Our vision since the birth of Oddbird has been to carefully weave 5 essential strands together to create the brand you know and love today. Consciously braiding as one; ethics in fashion, sustainable production, an infallible focus on quality, value for money, and a celebration of culture. With this, Oddbird has proudly grown into a burgeoning little business that leads with its heart, always.

An enormous part of why the Oddbird culture is what it is, is because of this amazing community and for that, we send our endless love and gratitude to you all, and the reason why we want to be transparent with some changes coming into effect in the upcoming month.

Since we launched in 2015 we and the textile industry at large have seen a dramatic increase in operational and production costs. Along the way, we made every creative and resourceful effort possible to absorb a lot of the inflation into our small business and have worked hard to maintain prices we felt served both the artisans and our customers equally, every step of the way. But some of these accruing costs were unforeseen by any of us. With the effect of this global pandemic, many in our industry are facing mounting supply chain issues and spikes in the cost of raw materials along with an aggressive jump in courier/import rates, which has been discouraging, to say the least.

The dramatic increase in our overall costs during the last year has put us in the uncomfortable position of having to address our current prices. Because we pride ourselves in using the highest quality, 100% natural raw materials, woven by hand with love, the only way to continue to offer the caliber of products we are known for, (without the incorporation of cheaper synthetics) and continue to hand weave in partnership with our incredible artisans, you will see a slight price increase in all of our handwoven collections starting October 10, 2021. (Our Loungewear Collections will not be affected.)

Below we have provided a circular graphic to show every step of the Oddbird textile journey, with an asterisk indicating the steps that have increased our operational costs along with links to articles outlining the global cotton shortage (which is attributing to the raw materials price increase).

While this isn’t the type of thing we like to do, we did want to give our valued customers who feel like family, an opportunity to snag anything they had their eye on at our current prices before they change on October 10.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you for being here and valuing what we do!

- Ceren, Founder and Director of Oddbird Co.

"The primary supply-side factor contributing to the shortage of organic cotton currently being experienced are the reports of forced labor in Xinjiang, China, that caused some countries to ban imports of cotton from this region (read Textile Exchange’s official statement on the reports of forced labor here). China has been the second largest producer of organic cotton for years, growing 17 percent of the fiber in 2018/19 harvest year. As a result, companies that were sourcing from China are turning to other sourcing destinations, particularly India, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, and the U.S."

-Textile Exchange

"In the last few years, cotton prices around the globe have been quite stable generally. However, the pandemic has kick-started an upturn in cotton prices along with other competing commodity prices such as soybeans and corn. This happens during uncertain times, when money tends to flow into less risky assets like commodities unlike other asset classes. We have also seen certain countries, including China, stockpiling soybean and cotton.

We predict that cotton prices aren’t going to go back down unless there is another major disruption in the industry, unforeseen by everyone."

- Shayan Abdullah, director at Sapphire Fibres Limited