How we Roll

Over the past few decades, major retailers have driven down prices at the expense of quality and ethics. Our wardrobes have become disposable and our consumption is wasteful.

We’re on a mission to tackle fashion’s waste problem and make quality clothing accessible again. We want you to pay for the things that matter: craftsmanship, quality, sustainability. As a digital-first brand, we offer everything directly to you, without unnecessary markups.

Here’s how we do it.

The Raw Materials

It’s estimated that over six million tons of fabric are lost annually during clothing manufacturing. Some of this waste is in the form of scraps, but some of it is left on the roll. This is where we come in.

We think of ourselves as modern-day treasure hunters. We source high quality surplus, aka excess, fabric from European factories, warehouses, mills and even directly from luxury brands.

Conventional business models are notoriously difficult to manage and it’s all too common for creative and operational decisions to result in leftover rolls of perfectly good material. Rather than let this stock go to waste, we snap it up and give it a new life.

Absolutely everything we do is driven by our ‘fabric first’ approach because you can’t make a good product without good raw materials. It’s as simple as that.

The Design Process

The unpredictability of the fabric we find is our unique design challenge. Once we find a roll, we let the fabric dictate the design. We match each fabric with the appropriate product type using our extensive archive of curated vintage designs and patterns, our go-to for design inspiration.

It can take up to a year in the traditional fashion calendar for a design to hit the shelves. Our lead times can be as fast as six to eight weeks from fabric discovery to final product, allowing us to more readily respond to your demands.

Local Production

To create clothes that last, we take exceptional care to find specialist European factories and workshops that uphold the standards of traditional high-end manufacturing. We also try to make everything within 150 miles of each fabric source. Not only does this minimise our carbon footprint, but it also means that the producers often have a greater knowledge of these materials because they have worked with them before.

We often produce in the off-season, benefiting both the factories, which can maintain a steady workflow, and ourselves. It allows us to produce our small (by industry standards) orders more efficiently and to deliver products to market much more quickly than a conventional brand. We’re not talking fast fashion here, but we want to ‘close the loop’ as quickly as possible, creating new value for each existing fabric roll.

Limited Editions

Production runs are wholly dependent upon the size of each roll when we find it. Therefore, everything we produce is part of a limited edition, making it extra special ;).

Every piece has a story, and you can even check the provenance of your item to discover where the roll was found, who made the garment, and the size of each edition. You can also follow us on Instagram @excess_only to be the first to see when new fabrics and styles are added!

Delivery & Returns

Free delivery for orders over €400 in Europe

DHL Express Delivery to: France
within 1 to 3 days
DHL Express Delivery to: Europe
within 1 to 3 days
DHL Express Delivery to: Worldwide
within 3 to 7 days

If you change your mind or something isn’t quite right with your order, you have up to 14 days to exchange and/or return it.

For more details, read our return policy.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, our team is here to help!

Email us
only@excess-only.com
DM us
Instagram | @excess_only

We look forward to hearing from you.

Join the Waitlist

Can’t find your perfect size or style? Sign up below and we will notify you as soon as the fabric for your desired garment back in our atelier.

We think of ourselves as modern-day treasure hunters. We source high quality surplus, aka excess, and sustainable fabric from European factories, warehouses, mills and even directly from luxury brands.

Production runs are wholly dependent upon the size of each roll when we find it. Therefore, everything we produce is part of a limited edition, making it extra special.

Size Guide

Garment Size

Choosing the right size means less shipping and less waste. Here are the details of our White Strap Dress.

Our stylists recommendation

Enter your measurements below to discover what our EO stylist suggests is the best fit for you, based on your body type.

Body Size

Our EO stylists have created an extensive sizing guide to help you order the perfect fit for your body.

SizeBust (cm)Waist (cm)Hips (cm)
Extra Small76 – 8161 – 6685 – 90
Small81 – 8666 – 7190 – 95
Medium86 – 9171 – 7695 – 100
Large91 – 9776 – 81100 – 105

If you have any questions about sizing or want to discuss custom length options, please don’t hesitate to DM us on Instagram or send us an email at only@excess-only.com

We will happily find you a match!

Sustainability

Learn about this garments sustainable attributes and how it is helping us save the planet, while making it fashion.

  • Made Locally

    We make everything within 150 miles of each fabric source. Not only does this minimise our carbon footprint, but it also means that the producers often have a greater knowledge of these materials because they have worked with them before.

  • Recyclable

    Using natural fibres means that our products can be fully recycled in the future.

  • On-Demand Production

    As a digital-first brand, we are able to produce our clothes on-demand. We produce our garments in small batches, as you order them, in order to reduce over-production, use less energy, and eliminate excess waste. 

  • Artisanal

    Our garments are handcrafted in specialist, family-run European factories and workshops that uphold the standards of traditional high-end manufacturing. Small production ensures there are fewer emissions than mass- produced items, the fashion is personal, and the design process is valued.

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    Vegetarian

    This garment does not contain any animal skins.

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