Who made my clothes? | The Extra Smile

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Who made my clothes?

PSE workshop

 

We want to be as transparent about our production chain as possible. It is not always easy, as the fashion industry is built on opacity. It took us quite a long time to find trusted suppliers who agreed to work with us and produce small quantities.

Below you find our fellow fashion revolutionaries who make The Extra Smile possible. 

Fabrics

  • 100% Certified Organic Lycra Cotton: supplied by White Arc (New Delhi, India), GOTS certification, used in jumpsuit, trousers, shorts.
  • 100% Certified Organic Cotton: supplied by White Arc (New Delhi, India), GOTS certification, used in jumpsuit, trousers, shorts, unisex tunic, dress/tunic, short-sleeved shirt.
  • Certified organic Jersey: supplier by Green Tailor (Maninagar, India), GOTS certification, used in T-shirts.
  • A blend of 70% certified organic cotton with 30% superfine baby alpaca, supplied by IncaTops (Arequipa, Peru), used in our Dream Out Loud collection.

Embroidery: 

  • 100% cotton thread supplied by Hong Shop (Bangkok), manufactured by Cotton patchwork & Super cotton (Japan), embroided by Gamma Industries (Bangkok), used in T-shirts.
  • Embroidery by GOTS-certified workshop Alfa Shirt in Belgium, used in our basics collection.

Sequins: Sequins from recycled plastic, manufactured and supplied by The Sustainable Sequin Company (London, UK), embroided by Gamma Industries (Bangkok), used in The Magic T-shirt.

Sewing yarn: recycled polyester yarn, using Repreve technology (certified), manufactured by A&E (Vietnam), used in our entire collection. 

Accessories

  • Buttons: Wood, metal or shell, supplied by Hong Shop (Bangkok)
  • Zippers: metal and plastic, supplied by YKK (Bangkok and Santiago, Chile)
  • Pompom: polyester, supplied by Hong Shop (Bangkok). Note: We are searching pom-poms in recycled cotton or recycled polyester. If you have any suggestions, please let us know!
  • Leather labels: from industrial leather waste, supplied by Attavio, Santiago de Chile.

Designers

    • Nasdrovia is a French creative duo based in Seoul and Paris. They show proof of know-how, inventiveness, professionalism and have advised, directed and supported us in design, model making, pattern making and gradation.
    • Florence Collin is a French knitwear designer, based in Santiago de Chile. In her research workshop, she experiments with a multitude of colours, stitches, reliefs, and knitting techniques. 

Workshops

Fairsew team
  • Fairsew (Phnom Penh, Cambodia):Under the leadership of Anneliese Helmy, who has been active in the fashion business for more than 30 years, Fairsew offers impeccable service and demonstrates that our clothes can be made in a way that does not harm the environment or exploit people. Each month, employees receive a fixed salary that is sufficient to cover their living expenses and save money. Employees participate in decision-making and define the goals and aspirations of the team. Subsidized health care is provided, as well as maternity leave, annual leave, and all holidays. English classes are also offered twice a week. Fairsew's mission is to show that it is possible to make clothes and pay employees fairly, based on their skills. The environmental objective of Fairsew is to store and use as much as possible of their waste. Thus, it manufactures yarns from jersey remnants to create scarves and pet toys, develop new products using leftovers from fabrics to make bags, tops or jackets. 70% of our inaugural collection is made at Fairsew. Sopheak, the workshop manager, and her team do a great job where every detail counts. We are proud to entrust our production to this fair and social workshop.
  • Pour un Sourire d'Enfant (PSE) (Phnom Penh, Cambodia) is a French NGO whose mission it is to get children out of extreme poverty and guide them towards a skilled, dignified and well-paid job. To fulfill this, six main programmess - adapted to the needs of the children - have been developed: to feed, to care, to protect, to educate, to train for a job, to help the families. Their schools have more than 6,000 children throughout Cambodia. The production of uniforms, formerly manufactured externally, is now handled by their workshop in Phnom Penh: PSE sewing workshop. Mainly staffed by women, the workshop produces more than 18,000 uniforms a year and has developed its own fashion and accessories brand: le cartable de ChandaThe workshop has recently opened to fashion brands and we are proud to be associated with their ethical workshop. Sopharit, workshop manager, is a passionate, open and generous man. He listens to his workers and customers. Our team of three wonderful women (Khayly, Sina and Dara) and Sopharit handle our collection and bring their know-how on each model. All employees of the PSE sewing workshop benefit from a free six-month training program at the PSE vocational training schools. All are above 18, and are paid above the average wage in Cambodia, they have insurance and medical expenses are covered. They work from Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm and rarely or never work on weekends, all in a secure and safe environment.
  • Gamma industries (Bangkok, Thailand) is a family-owned business, established in 1981 by two joint families. Since its inception, Gamma Industries is still holding its place as one of Thailand’s leading manufacturer of woven labels and multi-head embroidery.  With now more than thirty years of experience, Gamma has established itself as one of the biggest manufacturers in Thailand. Ajay, our contact, is very interested in diversifying towards sustainable alternatives such as recycled sequins and cotton or recycled polyester threads. Eventhough Gamma usually works with multinational clients, Ajay was thrilled to help us with our sustainable brand and we thank him for this openness. Thanks to Gamma, we can incorporate beautiful and eco-friendly embroidery in our garments.
  • Florence Collin (Santiago, Chile) produces knitwear with home knitting machines, which are of low energy consumption and low material waste. She works with independant home knitters who are paid a decent fee for each garment.

 

Basics

  • We buy some ready-made basics from Stanley/Stella, a company that works with GOTS-certified and certified recycled materials. They have been a member of the Fair Wear Foundation since 2012. These garments are part of our Sustainable Basics collection