In the age of information fatigue, it’d be easy to forget that Outerknown is only one year old. But here we are, at the company’s first birthday. And in true Outerknown style, to mark the occasion we’ve been handed a list of places where the company has its clothes made. As a WWD article reveals:
“The Los Angeles-based men’s clothing brand, which was started by pro surfer Kelly Slater and is backed by Kering, has released the names of eight companies that manufacture its $95 recycled nylon swim trunks, $128 pocket T-shirts, $165 organic cotton twill chinos and other items around the world. The suppliers include Bergman Rivera and World Textile Sourcing in Peru, Chen Feng Apparel and Chuang Sheng Knitting in China, Hong Ho Mexico in Mexico, Smart Shirts Limited in Sri Lanka, South Island Garments in Malaysia and SoCal Garment in Vernon, California.”
“It really starts with Kelly,” Shelly Gottschamer, Outerknown’s chief supply chain and sustainability officer, told WWD. “Kelly asked: ‘What am I wearing and where does it come from?’”
The whole idea behind the disclosure is to benefit both Outerknown’s customers and competitors. “For starters, it’s a marketing opportunity,” says the WWD article. “A “shop factory” link directs visitors on the (Outerknown) site to the pieces made by each supplier that are for sale.” And on the flip, there’s the hope that the company’s rivals will move towards using the same environmentally-friendly manufacturers.
It’s a selfless move – one that was pioneered by Patagonia back in 1996 – that really does prove a company’s whole sustainability story.
Article Via Stab Magazine