What is a shirt, on our product

Stainless shirts are made of pure cotton.*

Cotton is grown, cared of and harvested.

Cotton is ginned, combed and spun to threads.

Fabric is weaved respectively knitted and dyed.

Then it is moved to the sewing manufacture.

*Only in the collar of the raglan shirts is some Elasthan. The pattern doesn‘t allow differently.

To cut the fabric it is put in many layers. That has to be done with great care, so the straight grain, sort of the direction of the fabric, stays straight. Otherwise the shirt becomes twisted after a few times washing.

Then the pattern is put on the fabric.

The cutting is done with electric knifes.

Four different sewing machines are needed to make one shirt. One to sew the different parts on each other, one for the hem, one for the collar, and one only to close the seam at the collar.

Because T-Shirt Jersey is elastic it is difficult to sew. You need special machines and craftsmanship.

Then it is trimmed, controlled, ironed, packed, exported, shipped, and imported.

All that only for a shirt.

Who is Stainless and Why?

How did it happen?

At the beginning there was the reluctance to buy any more apparel for which people got exploited.

And dissatisfaction with the Fair Trade offer.

„So I do it myself“ was the conclusion.

Only that was easier said then done.

But I knew what it should become: STAINLESS

Stainless is a game of words, meaning without stain and flawless at the same time.

Of course apparel can become dirty but I can do my best that it is produced as ethically and organic as possible.

For that you need quite something:

  • Learn how to sew
  • Learn how to make pattern
  • Learn how to digitise pattern
  • Understand the Fair Trade system
  • Accomplish a Fair Trade certification for Stainless
  • Find buisiness partners that are willing to supply small quantities
  • Establish a buisiness a buisiness relation with partners in India
  • Export and Importiert
  • Build a webshop

Now there is Stainless! After a 1000 Shirts sewn by myself, we have the first collection sewn in India.

Without investors and external finance.

Without agents or other multipliers, but with a direct business relation to India!

But with the help of a lot of friends. Without Adam, Diana and Maarten it would have been difficult.

And now: Buy a shirt, save the world!

Be Part of tomorrow

What is Fair Trade and Why?

Fair Trade means more than just paying living wages.

The most important rules:

  • Settled working conditions and a limit on overtime
  • Fixed working contracts
  • Nondiscrimination rule
  • Guarantee of hygiene
  • Right to and support of trade unions
  • System of minimum price and bonus

Next to the social, there are important economic and ecological rules:

  • Proof of goods and money flow
  • Transparent trade relations
  • Prohibition on dangerous pesticides
  • No GMOs
  • Support of organic farming

Who guarantees?

Fair Trade Germany and the Fair trade label Organisation (FLO)

FaiFair trade Germany holds the rights on the Fair Trade mark and controls its use.

The Fair trade Label Organization controls compliance with the rules on location. The FLO visits manufactures worldwide, checks the books, and interviews workers at home, where they can speak freely.

A lot of people work hard for their ideal!