The cotton has come a long way, and we finally get to the part that most people associate
with textile production: The Cut & Sew process.
About working with factories in Portugal
The factories we work with are all specialised for specific product groups, which is quite normal as you require different machinery to construct different type of products. We work with seven factories in Portugal, and we need to plan carefully so that the fabric from the weavers arrive on time to the correct facility.
This might sound easy, but working with ten different weavers in four different countries, with more than thirty different fabric references per season; which may or may not be in stock at the weavers, and with up to 70 days of transport to Portugal by boat, it can all be very challenging. On top of this there are hardware and accessories like leather patches, buttons, washing labels and size tags to include. Working with production you really need to plan long ahead, as even a week of delay of a single component could be a very costly delay for all parties involved.
From design to jeans
The title of this part of the textile production, Cut & Sew, is a simplified but self-explanatory description of what happens at this stage of production. The fabrics received are cut based on patterns previously designed and tested. Then the different parts are sewn together according to the design. Of course there are a lot of technical aspects involved here as well, for example which type of seams and machinery that should be used at different parts of the garment.
When the sewing process is completed, the garment may be sent to a laundry to wash the garments. Here there are a large range of possibilities. You can give the garment a light rinse to make them softer and pre-shrunk, or a heavy wash with bleach to give jeans a worn in look.
Finally the goods are attached labels and quality controlled, before packed up and sent to its final destination, our headquarter in Norway.