Carefully curated items that reflect quality, sustainability & exclusivity
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Ethics & Sustainability
Ethics & sustainability
Founder, Caitriona Erskine studied a Bachelor of Environmental Science, majoring in Wildlife and Conservation Biology. Therefore, valuing sustainable and ethical clothing production was super important in the development and creation of Odysseus&Penelope.
Committed to reducing our carbon footprint as much as we can, we strive to outsource locally, produce limited drops, and print on recycled sustainable fabrics and use as eco-friendly supplies as possible such as mailers/packaging ect.
We are forever learning and growing to introduce ways to reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible as we grow as a brand.
Supporting local businesses & Talent
A key component to our business is outsourcing work through local creatives. we have collaborated with experienced and talented small Melbourne businesses such as pattern makers / local manufacturers / local artists / and local graphic designers to bring to life some carefully curated designs and collections.
Clothing production facilities
We are proud to work with an ethically accredited manufacturer that prioritises ethical clothing production and provides employment opportunities for refugees, based locally in Melbourne, Australia.
- ethical clothing production
- Local collaborations
- Environmentally friendly
- Limited quantities
Who are we
The name “Odysseus&Penelope” is drawn from an Ancient Greek poem which entails a journey of the King of Ithaca, Odysseus...
Founded in 2020 in Melbourne by Caitriona Erskine, Odysseus&Penelope was created to bring to life exclusive fashion garments that reflect sustainability, ethical production, and timelessness. Inspired heavily by nature and mythology, Odysseus&Penelope’s customer should feel free, confident, and bold through wearing effortless designs of vibrant colours and original prints.
Initially as a brand, I started out by creating hand-made face masks for music festivals, which then boomed once covid hit, being the initial only local hand-made mask brand existing in the area. We were stocking our masks in multiple stores across Melbourne at the start of the covid pandemic to get as many masks out as we could.
I then branched out to create women's clothing, focusing on releasing exclusive designs in limited drops. As we grew, we have collaborated with experienced and talented creatives such as pattern makers / local manufacturers / local artists / and local graphic designers to bring to life some carefully curated designs and collections.
The pandemic has definitely highlighted the importance of shopping locally and supporting local businesses, this is why local production has become a key focus in our development.
I am so happy with the brand we are today and I am excited to share more quality garments that you can add to your sustainable wardrobe.
Thank you for being on this journey with us
~ Cait Erskine x