Dinateks is a manufacturer of denim and non-denim garments, established in 1990 in Turkey. Dinateks’s main factory, is located in Tekirdag, 135km west from Istanbul. Two other sewing factories are located in Bulgaria, but the production for Kuyichi takes place in Tekirdag. This factory has a sewing department and an in-house laundry to wash and finish the garments. They have a good wastewater treatment system in place which is ISO 14001 certified.
Dinateks has different certifications, such as ISO 9001, OHSAS 1800 and since 2018 also GOTS. Dinateks is a long time partner of Kuyichi, producing for us since 2008. We visit them on a regular basis.
SARP is a factory founded in 1983 and located in the south of Turkey. They have been a sustainable denim manufacturer for over 30 years now and are strongly committed to making sustainability more than just a trend. Their goal is to solely produce Since 2018 they use a brand new laundry that can make beautiful & sustainable washes, measured by the Environmental Impact Measurement(EIM) score.
The first Kuyichi denim by their hand was launched in stores March 2018. They are GOTS certified and have been audited by Fair Wear Foundation. We visit SARP regularly during our Turkey visits.
Soorty is a manufacturer of denim garments, established in 1983 and located in Pakistan. Soorty is a leading company when it comes to sustainability and innovation. They are a big company who work for several – denim – brands with a lot of options for more sustainable production techniques. With their own policies they strive to become a more sustainable company and encourage the brands they produce for to do the same. They are strongly dedicated to offering the most innovative, environmentally friendly, and pro-social technologies available. Our denims made by Soorty are washed with sustainable laser and ozon techniques. Techniques that save a lot of water and chemicals.
Soorty has brought its vision towards vertical sustainability to life by minimizing its waste, water, and energy footprints throughout all steps of the manufacturing process. Soorty has an in-house spinning mill and laundry which means they make the jeans from raw fibre to final product.
Soorty has an impressive amount of certifications. They’re SA8000, ISO9001 and GOTS certified & BSCI and Higgs Index participant. This makes them a really transparent and regularly controlled company. To find out for ourselves Floortje Dessing & Peter Schuitema visited the factories in Pakistan in march 2017. Find out more about this supplier on their site.
Egedeniz is our new tops supplier, their first production was for our AW2018 collection. They were the first GOTS certified organic textile company in Turkey. Besides they also take an active role in helping Syrian refugees by giving them sewing machine training.
This textile company started in the early 1900’s, and soon became a leading figure in organic production, always being open for innovations and emphasizing the well-being of their employees and the environment. They’ve committed to the European Global Goals for Sustainable Development and completed the Higg Facility Environmental ánd Social Labour modules. We visited Egedeniz ourselves in 2018. Visit them digitally here.
Erius is our supplier closest to home in Portugal, situated close to Porto. They make GOTS certified Tees and sweaters made from organic cotton that are of beautiful quality. Also named after a god, Eros – Greek god of love, we feel a strong connection to them.
On an annual basis Erius is audited by Sedex as well as BSCI. Besides they’re also GOTS and OEKO-TEX 100 certified and have an environmental management system that is certified with ISO 14001, proof of good environmental practices as well. Not to mention, Erius has a feminine owner, something that you don’t see that often. Learn more about them on their website.
Since 2018 Seyfeli is one of our tops suppliers from Izmir, Turkey. They were founded in 1997 as a children tops factory and expended their business to Tees for all ages. Since 2002 they started with organic production, making them an expert in this area. Their first KUYICHI production were, amongst others, our ACT Tees.
Seyfeli is a GOTS and OCS certified facility and audited under Sedex. They had an active role in the Aegean Apparel Industry Association and Aegean Exporter Association in the development of the organic production in Turkey. They have a big commitment in improving the industry, as they say themselves on their site: “We will try to leave a liveable world for future generations, as minimising the harming to the environment and nature during our work.”
We do love our vegan products! However, we can always appreciate the durability of a good leather belt. Sun Belts Europe is our partner making these quality belts, located close to Europe in the North of Morocco, Tanger. They are committed to use the hides to the fullest, by minimising their waste and recycling the left-overs whenever possible. Sun Belts Europe is regularly audited by BSCI. They only use European leather that meet the requirements of CAT1. Even all the buckles and other trims are produced in Europe, as are the – Italian made – buckles we use for our belts.
