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.