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Knitted Factory

Ribeiro & Campos
Ort

Barcelos, Portugal

Gegründet

1979

Beschäftigte

101, 79 women and 22 men

Über

Das Unternehmen ist seit über vier Jahrzehnten in Barcelos im Norden Portugals tätig. Der Gründer war Webmaschinentechniker und seine Frau Näherin. 1979 arbeiteten sie noch von ihrer Garage aus, aber das Unternehmen wuchs schnell und zog bald in ein eigenes Gebäude um. Dadurch konnten sie auch ihr Team vergrößern, das zu diesem Zeitpunkt aus 15 Fachkräften bestand. Das Geschäft lief weiterhin gut und man konnte bald erneut umziehen, und in modernste Maschinen und Werkzeuge investieren, um auch die anspruchsvollsten Auftraggeber zufrieden stellen zu können. Damals war man hauptsächlich für internationale Kunden tätig. Ende des Jahres 1999 stieg der Sohn nach Abschluss seines Studiums in das Familienunternehmen ein, für das er bis heute arbeitet. Obwohl das Unternehmen längst vom Sohn geleitet wird, sind die Eltern, mittlerweile 70 und 72 Jahre alt, immer noch täglich in der Fabrik anzutreffen. Im Februar 2021 begann man mit dem Bau eines neuen Betriebsgeländes, auf dem man auf doppelt so viel Fläche noch effizienter produzieren können wird. Und nicht nur das: dank Solartechnologie wird dort auch eigener Strom produziert werden. Das Familienunternehmen hat sich zum Ziel gesetzt, als Geschäftspartner für Modemarken auf der ganzen Welt zu fungieren und so nicht nur ihre Expertise voranzubringen, sondern auch den Fokus auf ethische und soziale Verantwortung sowie die Umwelt zu lenken. All das verpackt in die Produktion hochwertiger Bekleidung. Das Unternehmen investiert viel Zeit in die Suche nach und Entwicklung neuer Materialien, Verarbeitungsmethoden und Accessoires. Entsprechend ist man dort stets über die neuesten Trends, Techniken und vor allem Technologien auf dem Laufenden – denn neben der Nachhaltigkeit steht die Kundenzufriedenheit an erster Stelle.

Meet our factory workers

How long have you worked at the company?

My parents founded the company in 1979. Since I was a child I’ve been involved in the business, in the beginning most likely just annoying my parents since I was using the factory as my playground. Only at the end of 1999 I joined the team as an Assistant in the commercial department.

How did you start working with textile and garment production?

Ever since my goal was to join the team and help my parents to grow the business. After I graduated in Economics it was clear to me what the next steps would be like.

What is the most fun part of your job?

Apart from the contact with our team, the most fun part is to see products produced by us at the store and think about the entire process and people that made it happen.

What is your favorite item to make/produce?

I don’t have a favorite item. What I value is items that challenge us and lead us to try new processes. Sometimes we fail but always try again and again until we manage to finally get there. Thanks to our team, we are able to produce a huge range of products - we are not only a T-shirt or sweater producer. That is what I value the most.

Fun fact about yourself?

It is easy to make me laugh, and most of our colleagues too :)

What is it like to work with Djerf Avenue?

It has been a pleasure and quite easy to manage. The Djerf team performs a lot different from the usual standards where most of the times we are not seen as a partner.

Which is your favorite Djerf Avenue item?

Until now, the pajama set made in a fantastic fabric and lovely prints...but I would love to produce a Rufus Sweater ;)

What do you think is important to achieve a good working environment in a garment factory?

We don’t believe it’s possible to work anymore as it was in the past, producing large quantities and repeating the same tasks day by day under stress. Nowadays we perform a lot of different tasks during only one day or even one hour. The range of garments we produce requires all team members to be involved. Also, suggesting changes on production process in order to improve quality and/or reduce time of make - so either we have a good environment or it is impossible to have a good performance when we are not making only T-shirts or Sweaters.

What do you think is important to do to produce clothes with sustainability in mind?