The leather used for our belts comes from Montana, a tanner in Tuscany, Italy. Montana is a family-owned company with over 20 years of experience in vegetable tanning. Being member of the Leather Working Group this tanner is audited on social and environmental topics, such as chemicals (conform ZDHC), energy use, (waste)water, traceability and housekeeping.
Montana is also part of the ‘Consorzio Vera Pelle Italiana Conciata al Vegetale’ together with 20 other Tuscany tanneries. Also known as the ‘Genuine Italian Vegetable-Tanned Leather Consortium’ in English. Since 1994, these tanneries committed to upholding the heritage of genuine Italian leather, Vachetta, produced following the traditional methods for vegetable tanning. Learn all about this craft here.
Zhejiang Ishii Fuxing Knitwear is located in the Eastern part of China in Hangzhou, close to Shanghai. They started making knitwear in 1990 and have been specialised in knits ever since. Their first production for Kuyichi were the rainbow knits for the Antoine Peters collection, launched in 2018. With their beautiful yarn qualities and knits they make lasting favourites.
Zhejiang Ishii Fuxing Knitwear is monitored under BSCI for their social compliance. The facility is GOTS certified and regularly visited by Fully Fashion, our knitwear specialist partner. They have also signed the Dutch Agreement on Garments and Textiles and they do their due diligence accordingly. Learn more about this here.
Bossa is one of our fabric supplier in Adana, Turkey. They established in 1951 and specialise in denim fabrics. Bossa is member of the Better Cotton Initiative and aims to make Better Cotton 90 % of its cotton consumption in 2018, while the remaining 10 % will be organic cotton.
The list of certifications Bossa has is impressive, amongst others: GOTS, BCI, OEKO-Tex 100 and ISO 14001. They are a truly transparent company, reporting about sustainability goals, standards and social projects thoroughly on their site. If you want to learn more, check out their site here. Just like Kuyichi, they’re member of the Alliance for responsible Denim and are experimenting and pushing the use of – post consumer – recycled denim.
Kilim Denim is one of our four fabric suppliers. It was founded in 1953 and has been making fabrics for over 60 years within four textile companies. The weaving factory has the ability to produce 30 million meters/year denim, gabardine and highly technical military fabrics. They produce different kinds of denim fabrics. Some of them out of GOTS certified organic cotton, which is what we use. Just like Kuyichi, they’re member of the Alliance for responsible Denim and are experimenting and pushing the use of – post consumer – recycled denim.
Tejidos Royo is one of our denim fabric suppliers and founded in 1903 in Spain. They have a strong commitment towards sustainability. They call it their ‘360° sustainability philosophy’. With this, they continuously improve their social, economic, labour and environmental aspects in all parts of their value chain. It’s part of their DNA.
Royo’s fabrics can have different certifications like OEKO-Tex 100, GRS (Global Recycled Standard) and OCS(Organic Content Standard). They are Textile Exchange and BSCI Member and are OEKO-Tex STeP certified. Every year they challenge themselves to save more energy and reduce their waste. You can see the results in their yearly reports. They’ve also set up their own foundation – the Jose & Ana Royo Foundation – which contributes to economic development and quality of life in their local community. This foundation supported 216 people in total so far, among which some of their own workers. Check out their site or their company video for more information about Tejidos Royo.
When we decided to replace our leather patches for vegan ones, we needed a company who could produce an animal-free replacement. This way Cadica became our jacron – a washable paper – supplier.
Cadica has a high standerd on basic employment principles and rights. They create plenty of scope for women, support local initiatives and humanitarian associations. They’ve obtained a number of product certifications like OEKO-Tex 100 and ISO 9001. The jacron patch is recycled and FSC certified paper. Find out more about this supplier here.
Coats is our yarn supplier, almost every bit of thread you find in our styles comes from them. Only our supplier Soorty uses their own yarn. Coats is making yarns for over 250 years now. They’re constantly working on lowering their environmental impact by looking at waste, water and energy-use during their manufacturing and packaging processes. They report annually about the progress they make. Coats is also a member of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Programme and eight of their plants are ISO 14001 certified.
All the manufacturers of Coats are bound to their employment standards. They have different programmes and processes to educate their employees about health & safety and ethics. In 2016 they also had a Safety Climate Survey. They have in-depth information about their corporate responsibility on their site.
