Fabric & Supply Chain

 
 

Garment manufacturing is one of the most environmentally destructive industries on the planet. Everybody has their role to ensure this changes.

Fabric

Our fabric is remnant cotton jersey sourced from fabric suppliers in Phnom Penh.

Remnant Fabric: Left over, unused or unwanted rolls of fabric in it’s original condition.

As a result of Cambodia’s pervasive garment manufacturing industry and issues that occur along the fashion industry’s incredibly complex supply chain, huge amounts of fabric are deemed unusable by brands on a daily basis. This waste occurs due to reasons such as incorrect or oversupply of fabric, last minute changes in production schedules and the ever increasing need by brands to be immediately responsive and adaptive to fashion trends.

These fabric left overs are sold on from brands and factories to a local fabric supply industry, who then sell on through the Cambodian supply chain. We scour the warehouses of our preferred suppliers, finding what we believe to be the best quality cotton jersey,  burn testing every fabric we buy to ensure it has very little or no synthetic fibres.

We know our fabric has limitations. We know we can’t trace the true origins of our fabric. But we are doing what we can, within the context in which we work. We are very aware of our impact on the local economy, and we choose to place our money where it has the greatest impact

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Production

Production takes place at our Dorsu production studio in Kampot, Cambodia. We design, pattern make, sample, cut, produce and package all Dorsu products under the one roof.

Design

Design and sampling occurs in-house, reflecting company design values of easy wearing, good quality and versatile basics.

Pattern Making

In-house pattern making allows our process to be flexible and adaptable and enables us to turnaround ranges quickly without creating pace-driven pressure on an external production house- we can literally walk downstairs and make changes.

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Cutting

Industrial cutting involves preparing layers of fabric that have been shrink tested and washed, cutting pieces and storing in bundles to move through production. 

Production

Up to 8 sewers at a time work across a traditional production line that includes sewing, adjusting and finishing. Our team are not limited to one section of production each, but instead work together across a run taking turns at each stage or task.

Quality Control

Every item undergoes several quality control levels at each stage of the production process.

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Finishing & Packaging 

Our garments are finished with particular attention to detail, recorded, pressed and stored. We use leftover pieces of fabric from our production to make reusable bags and packaging for purchases in-store and online.

Sale 

We have two physical stores in Kampot; our Old Market Flagship Store and Road 33 Production Studio Store, located in the same building as our head office and production workshop.

Visitors to our Road 33 Studio Store can see our production space and get to know where there clothing has been made, how and by who.

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Supply

We choose to work with suppliers who meet our working condition, safety and environmental standards. We choose local Cambodian businesses where we can, and purchase ethically made, environmentally friendly materials.

  • Packaging: Made in-house using our fabric scraps.
  • Swing tags: printed on 100% recycled card using vegetable ink, non-bleached string & safety pins.
  • Neck and care labels: Polyester Certified Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 for harmful substances.
  • Chemicals: No harsh chemicals used onsite and chemical-free cleaning products (including pre-washing garments).  
  • Screen printing: Pthalate-free ink