Hello! My name is Lauryn, and I am the owner and designer behind Love Khaos [Khaos pronounced “Chaos”]. This very camera-shy woman you see pictured here is me, sitting in my small London flat in 2015 where I brought Love Khaos to life—the place it truly all began.
Love Khaos was born from my desire to inspire people to express themselves through personal style and to create ethical, luxury clothing. I have always considered life (literally being alive) to be a celebration. I want getting dressed to empower you with confidence and a sense of self expression, but most importantly I want it to make you smile. So, our clothes are not just designed for special occasions, but to make every day special because that joy and identity that dressing up grants you isn’t something you should regulate. At Love Khaos we only create festival costumes with the highest quality materials in a way that doesn’t harm the people who are skillfully making them for you.
I would describe Love Khaos, as a free spirited, fun focused brand. We make high quality, one of a kind women’s festival clothing, men’s festival clothing, and gender fluid clothes designed to empower and inspire. We don’t participate in Fast Fashion and consequently have adopted a unique approach to style as much as we have to production. Trends are abandoned and designs run year after year until the fabric runs out. This is to encourage a new kind of conscious, responsible consumption of fashion and not to devalue the craftsmanship gone into the creation of each piece. Our garments are designed for timelessness and constructed for quality to ensure your signature Love Khaos piece is something you wear for decades. We know you live, work, and party hard so we make clothing that can keep up with you. Our pieces last from dusk 'til dawn every day and night you go out and dance for your life.
Wearing a piece by Love Khaos is wearing a piece of art—uniquely crafted with love, creativity and excitement to suit your wildest fashion fantasies.
When I first started out, I made everything myself. It was overwhelming, to say the least. After nearly a year I saw that my current path was unsustainable; it was impossible to keep up with demand. I had no choice but to outsource manufacturing, but I refused to have anything to do with sweatshops, child (slave) labor, or forced labor. In the process of deciding where to manufacture, I realized my choices could make a serious difference both environmentally and socially. The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world, and half of all garment workers (the people who make your clothes) work in sweatshops, 250 million of which are children aged 5-14 years old. By choosing to produce clothing ethically—paying fair wages, providing safe work conditions, and making sure that no one is working outside the 9-5 they are paid for—I could do my part for global sustainability and be the change I want to see in the fashion industry.
Quality is one of the core values of Love Khaos. In giving up control over making each garment myself, I knew that there could be issues maintaining my high standards of quality. I tried using independent tailors and a small family-run factory in London and quickly decided that using a factory wasn’t a viable option in ensuring quality control. Everything needed to be made in-house. So, I decided to set up my own atelier in Bali. This inherently would allow me to ensure that the people manufacturing our garments were looked after as well.
& now here we are, 8 years later…
Our HQ is based in San Francisco and our studio is in Bali, Indonesia. The team is comprised of only full time, adult employees who work in our private studio space. This set up ensures each team member is both paid well and that they, as well as their families, receives health benefits. The added bonus of manufacturing in house is that each garment we produce is perfect and quality controlled throughout the whole creation process.
In addition to paying a living wage thats enough to support them, as well as their families, we provide a daily lunch allowance. We don’t furlough, force overtime, or discriminate. We believe transparency and accountability are important because they keep us honest. We are proud to be a part of the slow fashion movement and hope our story inspires you to be conscious about how, where, and by whom your clothing is made.