What is a shirt, on our product

Stainless shirts are made of pure cotton.*
The cotton is grown, cared of and harvested.
The cotton is ginned, combed and spun to threads.
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 of 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.
The shirt is then trimmed, controlled, ironed, packed, exported, shipped, and imported.
All that only for a shirt.

Who is Stainless and Why?

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 patterns
Learn to digitize patterns
Understand the Far Trade system
Accomplish a Fair Trade certification for Stainless
Find business partners that are willing to supply small quantities
Establish a business relation with partners in India
Export and import
Build a web shop

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!
And with the help of a lot of friends. Without Adam, Diana, Maarten and Ehud 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 prices 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 GMO’s
Support of organic farming

Who guarantees?
Fair Trade Germany and the Fair trade label Organization (FLO)
Fair 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!