Who Made My Sleepwear? May 21, 2018 12:50

I'm so thrilled with all the campaigns encouraging awareness around the fashion industry. 

In the spirit of this, I thought I'd take you behind the scenes to where your sleepwear is manufactured.

It is a small factory which takes pride in developing skills from scratch, and whose machinists have been there for many years.

 

Roderick

Roderick is a general assistant, but deals mainly with cutting and fusing. Many collar and cuff fabric pieces need to be reinforced with an iron-on fusing so they don't go out of shape.

He has a wife and a 4 year old boy.

 

Paulina

Paulina with the hundred-watt smile has been a machinist for 6 years now. She stitches the fabric and trimmings together.

She has a husband and 3 children aged 18, 11 and 1.

 

Sharon

Paulina has one child - a 7 year old boy who has recently started school.

She is shy and soft-spoken, but has a very serious job: She's quality control! Everything has to pass her strict standards before coming back to me. She's been doing this for 5 years.

 

Ismael and Alfred

Ismael (left) is the grandpa of the business. Generally the second in command at the factory, he's been doing this for 26 years! He has a wife, 5 children and 2 grandchildren.

Alfred (right) has been cutting for 3 years and has 2 children, aged 7 and 4.

They both deal with pattern markers and cutting of fabric.

 

Abbie

Abbie is a machinist, so stitches and overlocks raw edges. He works at the speed of light - he's been doing this for 18 years.

He has a wife and 2 kids.

 

Dima

Dima, the production manager, is a designer herself, and after struggling with other manufacturers (every designers' bug bear), discovered she was really passionate about being involved with a company that offered excellent service and delivered on time.

 

Wendy Bloom

Wendy is the doyenne of this initiative. A kind-hearted soul who has been in the business for decades. For now she deals more with training and client liaison. 

 

Photo credits: Peter Driessel Photography