Fashion Revolution Week 2017 Pierre Robert Group

 

#IMadeYourClothes

Who made your underwear? Behind every pair of panties and socks are individuals who feel strongly about good craftsmanship. Come with us behind the scenes and meet some of the workers who sew clothes for Pierre Robert. It may only be a brief peek, but we hope it might spark your interest and inspire you to challenge us to provide greater transparency. We also hope it will remind you of the value behind every single garment we produce. Someone spent time and effort sewing your socks: love them, darn them and recycle them!
 
 

Photo: Joachim Gresslien, Editing: Leon Vikanes.

 

Chen Cas You sews our organic cotton panties for women.

Chen Cas You

Chen (23) sews our organic cotton panties for women. She works for Dali in China.


Chen is from the Gui Zhou province and has a 3-year-old son. She lives in a dormitory at the factory and started two weeks ago. She used to work at a clothing store and heard about the factory job at Dali through friends. So far, she really enjoys her new job.

“I have a good, kind boss. Management has a good training programme and you’re assigned a mentor who teaches you how to sew,” explains Chen.

What’s the worst part about the job?
It’s too early to say!

Do you have any plans or dreams for the future?
I’d like to buy a house. I want it to be big and beautiful, pink, and modern.

 

Where do we make Pierre Robert clothing?

We don’t own our own factories, but our clothing is made by around 50 independent suppliers. For a list of suppliers, please contact csr@pierrerobert.no.

 
 
 
Zhang Jun Fa sews cotton underwear for children.

Zhang Jun Fa

Zhang (20) sews our cotton underwear for children and works at Bosheng Dress in China.


Zhang says that he dreams of a romantic relationship with a girlfriend, as he smiles and flirts with two girls standing behind him giggling.

Zhang has worked at the factory for 3 years and just received his first order for Pierre Robert. He is going to be sewing a cover stitch on our cotton underwear for children and says that he already has experience with similar garments.

He lives in an apartment close to the factory and enjoys sports, especially swimming, basketball and ping pong.

What do you enjoy most about the job?
What makes my job so important is that the finished product must be of excellent quality. I feel strongly about quality and good craftsmanship.

What’s the worst part about the job?
My girlfriend had just left me when I started working here. I was sad for a while, but things are better now.

Is there anything you want to say to the people who use the clothes you sew?
Every single garment undergoes numerous processes. I would like for consumers to learn more about how the products are made!

 

Sue Yin Yin has been sewing Pierre Robert clothing for 5 years.

Sue Yin Yin

Sue Yin Yin (34) works for Pierre Robert supplier Lanbao in China. She sews a cover stitch on our Wool Collection and Sports Wool clothing.


Su Yin is from the Anhui province around 12 hours away, but moved to Jiaxing 10 years ago. She lives close to the Lanbao factory with her husband, in-laws and two children, a 8-year-old boy and 11-year-old girl.

With years of experience in the textile industry, Su Yin has worked at the Lanbao factory for the past 6 years and has sewn clothes for Pierre Robert for 5 of those years. She receives a basic wage plus commission based on the number of garments she sews. She says she gets very frustrated when she discovers a garment with a defect. She puts a lot of effort into creating flawless garments and is motivated by learning something new.

“I like to work on complicated tasks, learn new skills and gain more experience,” says Su Yin.

What do you like to do during your time off?
I like to shop on the weekends!

Do you have any plans or dreams for the future?
I want my children to be healthy and strong and to get a good education and good jobs.

Is there anything you want to say to the people who use the clothes you sew?
To work hard for every product.

 

Designed for Quality, made with care – Why do we visit all of our suppliers?

 

 

Zhai Li

Zhai Li (32) works on the quality control of our organic underwear at Dali in China.


Zhai Li has a 10-year-old son in secondary school. Personally, she enjoys running and listening to music. She has worked at the Dali factory for two years and has worked on Pierre Robert clothing for a year.

The best part about my current job is my boss, says Zhai Li, who says that he is kind and interested in helping the elderly and poor. She has past experience with textile production, when she worked in administration.

Is there anything she’d like to tell the wearers of the clothes?
Much work goes into every single product, real craftsmanship, so I hope that the people who wear them do so with that in mind.

Do you have any plans for the future?
I’d like to buy a car, a black Chang Cheng, which is a Chinese car brand produced in China.

 

Romeo

Romeo (51) is the section manager for knitting and the production of our tights at Calzificio Fap in Italy.


He is from Casaloldo, Italy, and has worked with Pierre Robert for 10 years. Romeo has been working at the factory for 29 years!

What is the best part about your job?
I really like always having something new to work on.


What’s the worst part?
I don’t like working indoors in a closed space and would rather be outdoors.

What do you like to do in your time off?
I like to read and cycle.

 

 

Georgio

Georgio (48) is the sewing section manager and works with Pierre Robert tights in Italy.


He is from Asolo, Italy, and has been working at the Calzificio Fab factory for 15 years, but also has past experience in textile production.

What is the best part about your job?
I like the job and it’s a clean, safe place to work.

What’s the worst part?
I have to deal with a lot of people…

What do you like to do in your time off?
I’m interested in all kinds of sports!

 

 

 

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