Understanding the production process
This has been the biggest challenge of them all, as producing locally in Los Angeles is a priority. Many local factories, though considered fair, are not environmentally friendly or fair-trade enough for Nightswim’s standards. Most contribute to fast fashion waste and even illegally pay workers less than minimum wage.
The collection initially began development with a longtime ally project manager who understood the needs and values of Nightswim but had to cancel during post-development process, as a result of their manufacturing facilities unexpectedly shutting down. The reason: a mass-market retail order which the factory had produced was canceled affecting the business that had successfully operated for over 10 years. That’s the thing about supplying for such a fast-fashion mass market — low costs, high volume, combined with extremely transient trends unfairly pressuring the entire supply chain.
Nightswim, never compromising its core values, sourced for the right factory in Los Angeles. This all was taken as a realignment kick to find an even fairer operating business which was a huge success. The garment manufacturer located in the pinata district of downtown Los Angeles is a hidden gem that prides themselves in high-quality craftsmanship with a strong ethos built in sustainable and ethical practices. Their services reflect towards a progressive movement taking care of its operators, reducing waste and rejecting unhealthy working conditions, fighting low wages and unethical practices.
Nightswim hereby publicly assures that all apparel, textile and footwear workers in our supply chain, who were paid to produce or handle goods at the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, regardless of employment status, will be paid their legally mandated or regular wages and benefits, whichever is higher. This will be assured for the full period of the crisis and contingent on when country-specific government-imposed lockdown have ended entirely. This includes back pay and, where applicable, negotiated severance pay. We will contribute funds of a sufficient amount to ensure that, when combined with other support provided to workers by employers, local governments, and international institutions, workers have income, equal or greater than, the amount they received prior to the crisis. In doing so, we provide immediate much-needed relief for workers, and we act upon our responsibility to prevent and mitigate adverse human rights impacts in our supply chains, and to provide for or cooperate in the remediation of harm. Going forward, we will support stronger social protections for workers by committing to paying a price premium on future orders into a guarantee fund reserved for severance and outstanding wages in cases where employers in our supply chain have gone insolvent, or otherwise have terminated workers, through signing an enforceable agreement with garment worker unions, in line with ILO Recommendation 202, Convention 95 and Convention 76.