We believe in a sustainable future for the outerwear industry and we are trying our best to do what we can to achieve this. We realise we are a small company and that we might miss out on opportunities to make our company more sustainable, but we believe that with the support from you, our community, we can make the best decisions towards a sustainable future.
That's why co-founder Chris Westen explains our decision process towards sustainability and gives you the opportunity to provide us with feedback.
When I’ll be old, I want to look back at my life, being able to honestly say that I have tried everything to do good.
Where other industries have seen groundbreaking developments on mechanisation and robotization of production, the apparel industry still needs human hands to put garments together.
Sewing machines have been upgraded and can perform simple computerised stitching patterns, but the robotization of the complete assembly line is still far away.
We’re monitoring closely to see if we can join new steps in this field, but it looks like we still have a long way to go, especially in our complex technical outerwear territory.
As a result, in the fast fashion industry, most companies are still looking for the cheapest labour they can find. Not caring about the safety, the working hours or a fair salary for the working people.
As Open Wear, we do not want to join this way of working. We want to make sure that the people that produce our products, work in a safe environment, with normal working hours and get paid what they deserve.
We can and will not accept any concessions to this and we only work with suppliers that share these ideals and morals. That's why we believe in sharing all information of our supply chain openly because we do not have anything to hide.
Maxport Limited - 3L Shell Products
Maxport in Hanoi, Vietnam, is producing our 3-layer shell program, and are also the manufacturer of the highest quality products for brands like Patagonia, Arc’teryx, The North Face, Lululemon and various more. Founded in 1995, it has now a workforce of over 5,000 people. Maxport is a leader in the industry with priority on quality and new technology developments.
But that's not all, their factories are built based on a green concept and they have really put this into work. The working facilities are surrounded by trees and plants, to offer the staff a friendly, pleasant and fresh working environment. Make sure to follow them on Facebook.
Like last year, we'll visit the factory during the production and we'll post updates and photos when we are there. If you have anything in particular, you'd like to know, just comment below.
In the next article, I'll dive a bit deeper into the materials we are working with. Make sure to keep on following us!
About Chris Westen
Chris has more than 16 years of experience in the snow apparel industry, with an extensive supply and production network in Asia. He is a passionate snowboarder, with the drive to get the best the first. Specialist in translating ideas into final products, with a focus on innovation. Guiding the development process from sketch to final production