Who Made Your Clothes, Part 3/7, Zhenpu
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This article series by Varusteleka is part of the global Fashion Revolution Week, the idea of which is to make the sourcing, manufacture, and sales of clothes more ethical and transparent. In other words better for the employees and this planet, so all of us. This kind of stuff is desperately needed so of course we joined this revolution.
During this campaign week, we publish a seven-article series that introduces our partners and their fantastic gang that makes your clothes and accessories. In this third part, you will meet Zhenpu from Xiamen, China.
Zhenpu makes e.g. your Särmä outdoor clothes
Chinese production has a very bad rep and often for a reason. However, you can also find responsible companies there if you select your partners carefully and stay away from the cheap sweatshops.
Zhenpu is a Xiamen-based textile company that was founded in 2005. They also make some of the stuff in Yu Du, which is a small town of 150,000 inhabitants, located c. 250 miles inland from Xiamen. About 80% of their stuff goes to Europe and the rest to the USA and Canada.
Zhenpu makes our Särmä Assault Packs, Large Assault Packs, and Särmä outdoor clothing. The production of our gear has been divided among three factories.
The company’s products are in the more expensive price category because the cost structure – in plain English, the salary level of their employees – makes it impossible to produce cheap crap. The employees are experienced professionals, and child labor is not used. Our strike team has carried out an extensive recon mission there. You can read more about it in this article.
Wang-Yan has worked at Zhenpu for 5 years.
Li-Xing has worked at Zhenpu for 8 years.
Zhang-Hua has worked at Zhenpu for 6 years.
Särmä Assault Pack
25.99 - 32.99 USD
Good and affordable urban rucksack of our own design - partially, at least. Just enough different compartments, compact dimensions but expands to about 20 litres (even more with extra pouches). If you have a lot of stuff that has to be accessed all the time, this is the thing for you.
Särmä Windproof Smock
Our take on the classic British Windproof Smock with improvements and civilian-friendly colours. If you're tired of sweating in 'tex clothing but want some protection from showers, you'd do well to give this a try.
Särmä Windproof Parka
Finally a Windproof Parka for women! To fully appreciate this you should know what a Windproof Smock is, but in a nutshell it's a really versatile, lightweight and comfortable outdoor jacket that breathes well and still protects you from the occasional rain shower: the jacket you first think about when planning on going outside.
Särmä Windproof Cargo Pants
45.99 - 55.99 USD
When you're done with regular cargo pants in the colder months, try these Särmä Windproof Cargo Pants and keep going. Windproof cargo pants are quite simply something that had to be done for colder climates.
Särmä Large Assault Pack
29.99 - 36.99 USD
Tired of stuffing big stuff in a small bag? Here's a pack for daily use with a bit more capacity than normal backpacks.
Särmä Outdoor Trousers
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Särmä Outdoor jacket
The Särmä Outdoor Jacket is made for use in somewhat rougher climates and terrain, but is comfortable and subdued enough for casual street use. For sunny hikes on easy trails consider something else, as this is made from a strong canvas to take a beating without a flinch.
Särmä Windproof Anorak
Do you prefer an anorak? Are you interested in windproof garments? Särmä Windproof Anorak heartily responds to these demands! Fit for all kinds of activities. We went through all the details of this anorak with a very fine comb. The end product is something to be proud of.
Särmä Windproof Fishtail Parka
There are many Fishtail Parkas but this one is ours. Standing on the shoulders of the US M51 Parka, we developed our own version. It's a highly requested model so it had to be done.