All non-metal buttons are made by EU Designs Shantou factory in China, their first and biggest facility. This factory had a clear goal from the start. They wanted to become a fully vertical producer of urea buttons. Urea is an organic material and looks alike but is a softer material, that’s why people call it vegetable horn. For us, they produce buttons made out of corozo, urea and polyresins. Corozo is made from the fruit of the Phytelephas tropical palm. The nuts hid in the fruit are harder than wood and have a lot of comparisons with ivory, which gives Corozo the nickname vegetable ivory.
The Shantou factory is an example for other facilities when it comes to working ethics and the adoption and development of new finishing techniques. ‘Visit’ the factory by watching the movie on their website here.
YKK is the famous zipper supplier. If there is a zipper in your clothing there is a big chance it comes from YKK. Over the years they’ve established themselves as a manufacturer of good and durable zippers and buttons. In Kuyichi denim you can both find YKK zips and metal buttons and rivets. YKK has a beautiful philosophy: ‘No one prospers without rendering benefit to others’, referred to by them as the Cycle of Goodness.
To transform the philosophy into action they have set up guidelines and strict policies. YKK works with a list of restricted substances, has a policy for conflict materials, wastewater treatment and recycling and measures their environmental and social impact with the Higg Indiex by Sustainable Apparel Coalition. They are constantly innovating and implementing new technologies like fast dying processes and the development of biodegradable products. Their process is Bluesign certified, the products are OEKO-Tex 100 certified and they participate in different education and community development projects. The Turkish facility that is being used for our trims is also ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certified. We have visited their high-tech Turkish facility in 2019. Read more about YKK’s projects and their sustainable policies on the site.
In the search for sustainable packaging, we stumbled upon Rajapack. We like them because not only do they possess ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification, member of FSC France and they also have a clear and determent vision on sustainability.
They have set themselves 10 principles and formulated their own goals. For instance they want to ‘increase the procurement of environmental products’, ‘communicate and promote their environmental actions’ and have founded the RAJA-Danièle Marcovici Foundation. This foundation co-funds charitable projects to strengthen the position of women at risk of violence, injustice and poverty around the world. Find their products and visions on their site.
We love ourselves some green. That’s why we love using Growing paper. This paper has a little surprise for you. During the making process, flower seeds are added. The paper is made of potatoes and printed with biodegradable ink so it totally disappears when planted.
After reading, plant your growing paper. Cover the paper with some soil, water frequently, give it some love and wait till the flowers start to grow and bloom. Read more about this company and the paper they make here.
We strive to use more and more (post-consumer) recycled fibres in our pure goods. To make old discarded and worn-out denims into new regenerated jeans, you need to first cut them into tiny pieces. Afterwards they’re shredded into even smaller pieces until the garments have turned back to fibres again. These fibres are then used to make beautiful new fabrics with a lowered environmental impact.
To make Post-Consumer Recycled Denim (PCRD) you need knowledgeable partners. Gama is our Turkish shredding partner who supply us with PCRD fibres. Most of these fibres come from discarded Turkish denim, but Gama also shreds the denim that we ourselves have collected in the Netherlands. Besides they’re also specialised in recycling old PET-bottles into new recycled polyester fibres.
They’re located close to and are a long-time partner of Bossa, one of our Turkish denim mills that supplies us with PCRD fabrics. On their website you can see how much old garment & PET-bottles they have fiberised this day, this month and this year!
Recover is one of the leading textile recyclers. Antonio Ferre started with a textile factory in 1914 in Spain. In 1937 he turns it into a business with a totally new vision: turn textile waste into yarn. This makes them a pioneer in sustainable materials and processes and a big contributor in the change towards a truly closed-loop fashion industry. In 2006 the company changes its company name to Recover, which also envisions their mission.
Recover specialises in upcycled cotton yarns. Their yarns have been measured on their environmental impact by the ‘Higg Material Sustainability Index (MSI)’ and have been named the lowest-impact cotton yarns. Besides, they are free of hazardous substances and certified by the Global Recycled Standard and OEKO-Tex 100. Their special machinery recovers the longest recycled cotton fibres possible. Find more info about Recover on their site.
Re-Bell is a shop concept by designer Blazinbell. She makes unique handmade pieces from dead stock and post-consumer clothing. She teams up with different fashion labels to minimize the textile waste. She uses the deadstock to make new beautiful garments. You can recognise them by their beautiful patchwork patterns she uses.
Re-bell also gives a platform to other young designers. It’s a collection of ‘unique handmade products that are made to last’. Find out more here.