Inside Denimsmith’s Melbourne Factory

by: Rosie Dalton | 2 months ago | Features

Image: Denimsmith’s Vinh Le.

We've just made our dream jeans in collaboration with fair, local denim producers – and denim experts – Denimsmith. Back in 2019 (we checked in with Denimsmith this week though and everything in this interview still stands) we caught up with Vinh Lee, director of manufacturing company Vince Clothing Pty Ltd which is the parent company of Denimsmith, to discuss how denim production works, and why being fair-accredited (Denimsmith's facilities are Ethical Clothing Australia-accredited) matters to him.

Rosie Dalton: Can you introduce yourself and tell us about your role at Denimsmith?
Vinh Le: Hello, my name is Vinh Le and I’m the director of manufacturing company Vince Clothing Pty Ltd, which is the parent company of Denimsmith. Being the owner of the manufacturing facility means I look after all aspects of the jean making process for Denimsmith.

Rosie: What does your average day look like?
: Usually my day starts very early at the factory on the cutting tables. I create markers and fabric lay’s all by hand. I take my time in cutting, to make sure it’s done correctly – so when it reaches the machinists, everything runs smoothly. I’m always at the factory finding better ways of garment making and fixing machines around the place. I’m hands-on and like to lead by example with my manufacturing team.

Rosie: How would you describe the factory?
: We have our Studio + Factory + Store in one big warehouse. The layout is very practical and organised so the customer can see the jean making process when they visit us in inner city East Brunswick. I have my cutting area on the right-hand side and on the left is the line of garment machines. In the middle is our inspection tables and to the front of the factory is the finishing machines, where we add buttons and rivets.

Rosie: Denimsmith is ECA accredited. What does this look like in practice?
: It was important to us when starting the brand 3 years ago that it carried the Ethical accreditation, as we have been on the manufacturing side of the industry for a long time – more than 20 years now. We know it is important that our machinists are well looked after, treated fairly and have safe working conditions.

Once again, here are the fairly- and locally-made jeans of our dreams we made in collaboration with Denimsmith:

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