We looked to Peru as it has a strong community of artisanal sweater makers who have a deep history in crafting exceptional products. When we met with ITV Groupo we knew we had found the right partner. They were able to produce a 100% organic cotton sweater in which all materials and production from seed to finished product were done in Peru. This allowed us to ensure the supply chain was concentrated and transportation between manufacturers was kept to a minimum. In the area of social responsibility ITV Groupo pays their employees a living wage and maintains a fair trade certification through Fair Trade Peru. We learned a lot from this experience in international sourcing and will take these learnings to ensure we always put forward the cleanest and most responsible products.
How We Plan to Improve
Our new manufacturing partners in India will also allow us to improve supply chain visibility. Because they are vertically integrated and purchase cotton directly from farms products made by these partners will be 100% traceable.
Code of Conduct
Certifications and Progress
This year we experimented with manufacturing goods outside of the United States. Going into this new sourcing there were some things that were must haves. Some of the questions we asked ourselves were…
Does the manufacturer utilize renewable energy and are they able to use environmentally and socially responsible fibers? (Ultimately can they make clothing with less impact?) Are the manufacturer’s efforts verified through known and trusted certifications?