At Esse, we’re committed to making clothes with a smaller environmental impact in places that support fair wages, no child labor and gender equality. When it comes to choosing where we make our clothes, we look at a number of different factors including quality, location and working conditions.

Quality

By putting quality at the heart of what we do, we ensure that our garments look far better and last longer, extending the life cycle of our clothing. This means that we can get more use out of what we produce and what our customers own, cutting down on consumption. Our criteria for creating the best product rests on selecting the best materials, functionality and durability. We work closely with our factories on achieving this by involving them in the design and sampling process, and sharing constant customer feedback with them.

Location

Where we make our products are important, and we choose to make our garments at small batch manufacturers around the region. Having the garments made close to home is crucial to us, as that reduces our travel distance, lowering our carbon footprint. A close locality also allows us to visit our partners regularly to ensure that they maintain and apply the socially acceptable practices that we have outlined in our Sustainable Partners Guidebook.

Working Conditions

By selecting our partners through a stringent process and putting in place a Sustainable Partners Guidebook for our partners to adhere to, we ensure that we remain true to our values. As our partners are small businesses like ourselves, they may not have had the relevant accreditations certifying a safe workplace and fairtrade practices. However, we visit often to ensure that the workers at our partner factories work in a safe environment and receive benefits like guaranteed minimum wage, paid holiday leave, sick pay and overtime pay. Most of the workers have been at our partner factories’ for over 2 years.