The majority of our styles are made in New Delhi, India, in collaboration with the small factory Fashion Forte. Fashion Forte is owned by a young visionary woman named Charita, and we have worked with her since the launch of Underprotection in 2010. Fashion Forte only produces for us which has created a unique relationship. Together with Charita and her incredible team, we can create sought after products in an honest and transparent work environment.
We have some new suppliers located in Europe, and they too live up to our wishes for transparency and fair working conditions. We are looking forward to getting to know them even better!
Fashion Forte employs 20 people and majority of these have been with us since the beginning. The work force consists of seven women and 13 men, all in the ages between 20 and 43 years. Getting as close to an even amount of men and women in her team, Charita seeks to lessen the inequality between working women and men in India. These long-time employees are the key to our overall quality in making, but first and foremost their dedication is a quality stamp for Charita and Fashion Forte.
THE WORK ENVIRONMENT
In 2013 we obtained the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) Young Designer license. FWF is an independent, non-profit organization for garment workers, that has helped us keep track of our production in India to fulfill the requirements. The core of this code is made up by eight labor standards derived from ILO Conventions and the UN’s Declaration on Human Rights.
Even though the Young Designer license was discontinued last year, Fashion Forte still lives up to the same standard of fair and safe labor practices as before.
THE SUPPLY CHAIN
When roaming the fashion industry, everything you do leaves a footprint. From sourcing the fabrics, to production and product-end-of-life. To keep our supply chain as sustainable as possible, we make sure our suppliers take social and environmental standards seriously, which is why we only use certified materials. By sourcing mainly from India and Europe, and screening all of our suppliers, we minimize environmental impacts and ensure there are no unfair or unsafe labor practices that go into making our collections.
We will continue to invest in making our main factory as green and eco-friendly as possible, to minimize our waste, water and energy footprints. This way we also secure the best possible working conditions for our colleagues in India. We are constantly sourcing for better and more sustainable fabrics and production methods. Together with many other brands, we will do our outmost to lead and inspire by creating new and greener ways of producing in the fashion industry. Our goal is to always improve in everything we do.
Change is constant!