We currently produce in Asia – specifically China. Primarily this is because there are actually NO sweater factories left in North America. All machinery was sold off in the 1980’s and only 1 of 2 individual companies remain here making fully fashioned sweater knits! Our lovely factories in China are experts at what they do and we have been working with the same small, family owned businesses for 15 years.
There is still wide-spread opinion that sourcing and manufacturing clothing in Asia-and more specifically in China is a desire for cheap labor and that the conditions under which people work is not good. Our Chinese manufacturers are experts in working with organic and eco textiles and they produce some of the highest quality goods at competitive prices.
All of our factories are reviewed for workers’ conditions and all must show proof of third party monitoring (WRAP or similar). We have formed relationships with these factories and their owners and many of the people that work there are now our friends! Our workers are not involved with politics. We believe they have a right to work and make a living. Our factories have listened to us over the years and instituted changes which have bettered the living and working conditions of their staff.
Two of our factories have adopted stray dogs from the area as pets. Many of the workers support their families and send their children to school based on the money they earn making our goods. The factories we work with are all family owned, small operations that employ workers from the surrounding areas. This means we are able to support families staying together.There are many sweatshops all over the world including specifically in New York and LA. It is important to us that we can personally monitor conditions and we have a partner that respects and listens to our requests for change. We visit our factories twice per year to oversee conditions and make sure our product is being manufactured ethically. While most larger big box companies have moved to less developed countries, we have stayed with our partners in China as their wages increased 7 fold and their conditions became the same or similar to North American standards.
Jane Nemis (owner) working at one of our small factories.
. When we visit the factories, the ladies laugh and joke with us and teach us new words in mandarin. They are free to come and go to the bathrooms, they have tea and water available at all times and they are free to stop work and share a chat with their friends. The food they are served is the same as we eat when there and they have access to fresh fruit and vegetables.
These ladies make your clothes!
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