Sustainable Cotton Project’s farm program brings together a community of family farmers growing cotton in California's Fresno, Madera and Merced counties. With SCP's support and guidance from experts at UC IPM and UC Cooperative Extension, these growers are changing the way they farm by implementing biologically based practices, which protect the land, air and water resources in the region. The fiber that these farmers produce as part of SCP's program is called Cleaner Cotton.

Cleaner Cotton Fiber

  • Is high quality fiber, both Pima and Acala varieties.
  • Utilizes biological farming practices.
  • Eliminates the 13 most toxic chemicals used in conventional cotton cultivation in California, reducing toxicity in our air, soil and watersheds.
  • Receives a modest premium, paid directly to the farmer to help support these practices.
  • Is tracked from field to spinner, using the USDA Permanent Bale Identification barcode and data.
  • Cleaner Cotton is local, cleaner and links manufacturers, brands and consumers directly with the farmers.

Made in The USA

Our garments are cut, sewn and dyed in sunny Los Angeles.

Through our insistence on the most premium and transparent methods of garment creation, we occupy the forefront of the slow clothing revolution.