We have our own convictions and commitments in terms of materials, craftwork and textile-based skills, but we also have to contribute to improving the social and environmental manufacturing conditions in the fashion industry.
Since the beginning, we have categorically refused to have production carried out in countries identified as being at risk or not respecting the basic conditions of human or animal decency. And we will maintain this position forever.
We have always chosen to develop long-term relationships with our suppliers. We know them and visit them frequently. In order to reassure ourselves in terms of their working conditions, we have decided that from 2019 onwards an independent organisation should carry out several supplier audit per year, which will be entirely dedicated to the social and environmental aspects of their work.
Over time, these audits will give us a comprehensive overview of our suppliers’ practices and encourage them to stand alongside us in committing to even more responsible fashion.
The Fashion Revolution movement brings together key international fashion players, brands, designers, boutiques, opinion leaders, manufacturers and also enlightened and responsible consumers with a view to transparency.
The aim of this global movement is to encourage textile businesses to consider the manufacturing conditions of their products in the hopes of developing a fashion industry that is more respectful of both its workforce and the planet.
In response to the consumer question #whomademyclothes, the company needs to ask itself questions in order achieve a more detailed overview of the entirety of its supply chain, thereby becoming more responsible. By showing that behind each piece of clothing there are human beings, each with a story to tell, by questioning production logistics and processes, the movement is hoping to make the fashion industry worthier and nobler.
We wanted to share our experience with you within the context of this movement.
Since the founding of Sessùn, we have always been extremely keen to ensure that our production is managed in an intelligent and fair way, in workshops that operate on a human scale. Today 60% of our production is created using fabrics that are woven primarily in France and Italy, and assembled in Europe or Tunisia. The rest of the production is entrusted to factories, based on their traditional and territorial characteristics.
Delocalised, yes, but to a limited degree and in a way that is respectful of local skills and working conditions, as the idea is to collaborate with craftspeople and industries who have unique skills, but share our ethics.
This approach has given rise to a huge number of partnerships and we form a tightly-knit group with our producers, which has been the case since the brand’s inception. These lasting relationships make it possible to work with mutual respect and confidence, and also allow for progress and innovation, as well as with the signature by all our suppliers and service providers of a charter, completed with a questionnaire on their practices.
The Fashion Revolution project and the #whomademyclothes hashtag makes it possible for us to promote textile workers at each stage of the production chain. By revealing their faces, giving them a name and telling their story, we are honouring them and are asking questions of ourselves and, little by little, we are making progress.