Our Story
First Rite was launched in 2015 in San Francisco, CA by designer Nikki Garcia. Years of working in all aspects of the industry from retail to small label and corporate design finally converged into the idea of a better way. Minimizing our footprint on the planet, a more hands on approach involving personal relationships with partners, and an involvement in the process from textile or fiber to finished product.
In 2022 Nikki and her family relocated to her hometown of Portland, OR, where the studio is now based.

The Collections
We design collections twice a year keeping in mind the principles of considered minimalism and seasonal fluidity. As we begin our process each season, we think about where we left off and what pieces we can carry through or build upon. Our goal is to create a seamless collection of interchangeable pieces designed from 100% natural fibers to fit effortlessly into any wardrobe for many seasons to come.

Our Materials:
We work toward sourcing the best textiles and fibers for our collections and choose only those made from 100% natural fibers, our favorites being linen, organic cotton, and alpaca. We choose undyed yarns that highlight the natural shades of the animals they come from for our knitwear whenever possible. The dyes used for our linen collection out of India are azo free and Oeko Tex certified.
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Our Production Partners
We have chosen our partners based on their quality, craftsmanship, standards and practices, and have built lasting personal relationships with mutual respect. We support fair labor and hourly living wages. Our wovens are cut and sewn in Los Angeles, CA and New Dehli, India. Our LA partners are a small family owned, woman led workshop that create our denim collection and some heavier twill styles. Our partners in India produce our linen collection and have been a fair trade facility for the past 30 years. Our sweaters are knit by a woman led, fair trade practice workshop in Lima, Peru and we work closely with them to source all natural yarns from mills that support the surrounding farming communities.

We are committed to reducing our footprint by continuing to support partners and suppliers using best practices. We source 100% natural textiles and fibers for our development and production and prioritize those with certifications that ensure their supply chain traceability and environmental impact.
We are proud to ship plastic free, using 100% recyclable materials made from post consumer waste to contribute to a zero waste future.