Welcome to Our Purpose
Cultivating Joy and Giving Back to Nature
Elizabeth Scarlett exists to promote joyful living, while raising funds to protect our planets precious wildlife.
Elizabeth started building Elizabeth Scarlett in 2015, painting beautiful watercolours that were then translated onto gorgeous fabrics with intricate embroidery. To this day, every pattern, symbol or motif comes from one of Elizabeth’s original paintings. “I wanted to create pieces that evoked feelings of joy, inspired wanderlust and captured the beauty of the world.”
Our business is still family-owned and has grown to be a full team of talented and passionate people. We are lucky to have worked with some incredible brand partners, including Antropologie, Birchbox, Bobbi Brown, L’Occitane and Estee Lauder, who have all helped us get to where we are today.
Elizabeth Scarlett grew from a passion for art, finding pleasure in small everyday moments and appreciating the natural world around us. Each year, we commit to giving back to wildlife and supporting keystone species. Find out more below…
“Since I can remember, I’ve always loved wildlife, drawing and painting animals. It soothes me, brings me into a flow and connects me with my youthful spirit.”
Why we must protect wild animals
So far, with your help, we’ve awarded over £300,000 to charities and projects that support animal conservation.
2% To The Wild
We are pledging 2% of our annual sales to the preservation of wild animals. This means that, whether we make money or not, we tax ourselves for using the earth’s resources and honour the animals that embellish our much-loved textiles.
Why wildlife conservation?
We’re committed to the preservation of keystone species as they uphold balance in their ecosystems, enabling biodiversity. The term is coined to describe the key role they play within their natural habitat. While they may not be the most productive species, or the most endangered, their very existence helps prevent a dramatic, disastrous change in their ecosystem.
Given Elizabeth’s passion for wildlife, we consider supporting keystone species our most valuable contribution to conservation efforts. We cannot promise to save this much-challenged world, but, having defined our focus, will do our best to drive change in the areas we can.
Our Proudest Achievements
Protecting over 3000 turtle hatchlings
Together with the Blue Marine Foundation, we’ve been able to move endangered nests, clean beaches, and safely guide baby turtles toward the water.learn more
Milk for Orphan Elephants
Through our Elephant Conservation Collection we’ve been able to provide over 20,000 bottles of special formula milk for baby elephants in the care of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.learn more
Plant 1 hectare of wildflower seeds
Our Bee range has allowed us to help the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to plant 1 hectare of seeds, creating bee habitats for our fuzzy friends across the UK.learn more
Creating with Care
As part of our commitment to ensure you can shop with confidence, we are continuously reviewing and updating our fabrics, packaging and processes to be kinder to the planet.
Our Thoughtful Materials
The BCI is a non-profit initiative, which intends to make the growing and extraction of cotton more sustainable. BCI farmers are trained on how to use water efficiently, care for the soil and natural habitats and apply decent work principles within their teams. You can read more about their work here.
Only 81,000 of the 24 million cotton farmers in China are BCI certified, which puts our cotton in the top 0.3% of cotton grown there. Industry wide change can’t come quick enough. As of 2017, Better Cotton accounted for only 14% of global cotton production, but cotton is in 70% of all fashion garments.
At Elizabeth Scarlett we are pushing our efforts one step further, and hope to further introduce organic and recycled materials to our repertoire.
Our Thoughtful Materials
Meet our Makers
We only work with trusted, certified factories that are regularly audited by us or our partners. This ensures they uphold our values and have the same vision for social and environmental practices that we do. These are factories that are free from forced or underage labour; where employees benefit from a safe working environment and are paid a decent, living wage.
Each collection is produced in small batches every few months to ensure we are never overstocked and nothing goes to waste.
Embroidery in cottons
Our velvet embroidered textile products are crafted in our women-owned, SMETA certified factory in Shandong, China. Our family has worked with Susan and her team for generations and our velvet accessories are cut and finished at her factory.
Shandong Province | China
When we first met Marci, she worked at the local school uniform shop. She now has her own embroidery business and personalises all of your pouches, purses and bags, right here in the UK.
Hertfordshire | England
2022 saw the first of our Rebirth Collections come to life. Made in India using deadstock fabric that would otherwise be destined for landfill.
Haryana | India