Manufactured X Transformers Foundation
When: April 13th at 11am EST / 5pm CET / 6pm Istanbul / 8pm PKT / 8:30pm IST
Duration: One hour
Vertical Integration & The Sustainable Fashion Agenda
As supply chains came to a screeching halt last year, consolidation and vertical integration became the latest buzzwords. But, these ambiguous terms can mean many different things. How and why do suppliers at various tiers decide which parts of the production process they’re going to do? And how does this shape approaches to sustainability?
Manufactured X Fashion Revolution Cambodia
When: April 22nd at 6:30pm ICT / 12:30pm CET /
Duration: One hour
From concept to garment: a behind the scenes look at production
In conversations about sustainable fashion, we often hear about workers and brands. But there’s so much in between. We’ll be chatting to four Cambodian women in management positions on the factory floor. What do they do? What do they like about their jobs? What are their pain points? And how did they end up in the fashion industry to begin with?
A complilation of past events
On this episode we’re taking a look at cotton value chains in the Indian context with Rajeev Baruah, who has worked in cotton for decades. Though his background is originally in agriculture and tea, his cotton journey started with a spinning facility back in the 90s on a mission to work with organic cotton farmers – something that, at the time, was unheard of. In the years since, he’s gone on to work in a number of different roles with different stakeholders across the value chain. Rajeev gives Kim an in-depth look at the steps that go into growing, harvesting, ginning, and spinning cotton, who the commercial actors are, and what their incentives might be within the Indian context.
On this episode we’re exploring one of the final stages of production in apparel manufacturing with Rita Castro & Dionísia Portela from Confetil, a Portuguese garment manufacturer that has been supplying brands all over the world since 1960. Dionísia is Sustainability Manager and Rita is Sales and Commercial Manager for four of Confetil’s customers. They tell us more about the processes that give our clothes the final look and feel that brands aim for, from solid T-shirts to those with graphic patterns or vintage looks, different types of dyes and dyeing processes, and the sustainability of these finishing processes.
To understand the process, benefits and barriers within regenerative sericulture, we go back to Kim’s conversation from November 2021 with Hilmond Hui, Vice President of international clothing enterprise PFG and its subset Bombyx. Hilmond tells us more about Bombyx, which was formed in 2018 with a focus on regenerative silk production and transforming the way silk is produced, traded and consumed. Their Nanchong Ka Fung (NCKF) facility is located in the northeast of China’s Sichuan province, and they’re on a mission to do everything from dirt to fabric and beyond.