Our choice of manufacturing partners and suppliers is one of the most important ways that we can control the impact of our clothing. Our choices to date have been based upon our sustainability and performance requirements, factory visits, developing close relationships with the company owners and workers, and careful sampling allows us to test our decisions.
Quality – we’ve invested a lot of time, money and energy into finding the right suppliers. For everything from the zips, to fabrics, through to our manufacturing partners the end product will only be as good as the weakest link. In terms of sustainability the biggest impact we can have is through making clothes that last, so that you don’t need to buy new kit so often. We achieve this through choosing partners with best technology and skillsets, through process design, through strict quality control and rigorous attention to detail.
Carbon Footprint and Ethics - We favour European manufacturing and suppliers in order to keep our supply chains short and transparent, ensuring emissions are minimised and ethical manufacture is easier to audit. Within the EU we are protected against poor working practises by European legislation on workers’ rights and environmental standards. But it is still beholden upon us to ensure that our manufacturing partners are adhering to and exceeding these standards, we do this by building good open relationships and working together towards meeting our supplier code of conduct.
We’re confident that this approach has led to us working with high quality and ethical partners. However, as we scale it is important to embed processes that will allow a growing team to screen and monitor new suppliers to the repeatably high standards we aspire to.
Before beginning to work with any new supplier they will be required to complete a supplier screening questionnaire. We have also developed the Presca Code of Conduct, which all current and future suppliers are required to sign up to. We will focus our efforts on suppliers through whom we put the greatest spend initially (fabric suppliers and manufacturing partners), and by 2022 all suppliers for every part of our operations will be signed up to the Code of Conduct.
We have a deepening understanding of the origins of our raw materials and will continue to build on our knowledge and improve the transparency as we do so. Again it’s imperative that we build trust with our direct suppliers and encourage them to take the same due-diligence with their raw materials.
We work with 4 premium Italian fabric mills who knit these yarns into all of the fabrics in our range of garments.
Ecovero for our T-shirts is a sustainably produce viscose derived from accredited managed forests in Europe and Asia and processed into Ecovero (a type of Viscose) by Lenzing.
We use organic cotton in our hoodies. It is grown in multiple locations, and is accredited by the Global Organic Textiles Standard.
Our technical garments are printed, cut and sewn by our specialised European manufacturing partners in the UK and Lithuania. We have built a close relationship with these partners, through numerous factory visits and remote meetings on a regular basis.
Our key manufacturing partner uses 100% renewable energy to make our garments
Our leisurewear garments are manufactured in Fairwear foundation accredited factories in India, Turkey and Bangladesh.