When I design a piece of clothing or jewellery, I make sure that I can have it produced within Europe.
Since fashion is still a labour-intensive industry, I want to make sure that the individuals who produce my designs are paid and treated fairly. In Europe, labour laws have a high standard and guarantee that production facilities won’t force overtime or save costs on safety requirements.
"I will only work with a factory if I am sure that their workers are paid fair wages."
Being able to say that my designs are “made in Europe” isn’t enough: I also source my materials within Europe. When selecting yarns to knit and fabrics to sew, I ask my suppliers to provide proof that they produce in Europe, where dyeing and finishing processes on textiles are highly controlled. Besides being safer for the workers, it also yields superior quality and durability.
All the steps until production are conducted in Berlin, so that I can oversee every detail of the process. Then I personally check the production samples and every batch of the production. It takes time and might delay shipping pre-orders when a new collection comes out – but it is a step I would not skip.