Manufacture by Liniatex in Slovenia
One of our fantastic Slovenian makers is Liniatex. Set in Šentvid pri Stičn, Liniatex is a family-run business that employs machinists for years, even decades. It is run by husband and wife duo Saša and Dušan Rovanšek.
In 2000 the knitwear company Rasica was about to close one of its factory units in where Dusan's wife Sasa was working as production manager. As a way to keep her own job and that of 30 other colleagues working at the Ivancna Gorica unit, she took over the unit with equipment and workers and started Konfekcija Sasa, specialising in knitwear and casual wear.
Over the years many of the employees retired or left the industry so in 2007 Dusan and Sasa decided to merge the two companies that now permanently employs 7 local workers, many of which have been working with Sasa since as far back as 1986 - they are like family...
Employment legislation in Slovenia is strictly applied in the textile sector so the workers have a guaranteed minimal pay plus several benefits such as, paid commute costs, paid lunch, paid 24 day holidays, paid sick days, statutory 1year maternity leave.
Waste management: all the waste the unit produces needs to be suitably processed. They are careful to cut the material so that there is minimal waste as they would have to pay a fine if the single cutouts exceed a certain size. The cutting table waste and threads are then sent to a processing plant where the waste is used to make filler for mattresses and as insulation for construction industry. Paper, plastic and other packaging is also recycled but the more interesting items such as thread rolls are given to the local nursery for children to play with or use in their craft projects.
Slovenia is one of the few remaining EU countries with a longstanding and uninterrupted tradition of textile and clothing manufacturing going back to the 18th century.
So we get great workmanship on phannatiq pieces safe in the knowledge that Slovenia has strict employment rules including minimum wage legislation, and the textiles industry there is heavily regulated.
When we visited them in January 2017 it was really snowy!
This is the inside!
In addition to the fabrics, we send them samples which are used to inform them how to sew the garments. These are usually made from random fabrics and are just for reference
The fabric is cut at the cutting tables. Saša and Dušan Rovanšek are demonstrating :)
The garments are sewn and pressed. Seams are inspected throughout the process.
Fabric is sent to a local printer to print the neck labels
Finally they are packaged and sent to us in London ready to be shipped to all corners of the world!
The information has been verified by Hidden stitch and we have visited the premises and
Thank you Petra from HiddenStitch for the photos of inside :)