Factory FactsWelcome to everyone who found their way here from our completely-rocking-it Kickstarter campaign! We're so proud to manufacture in the USA we thought you should know more about our amazing production factory. Our fabric hasn't even arrived yet, but I stopped by to say hi and meet more of the people who will be working on our inaugural production run. In my experience, the more you show up at your factory the smoother the whole process will be! Our factory is growing and moving into a bigger space, I got a tour of the new digs and learned some Factory Facts!
The new factory space. It'll look different in 2 weeks when they make the move and even more different in about 5 weeks when The Willary production run is underway!
- Location: Brooklyn, NY USA • Employees: Around 40, but after the move they’re doubling that!
- Wages: Most factories pay by the piece, so to make a decent wage sewers usually work very fast and quality isn’t a priority. At our factory everyone on the floor makes at least minimum wage and can earn additional bonuses for superior work. This system is better for everyone: the factory attracts more skilled workers, you get well-made clothes, the people who made them are paid fairly and we can proudly stand behind our labor.
- Equipment: Amazing. Our factory won a CFDA grant to upgrade to a laser cutting table, which will increase precision and decrease time spent laying out and cutting. Time = money and these kinds of investments bring down everyone’s costs!
- Perks: They’re putting a ping pong table in the new lunch room. Awesome.
Combined total length of the 2 new cutting tables: about 50 yards!I’ll stop in a few more times before we start production and once our fabric hits those machines I plan to be there at least once a week. More photos and updates to come! If you're a fan of Made in the USA manufacturing help keep it robust and spread the word about our campaign! Here's a link to make sharing easy. And here's our Kickstarter page link again.
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