Fashion Revolution Day

Have you ever wondered who made your clothes? The annual Fashion Revolution campaign wants to shed light on the makers behind garments and promote a more sustainable fashion industry.

On 24 April 2013, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed. 1,138 people died and another 2,500 were injured, making it the fourth largest industrial disaster in history. The annual Fashion Revolution day that promotes a more sustainable fashion industry will take place on Tuesday 24 April 2018. Fashion Revolution is a not-for-profit campaign that strives to bring forth the makers of products and improve working conditions of the garment industry. The Fashion Revolution Campaign believes that the change for the better starts with a simple question: who made your clothes?

The sustainability of operations throughout our supply chain is very important to Marimekko and we want to do our part in promoting responsibility and transparency in the garment industry. About 70 % of Marimekko products are manufactured in Europe and the rest mainly in Asia. We want to pay special attention to the working conditions in our operations regardless of the manufacturing site or country.

We are proud of our skilled supplier network and all the employees that have their own stories to tell. In the spirit of Fashion Revolution we want to share some of them.

Marimekko Fasion Revolution Day

TMG Group, Portugal

TMG Group is a textile-focused family business based in Portugal and founded by Manuel Goncalves in 1937. The company's textile production ranges from conventional, quilted and knitted fabrics for garments to textiles manufactured for the automotive industry. Co-operation between TMG Group and Marimekko started already in the 1960's. Over the years, the co-operation has grown into a strong partnership that focuses on the growth, success and shared values and knowledge between the two companies.

TMG's textile division employs approximately 500 people. 166 people work with knitwear and clothing manufacturing, 71% of whom are women.  In this ethical, value-driven family business the average career lasts for 20 years. We got to know one of TMG's employees, Fátima Gomes, a seamstress who has worked for TMG for four years. "I love my job. Work is part of my life and my colleagues are my second family. I love my work at TMG because it provides me with a fantastic working environment and community. If one needs help, there are colleagues and managers who are always there to help. This has helped me grow professionally as well."

Like Marimekko, also TMG believes in the importance of quality and functionality when it comes to materials and end product. In addition, the key factor in TMG's product manufacturing is the use of advanced technology in garment sewing and cutting.  "I hope to develop myself further and further every day to help our company achieve our common goals. I would like to learn about new technologies and the use of equipment to increase my knowledge and thereby the quality of our garments.", Fatima says.

Rožė, Lithuania 

Rožė is a Lithuanian company based in Vilnius that produces clothing and cutting and sewing services. The company was established in 1946 and has been working with Marimekko since 2011. Rožė values Marimekko's professionalism, reliability and accountability in addition to Marimekko's business ideas, iconic style and prints.

Rožė employs over 100 people, mostly women, with only 8 men working in the factory. The average age of employees is 46 years and the average career in the company lasts for 12 years. We met Teresa, who works on final ironing. Teresa has worked for Rože for an impressive 31 years. "My job includes finishing and steaming Marimekko's beautiful products." We asked Teresa what would be one thing she would change in her work: "I want to produce perfectly finished and ironed clothes and be happy with the result. Each fabric has its own character. It is a great pleasure to work with high quality fabrics." Teresa also wanted to send greetings to Marimekko: "I wish Marimekko a lot of satisfied and happy customers!" 


NEWTEX, China 

NEWTEX is a clothing manufacturer near Shanghai established in 1997. The company specializes on knitwear manufacturing, especially on wool, cotton, viscose and cashmere products. NEWTEX finds the co-operation with Marimekko interesting and the relationship between the companies amicable and rewarding. 75% of NEWTEX's employees are women and the average career length in the company is approximately 12 years. We met NEWTEX's long-time seamstress, Fei Yuying, who has been working for the company for 10 years. For Fei, the best part of her work is manufacturing clothes, especially sweaters. In her spare time, Fei paints and spends time with her friends. When asking Fei what would be the thing she would change in her work, she replied: "I would like to learn pattern design at work." Fei wanted to send greetings to Marimekko: "When I started making Marimekko sweaters a few years ago, I fell in love with your prints and colors. You can sense energy and enthusiasm in many of them, while some of the prints are more elegant. I hope the person who wears the shirt we produced will experience the same energy and joy as I do in my work! "

Marimekko textile printing factory, Helsinki

Marimekko's textile printing factory is located in Helsinki and operates in the same building as the company's headquarters. The location enables close and inspiring collaboration between the design and product development and printing factory professionals. The printing factory produces over a million meters of printed fabric annually including all of the textiles used in Marimekko home collection, fabrics sold by metre and some of the fabrics used in the ready-to-wear collections and bags and accessories. The fabrics used by the factory are sourced from Germany, Turkey, Peru and Baltic countries.
Ville Linnapuomi has been working as a sample printer for Marimekko for 10 years already: "I'm working at the sample printing machine. Our job is to make samples and prototypes of the prints before they go into production and make new colourways for archival prints. In addition, we test new base fabrics for printing and new fabric qualities." According to Ville, the best part of his job is its versatility - the prints they work with change often ja and they also work with the other printing machines of the factory when necessary. After 10 years of working with sample printing, special projects offer the most inspiring challenges in Ville's daily work. "For example, once we printed on a fabric made from a birch cellulose fiber. We only had a certain amount of the fabric and the job had to be done correctly in one go. Special projects like these are the most challenging parts of the job and bring a nice change to daily tasks." Ville would also like to deepen his expertise in the field of printing even further in the future.

Marimekko Fashion Revolution Day