Who Makes Us. One in every six people in the world work in the apparel industry. But it’s an industry that is entirely in the shadows. This has made it one of the largest employers of child and forced labor. By making transparency the new normal, we’re showing the industry that great design does not have to come at the cost of mistreated workers.
Who Makes Us.
One in every six people in the world work in the apparel industry. But it’s an industry that is entirely in the shadows. This has made it one of the largest employers of child and forced labor. By making transparency the new normal, we’re showing the industry that great design does not have to come at the cost of mistreated workers.
We chose to keep our production close to home. All our garments are made in Porto, Portugal. Portugal is a stable and responsible country, the region has long been recognised as the primary centre of European textile production with its wide range of dynamic and innovative factories, and well-qualified workers. Its greatest advantage – the quality of products and manufacture, as well as honest, trustworthy people.
We work with a small family run factory where the whole production process takes place. This enables the women to see what they are making, and where and whom the garments will be delivered and sold too. It is important to us that they are connected to the brand and part of the whole process – in doing so, this gives everybody involved a sense of empowerment and pride in their work.
There are many people involved in the process, with each step of the production being as valuable as the next. We believe in creating a product that truly adds value, not only to the user but also to the manufacturer and the producer. We want to enrich the lives of the people wearing our clothes and also the people who make them so we are currently developing initiatives to invest in the people who make this possible.
Meet the Makers
Meet the factory owner
Ana’s career began in textiles at 18 years old working for a company in Portugal that dealt with big brand clients that made clothes in China. After witnessing first hand the appalling conditions that garment workers faced in Asia she was determined to make a movement in an industry she felt so passionately for, yet desperately needed to change.
She returned from China, a new person with a new vision for the textile industry. Ana was determined to run a factory that was in line with her own values, that showed people compassion, and at the very minimum, safety, respect, and fair working conditions.
Ana runs the factory with her husband Paulo, together they share a beautiful son and they pride themselves on how they treat their workers as part of the family.
Ana is also a passionate Buddhist, vegan, and speaks 3 languages. We are so proud to be working with such an inspirational woman like Ana. We aim to help develop initiatives together that will help and support her vision for a better future for the textile industry.
Discover more about Ana in our video interview below.