For us, we use the term "ethical" in a very literal sense. A big part of ethical manufacturing for us is about doing good business. And the central tenant of doing good business, for us, is about relationship building. We are forming close, lasting relationships with our factories that are motivated by trust, goodwill, and a devotion to creating an excellent product.
Where the Magic Happens
The time we spend at our factories is about much more than just business. It's about building friendships and sharing cultural exchange. We spend time with our production managers, our pattern makers, our project managers, going out to lunch, dinner, spending time with their children, seeing their city, and building our team. For us, this is a big part of what makes our process "ethical".
We work with two expert factories in Hangzhou, China. One factory produces all of our cut-and-sew garments and the other factory produces our knit garments. Both manufacturers have been producing for the world's leading brands for the last 20 years. Not only are they experts at their craft, the facilities and employee standards are of the highest quality. We visit our factories multiple times a year and only work with facilities that we have personally vetted and inspected.
- 5 Myths About Chinese Factories: A post written by Jay Adams, our co-founder, about manufacturing in China.
- 5 Days in China: A day-by-day account of one of our trips to China and visiting factories.
- Shopping Responsibly: One of our favorite bloggers, Lee Vosburgh, writes about making the switch to cultivating a conscious closet.
- The True Cost: An eye-opening documentary on the fashion industry. This is totally worth the 1.5 hours and you can watch it on Netflix.