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The Supply Chain Behind Our NICO Collab

by: Rosie Dalton | 11 months ago | Features

The Daybreak Underwire Bra and the Daybreak Hi-Cut Mid Rise Brief.

The Well Made Clothes x NICO collaboration – Daybreak – is a range of sustainable underwear that looks good and is good too. Here, NICO founder Lis Harvey takes us through the supply chain, from concept to creation. 

Rosie Dalton: Can you tell us about the WMC x NICO collab?
Lis Harvey: It’s a celebration of our shared love of comfy undies that are kind to the planet! The range features some of our favourite styles, reimagined in new colours. These are inspired by the beauty and graduation of natural light at daybreak. Our print is an abstract line drawing, featuring elements of the female form. This range celebrates femininity.

Rosie: How are these pieces made?
Lis: The fabrics are knitted in Tirupur, India using GOTS certified organic cotton. We use one of the region’s 32 gauge knitting machines, which produces a really high quality knit that holds its shape. From here, the finished fabric goes to the printers. After doing a couple of tests, we work with a rotary style printer to achieve a nice, sharp image. After printing, we send our fabric to undergo Bio Polish – a process using enzyme solution to smooth the surface of the fabric. This significantly reduces pilling and shrinkage. Then it’s off to the factory for cutting, sewing, checking, ironing and packing before it’s shipped to us.

Rosie: What does the supply chain look like?
Lis: We work with a great team in Tirupur. The GOTS certification provides reassurance about the way the cotton is farmed, spun and knitted into our fabrics from both a social and environmental perspective. We work with a small factory to cut and sew our garments. It is accredited with Sedex, which ensures a fair and safe environment for workers. Overseeing all of this on the ground is our production manager Rajesh, who shares our commitment to manufacturing with respect for people and the environment.

Rosie: Why is producing fairly so important to you?
Lis: The honest truth is I’m uncomfortable with the idea of doing business any other way. I don’t believe that people or the environment need to suffer for us to run our business and this idea sits at the core of what we do.

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