As we are GOTS and OCS certified we don’t use any harmful substances. In fact, even before we were certified we were not using it. From a product point of view it is, in our opinion, very important to use good fabrics/accessories that will last longer and avoiding the fast fashion level in which a garment lasts less than one season.

What are your interest? What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love running and spending time at home with my three girls and Ollie, our Portuguese Water dog.

Something that you are proud of?

I’m proud of what we accomplished until now - it’s not much, I’m sure much more will come, but looking back I think we all made a great job. I’m just a small part of the chain, so most of all, I’m proud of our team performance.

How long have you worked as a seamstress?

20 years

How did you start working with textile and garment production?

Started working because I needed to and there was no other job offer at that time, but now it's become a passion of mine

What is the most fun part of your job?

The challenge of building pieces that I can see people wearing

What is your favorite item to make/produce?

From the moment I start, I like to do everything. But maybe the piece I like to make most is a dress

Fun fact about yourself?

I'm very playful

What are your interests? What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to spend time with my family

Something that you are proud of?

My children! I am proud of the work I do, because I put all my love and dedication into it!

How long have you worked as a sewing machine technician?

18 years, 17 of which here at this factory

How did you start working with textile and garment production?

Due to family influences, I always had a small clothing business

What is the most fun part of your job?

The most fun part is going to work and not knowing what I'm going to do. Just the fact of not doing the same thing is already fun

What is your favorite task?

I like everything I do, but being available to imagine something to try to improve production is very good if I succeed in the end

Fun fact about yourself?

It's being funny and telling a few jokes at the tightest and most stressed moment of work

What are your interests? What do you like to do in your spare time?

Geocaching, spending time with family, and traveling is my best hobby

Something that you are proud of?

I feel proud of the person I am, and the family I have

How long have you worked as a pattern maker?

I have worked as a pattern maker for 23 years

How did you start working with textile and garment production?

I always had an interest in fashion so I started by taking a modeling course and the area where I live has a lot of job offers

What is the most fun part of your job?

The most fun part of my job is being able to keep up with fashion trends and apply my modeling knowledge to help create the effect the client wants

What is your favorite item to make/produce?

The article that I like to make the most is the dress and it is also my favorite

Fun fact about yourself?

I like to say some jokes

What are your interests? What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to go for walks. In my free time I like to read and spend time with my family

Something that you are proud of?

I am proud of the family that has always supported me to be professionally successful

How long have you worked as a quality controller?

I have worked for this company for 40 years, but as a quality controller for 35 years

How did you start working with textile and garment production?

I chose the textile sector because it was something I always liked and over the years my passion has grown

What is the most fun part of your job?

The most fun part of my job is when a problem arises and we, as a team, manage to solve it in a relaxed and very efficient way

What is your favorite item to control?

In general, I like to control all kinds of pieces, but the dresses, because they have more details, are what I like the most

Fun fact about yourself?

It is easy to make me laugh

What are your interests? What do you like to do in your spare time?

I go for walks daily. In addition to my walks, I like to be with my family and my dogs

Something that you are proud of?

On a personal level, my son is my pride. On a professional level, I am proud of the role I play at this company

How long have you worked as a seamstress?

For 43 years

How did you start working with textile and garment production?

When I finished school, at that time I knew Mr. João who lived in the same village and had just opened the company so I decided to work with there, because at the time there weren't many other job options

What is the most fun part of your job?

Knowing how to build the pieces and accepting the challenge of making them and knowing their usefulness and quality. And also go to a store or go down the street and see someone wearing a piece I mad

What is your favorite item to make/produce?

The most elaborate pieces are the most challenging, but I like to make all kinds of pieces from a basic t-shirt to a very elaborate dress

Fun fact about yourself?

I'm a little clumsy and sometimes I make others laugh

What are your interests? What do you like to do in your spare time?

I don't have a hobby, but I really like to spend my free time playing and enjoying time with my grandson and my family

Something that you are proud of?

I'm proud of my family of course! And also of this second work family to which I belong and dedicate most of my time and life to, and for which I have enormous respect

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