PRODUCTION

81% percent of Voglia’s production is in our own factories in Estonia. They locate in Viljandi and Võru. We visit them several times a year to monitor quality and working conditions. We follow Estonian laws of social responsibility and work safety plus check them with for example our monthly reporting system. We direct and track our production and logistics online in Finland aka via web in our hometown Lammi. Quality management is also instructed by our Finnish squad and we are daily in touch with the local site management.

Part of our products require special know-how and machinery, which our Estonian mills can’t serve and provide, so 19% of our selection comes from other countries: 9% from Turkey, 6% from China, 2% from India, 1% from Sri Lanka and 1% from Finland. For instance some of our jeans are manufactured in Turkish mills as they are truly top class forerunners in innovation and sustainability. Besides it’s logistically ecological to sew those garments where they are finished.

Because we are partly dependent on other companies and suppliers, our aim is to continually examine their reliability. In Estonia it’s easy to stay up to date with ethical matters as those factories are our own. We are also working tightly together with our outside manufacturers and visiting them yearly. We monitor our affiliates and have plenty of information, but we still have a long way to go in fundamentally verifying their liability. For Voglia sustainability work is a long-term process and investment, in which we want to challenge ourselves to progress. The work continues and we keep questioning our proceedings for persistent development.

Voglia Estonia factory
Voglia Estonia factory

FACTORIES AND PARTNER COMPANIES

In Estonia we have two own factories. The one in Viljandi consists of a cutting room, a sewing department and a finishing section. There we have 14 employees in total. The other mill of ours in Võru runs with 11 professionals, who operate as dressmakers and finishers. 100% of our Estonian personnel is women. Our mills have local site management and CEO.

Our Estonian factory staff works eight hours a day. We provide them salary according to local average piecework pay. In Võru and Viljandi our garments are produced in cells of 2–3 people. One cell aka a group of professionals sews each piece of clothing together and ready from scratch. In these small teams quality control is smooth and efficient plus it’s simple to master ensembles. Both our factories have an educated commissioner representing our staff and their rights.

Below you’ll find more detailed information of all our factories and affiliates. The percentage after each production country tells its share of all our selection. These mills have the listed certificates, but they don’t yet pertain all our products.

Voglia Eesti, Viljandi

Voglia Eesti, Võru

Estonia, 81%

Voglia Eesti, Viljandi
Product types: trousers, tops, skirts, dresses, jackets and coats
Functioning since: 2007

Voglia Eesti, Võru
Product types: trousers, tops, skirts, dresses, jackets and coats
Functioning since: 1999

 

Turkey, 9%

Kivanc Textile, Istanbul
Product types: jeans and other denim pieces
Certificates and standards: SMETA auditioned,
GOTS, RCS and Oeko-Tex 100
Partnership since: 2018
Website: kivanchdenim.com

Joy Textiles, Izmir
Product type: jeans
Certificates and standards: BSCI
Partnership since: 2011
Website: joytekstil.com.tr

China, 6%

Benswell (JX) Knitting & Garment Co., Guangdong
Benswell (DG) Knitting Factory, Guangdong
Product type: knits
Certificates and standards: BSCI, Oeko-Tex and mulesing-free wool
Partnership since: 2015
Website: benswell.com

Lasessor
Product type: accessories
Certificates and standards: BSCI and SEDEX
Partnership since: 2015
Website: lasessor.com
Further information: a Finnish partner, who produces in China

India, 2%

Lasessor
Product type: accessories
Certificates and standards: BSCI and SEDEX
Partnership since: 2015
Website: lasessor.com
Further information: a Finnish partner, who produces in India

Sri Lanka, 1%

Eskimo, Negombo
Product type: accessories
Certificates and standards: BSCI and Oeko-Tex
Partnership since: 2019
Website: eskimofashion.com

Finland, 1%

Topknit Oy, Siikainen
Product types: knits and accessories
Partnership since: 2019
Website: topknit.fi

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GOTS means Global Organic Textile Standard, which is a leading textile processing standard for organic fibers. It consists of ecological and social criteria plus nonpartisan certification for the whole textile production chain. This standard defines internationally approved qualifications, which ensure the organic status of each ingredient through the process from harvesting to final consumer of the end product.

Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is a global certificate ensuring that a product is safe to use. Each product with this certificate has the right pH to be used safely on and next to bare skin. It must also be proven to contain no harmful chemicals or toxic dyes.

BSCI means Business Social Compliance Initiative, which is a leading supply chain management and auditioning system. It focuses on securing workers’ rights to organize and set up conventions, to have reasonable working hours and an equitable salary, to be entitled to health care and to have safe a working environment and conditions. BSCI is also committed to guard young employees and to prohibit child labor, unstable contracts of employment, penal servitude and segregation.

SMETA means Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit, which is a responsibility audit methodology of Sedex. Sedex is a leading ethical trade service provider maintaining a database of SMETA, which can be either executed compactly (2-pillar) or widely (4-pillar). It’s based on Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) Base Code requirements aka a set of nine principles compiled by international workers’ unions: employees’ right to organize freely and join trade unions, safe and healthy working conditions, sufficient enough salary to cover the basic needs, moderation of overtime practices, legal contracts of employment plus prevention of child and forced labor as well as harassment and segregation. In addition Sedex evaluates and monitors illegal use of migration labor, working conditions of remote work and execution of environmental legislation.

Mulesing-free wool is wool produced without including mulesing operation into it’s making process. Mulesing is a surgery, in which extra skin of lamb’s anus is removed to prevent parasites of laying eggs and cause infection in the area. Both the cutting and its following scar are painful for the animal, on account of which mulesing has been banned in several countries. The highest responsibility certificate for mulesing-free wool is ZQ Standard.

RCS means Recycled Claim Standard, which is a standard for recycled materials to find out and ensure their origin plus assay their percentage of each end product they are part of.