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. Our other factory is in Leicester, in the UK with Barbara and her team of 10 women at Fine Knits Ltd. We also work with 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 China Factory
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.
Our Leicester Factory
Although our partnership with Adam is at the heart of everything we do we also work with the clothing industry in the UK particularly Leicester (don’t worry the good ones!) and Portugal. All hand picked for their strong ethical and sustainable practices.
Barbara owns a small, independent factory in Leicester with her small team of 10 women. Barbara produces all of our fashion pieces and small runs of loungewear. We often work with Barbara on sample runs to test out new collections.
The team at Fine Knits Ltd use unique Heritage Tubular Knitting Machines. The small factory has a long history of developing and manufacturing products for exclusive private label brands, like us!