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 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 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.
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 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, 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 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