Hailing from the Nile Delta, Egypt, we only use the strongest, longest and silkiest authentic Egyptian Giza cotton to create our knitwear collection. Working directly with 545 small family-run farms in the region, we bypass the use of traditional middlemen to ensure best business practices and guaranteed pricing (which for those who like numbers, equated to 35% above market pay last season). We work hand-in-hand with the farmers to understand their changing needs, providing them with subsidies like fertilizer and agricultural consultants, and their biggest request: accessible, quality education for their children. So, from funds raised from the sales of every order to date, we’ve built two schools in the Nile Delta farming communities, with another three underway for 2019.
It all starts in the Nile Delta, Egypt—a region whose nutrient-rich soil, sunny skies, and consistent high humidity create the perfect environment forgrowth, or what Egyptians call “white gold”. From the delta, the raw cotton is cleaned, carded, coiled and spun into in Borg el Arab, knitted into sheets of in Alexandria, into beautiful colours in Ismalia, and into the garment you’re seeing now back in Alexandria.
A husband and wife owned and operated business whose name translates to “hope,” our cut-and-sew facility for our knit program believes in fair and equal opportunity for all—their average employee retention rate of 11 years proving that commitment. ISO 9001 certified, the facility goes above and beyond for their employees, providing complementary services like transportation and counselling.
A family business established over a century ago in Egypt, the facility specializes in the pretreatment, dyeing, printing and finishing of both woven and knitted fabrics. It is actively engaged in social initiatives and proactively contributes to the welfare of its workers and Egyptians in general, including providing hands-on training, employment opportunities, and scholarships to students upon graduation. The facility is ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certified for its occupational health and safety and environmental initiatives, and all dyes used are OEKO-TEX® non-toxic certified. The facility also houses the largest biological wastewater processing/treatment plant in the Egyptian textile industry, which is able to handle the cleansing and purifying of almost 6,000 cubic meters daily.
A family-run facility in Alexandria, Egypt, the knitting process is completed by machine. Using a circular knitting technique, different thicknesses of yarns are stitched together into a tubular fabric, creating a variety of textures, weights, and styles of fabric, including flat jerseys, ribs, terrycloths, and piqués.
From the farms, our raw cotton is taken in large bails to Alexandria to be cleaned, carded—a process of sorting and lining up fibres—and coiled into thick ropes, which are then stretched and spun into finer and finer strands that result in our yarns. The state of the art facility, founded in 2006, is ISO 9001 and Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) certified, and offers employee benefits, bonuses, complimentary transportation, and daily team meals.