At the heart of everything we do is sustainability, authenticity and empowerment. These key principles mean the factories we work with are highly scrutinised and only accepted as suitable partners if their policies are in alignment.
We have a few factories we work with for different steps of the production process. Our main factory is with our partner Adam and his small team of 50 in Guandong, China. We also work with Fonte Faria in Portugal who manufacture our B-Edit collection plus two local embroiderers based in Devon.
All of the factories we work with are free of child labour and forced labour and provide employees with a safe environment to work. Every worker in our supply chain is paid the living wage or above.
Our main supplier Partner is Adam who owns a factory in Dongguan, China. Our Creative Director, Katie, has worked with Adam for over 12 years. Adam has worked tirelessly to help us create the perfect knicker since 2017 and even sourced the sustainable TENCEL MicroModal fabric we all now know and love.
Adam is the kindest, fairest man we have ever met (a Buddhist as are many Chinese). China has a bad reputation for the quality of the products and their working practices. Adam’s factory is a notable exception. His factory pays over the average rates for the best staff and his factory offers work and career opportunities to many people from small villages who would otherwise not have the opportunity for a career outside the village where they were born. Allowing them to save money for a few years before they return to their villages, although many don’t, meeting their life partners and staying in the cities they work.
And you don’t just have to take our word for it - listen to this Ted Talk by journalist Clara Vuletich who took a deep dive into the fashion industry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXOd4qh3JKk
We visited the factory in 2019 to meet the team and catch up with Adam. It was great to get to know the people who make our knickers and make exciting plans for the year ahead. Here are a few photos from our visit.
The B-Edit is milled at Tintex, a Lenzing partner in Portugal, a world leading jersey manufacturer bringing textile innovation to the next level. The range is manufactured at Fonte & Faria in Portugal which is part of the Business Compliance Initiative. The factory was founded in 1994 by two partners Jose Faria and Manuel Fonte and since 2004 has one owner Jose Faria. The factory is large and modern and can produce around 4000 units per day. Employees have lots of technical knowledge and receive continuous training enabling high quality standards.