Bergman Rivera were farmers first, which is why we turned to them when looking for a partner well-versed in organic cotton to make our 100% organic cotton Sojourn tees.
Bergman Rivera manages the entire supply chain for us, from the organic cotton fields to our finished tee that’s sewn at Serflex, a small family owned shop on the outskirts of Lima. Bergman Rivera and Serflex S.A.C. are both GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) approved. This means we know where our organic cotton comes from.
Chen Feng has been making apparel since the early 1960s and employs 15,000 people throughout their 11 factories. They were the first supplier to join the Fair Labor Association, and have recently become fully accredited.
They share our values and work hard to ensure that their employees are treated fairly. Chen Feng makes one of our favorite styles, the Blanket Shirt. They also make some of our jackets, woven shirts, and bottoms.
Hong Ho created programs to assist their workers to buy homes, and provide educational programs where currently 120 workers are enrolled. The team at Hong Ho specializes in producing knits and they make our favorite hemp and organic cotton Outerknown Tee.
The locally based team is really hands on, and helps guide our development and production processes to deliver top-quality products. The Hong Ho facility is one of the best we’ve seen, and it’s always great to visit and take a side trip over to Chichen Itza or the local cenote on our way back to Merida.
Smart Shirts is one of the biggest woven shirt manufactures in the world; they’ve been operating in the same location in Sri Lanka since 1978. What’s cool about Smart Shirts and Sri Lanka, is most of the factories are in satellite areas centered around the villages where the workers live.
That’s why we are in 4 locations, however Kat 3 and 4 are the main locations we produce in. Smart Shirts make our woven shirts and bottoms, and the team in Hong Kong is our day-to-day contact to get our products moving. They really are a global company!
Relationships are everything to us, and SoCal is not only our neighbor, but they’re also our long time collaborators.
They produce knits and wovens, and do both exceptionally well. We launched our first two ‘Limited Supply’ collections with them, and we’re excited about the next ‘Limited Supply’ Collection set to hit the market soon.
World Textile Sourcing; known to us as WTS, has more than 25 years in the textile industry, and they really know how to make Alpaca sweaters. Choosing WTS as a partner to bring our sweater designs to life was a natural fit.
They have technical teams that really understand sweaters, and they help us manage the entire supply chain, from the Alpaca herds in the Andes to our knitting and linking supplier Corceli S.A.C., located in the heart of Lima. Outerknown’s values align with WTS through the variety of grassroots community betterment projects they help underwrite. There is perhaps no better example of this than the Tierra de Ninos program (Land of Children). Tierra has worked tirelessly over the past decade to roll back generations of indigenous disenfranchisement from their traditions and customs, while simultaneously better preparing the kids of today for a productive life in the 21st Century.