In this section we wanted to give a little overlook at all the stocks and accessories we are using while producing: threads, buttons, care labels, woven brand labels, paper hangtags. We are trying to be as transparent and we can and we really would like you all to be able to actually track your clothes back to the fibers, so here we go.
All the buttons we are using are made of natural corozo.
Corozo is a 100% natural product which is similar in consistency to a hard resin. Also known as tagua, it is often referred to as “vegetable ivory.” At a microscopic level, corozo is made up of very tightly wound organic fibers which give it excellent durability and scratch resistance. Its porous nature allows colors to penetrate deep into the surface which makes it an excellent material for dyeing. Corozo is also well known for its elegant natural grain; a unique pattern that, much like a fingerprint, ensures no two buttons are exactly alike. Corozo buttons are all non-toxic and child safe, while dry-clean washable. They are cratch and high temperature resistant and also impact resistant, so they will not crack or splinter.
Our buttons are made in Italy, Bergamo county, in Palsco by a more than 50 years old company having a deep knowledge in shell and corozo button production.
During the early days we realized, that even if we were trying to get accessories / stocks from local companies, we often got the same products, made in the Far-East somewhere (it was for example suprising, that a local company is having the annual holiday during the Chinese New Year festive weeks).
After this experience, we decided to keep ourselves to the following rule: trying to get everything in the highest possible quality from the closest possible location. It summarises everything we are doiong nowadays, too – if we can not find something in the proper quality nearby, for sure we go further, but trying to keep it as local as we can.
In connection with woven labels, after a long journey, we ended up at DORTEX in Germany, who are producing woven cotton labels with many different quality, size and colour options. All of their products are made in German facilities using high-quality materials and in additiion they guarantee the environmentally-friendly, sustainable production and tested quality of their products. Their woven labels are certified according to Oko-Tex® Standard 100 and are also suitable for the production of children’s toys in accordance with EN 71-3. The labels are also skin-friendly, wash-proof, colorfast and free of hazardous substances.
The certified articles also meet the current requirements of Appendix XVII of REACH (including the use of azo dyes, release of nickel etc.) and the American requirements with regard to the amount of lead (total) in items for children (CPSIA, with the exception of glass accessories).
Dortex woven labels were tested in the test laboratory of Deutscher Verband der Spielwarenindustrie e.V. (Registered German association of toy manufacturers), Lerchenweg 9, 73102 Birenbach, by Mr. Jürgen Jagoschinski in accordance with the current measuring regulations of EN 71-3. All measured values were considerably below the permitted thresholds, the majority of measured values were below the proof threshold.
Our care labels are made in Budapest at a small, family-owned business having more than 25 years experience in making and printing custom labels.
Our paper hangtags are also made in Hungary in Nyíregyháza. They are made of heavy (350 g), 100% recycled cardboard paper. Their whole production is certified according to ISO 9001 (QMS) and ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System) which means, that from the very beginning, until the final product, they have a systematic approach for measuring and improving their environmental impact.
We are using AMANN Belfil-S threads to make our garments and to guarantee the durability of the clothes & the protection of our machines.
For sure we would like you to wear the sweatshirts, shirts, and beanies for a long time and cotton threads unfortunately would not guarantee it as much as these. The other reason is that pilling is a usual thing at cotton threads, meaning that during the sewing process it’s more likely that they either break the needles, hurt our fabrics or our machines, and we definitely can not afford it. Letting the already cutted fabrics be hurt means that all the effort and work that went into that piece of fabric (from the growing of the cotton plant, through the production of the fabric to our pattern making and sewing) was totally pointless. Those pieces of fabrics, which are already cut to the needed shape (front, back, sleeve etc.) and get hurt during the sewing proccess can not really be used as a main part of the garment again, but may be suitable to be used as lining in smaller pieces, so we can save them but with a lot of waste/scraps.
The AMANN Group, having its head office in Bönnigheim / Germany, has over 2,100 employees worldwide and operates six production sites: Erligheim (GER), Augsburg (GER), Ashton-Under-Lyne (UK), Hărman / jud. Braşov (RO), Yancheng, Jiangsu Province P.R. (CHN/JS), Zhongjiang / Putuo District (CHN/SHG). All location are having the ISO 14001, 50001 and 9001 certification – find them below.
The company puts all necessary safety measures in place and to guarantee the safety of their chemicals, STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® and ISO 14001 (together with ISO 50001) identifies the environmental compatibility of all AMANN products.
AMANN participates in “Detox Our Future”, an international campaign run by the environmental organisation Greenpeace. An extended list of criteria was developed in this regard for the certification STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®, which is fulfilled by all their products. Compared to the currently used test catalogue, the limit values have been tightened, particularly for the so-called “detox substance groups”. This certification is not yet mandatory – AMANN is the first sewing and embroidery thread manufacturer in the world to accept the detox obligation of Greenpeace and (re-)certify all relevant products accordingly.