Our crowdfunding was very successful: we reached 117% of the funding goal. This allows us to have the planned new summer styles produced and launched on the market. We feel a huge joy and gratitude. In the meantime, we have picked up the champagne corks again and removed all leftovers from the party. Now it's time to have the new styles produced. A fair, resource-saving production is our top priority.
Ensuring fair production
Fair working conditions, decent wages, sufficient rest breaks and vacations are important to us. We work exclusively with production companies in Portugal, where strict EU laws apply, compliance with which we can check at any time. For this we also rely on an agent on site.
Shorts and T-shirts are made in Porto and the surrounding area
For the women's shorts, we work with our long-standing partner Emar. Emar is a specialist for our Econyl® fabrics made from recycled fishing nets. The men's t-shirts are produced by Jway on Seamless machines. For the men's shorts we have found a new manufacturer: DCloset. This company is based in the greater Porto area in Portugal - just like the other two production companies.
Why three production companies at once?
Each production company has special machines and experience. That is also the reason why we cannot have production in Austria. This is not so much a cost issue, but rather a question of the available machines and expertise of the seamstresses. Since the decline of the textile industry in Austria and the migration to low-wage countries, this simply no longer exists.
Number of pieces, production details and down payment
With each of the three producers it is necessary to determine the number of pieces including the size split, i.e. how many pieces are to be produced in which sizes. The most common sizes are always S and M, other sizes are ordered less frequently.
It is also necessary to clarify details such as the positioning of the logo, the washing instructions, or even how the hang tags should look and how they should be attached.
Last but not least, it is common to have to pay a deposit of 50% of the order amount. Only then can the fabrics and additional materials be ordered from the respective manufacturers.
So there are still a few steps to be taken before the finished product is ready. Nevertheless, we can hardly wait to finally hold our new summer styles in our hands!