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Our Global Supply Partners
If you know BlackMilk, you’ll know we love things that are cool. And clothes made in sweatshops? Definitely 1000% not cool.
For the past decade, we’ve been providing an ethical alternative, and we’re always looking for ways to create the best quality gear for you. Part of this process is deciding what can be made here at BMHQ, and when we need to team up with global partners to bring our crazy designs to life (and make sure they’re actually wearable for you).
How do we screen Global Supply Partners?
No matter where items are being made, it’s a non-negotiable for us that everything is manufactured ethically. So how do we keep this in check? There are a few steps we’ve taken to stay across our supply chain.
Supplier Code of Conduct Agreement
We require all our suppliers to sign a Supplier Code of Conduct agreement. This outlines standards that must be met and helps to protect workers’ rights.
There are also a few certifications we look for in the partners we work with.
Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI)
Most of our partners are part of the BSCI program. This program sets some of the highest labour protection guidelines, helping protect workers’ rights through a number of audited criteria:
- The rights of freedom of association and collective bargaining
- No discrimination
- Decent working hours
- No child labour
- Fair remuneration
- No bonded labour
- Occupational health and safety
- Special protection for young workers
- Ethical business behaviour
- No precarious employment
- Protection for the environment
OEKO-Tex Standard 100
We know, it’s a mouthful, but what that means is, any chemical usage required in the production process is in full compliance with International Environment Protection.
A global membership organisation that helps companies keep on top of their ethical practices by making supply chain data more transparent.
Who are our partners?
Being a smaller business, publicly naming our partners could open the doors for our products to be imitated. Whilst they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and we are confident in our supplier’s commitment to ethical manufacturing, we need to protect our intellectual property. After all, this is what sets us apart, particularly from mass competitors.
So we can’t name our partners, but we will tell you as much as possible about them, so you can get to know where your clothes come from!
Our Active, Swim and Must Haves Partner
Like all of our global product, our active, swim and must-haves are designed right here at BMHQ by our talented Design team, so they have the same unique BlackMilk signature we're famous for. Our Product Development team develop all the patterns and specifications right here as well and work closely with our supply partner to make sure that the garments are produced to our BM specs resulting in consistent fit and quality.
When it comes to manufacturing, active and swim is a little trickier to produce than some of our usual garments, because it needs to be functional, breathable and suit its fit purpose. We work with a manufacturer in southwest China who specialises in this area. This partnership has allowed us to create garments using technology that has resulted in updated structure, features and benefits. We’ve also been able to get more creative with our designs and patterns, and yeah, that’s kind of important to us!
We also team up with this supplier to manufacture some of our must have leggings and tops, so we can get them to you at a great quality and an even better price.
Like all our suppliers, this global partner was handpicked by us not only for their expertise and quality, but also for their shared commitment to ethical manufacturing. Our active, swim and Must Haves partner participates in the BSCI. We have personally visited this factory and got to meet a few of the workers who make your clothes!
All workers in this factory are provided with:
- An employment contract
- Annual leave and sick leave
- A canteen and meals at work
- Capped overtime (factory staff can’t work more than one hour of overtime per day)
- Wages that are higher than the local area for manufacturing
Our Hosiery and Bodysuit Partner
Our Hosiery and Bodysuit Partner is located in Italy and specialises in warp-knitted seamless apparel using state-of-the-art knitting technology. They participate in Intertek Social Audits that review working conditions to ensure workers’ rights are protected and are OEKO-Tex Standard 100 certified.
Like all our other gear, hosiery and bodysuits are rigorously tested to ensure they measure up to our standards.
Our hosiery and bodysuit partner is OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified.
Our Woven Fashion Partner
We’ve recently ventured into producing some new styles for you, so we’ve partnered with a supplier who produces specialty woven fabrics. Like our other partners, this supplier has committed to our Code of Conduct. They also follow a policy in line with the BSCI guidelines.
Our Underwear Partner
We use a local agent to source our underwear, who are technical experts in underwear design and manufacturing, supplying underwear for not only Australian premium Department Stores, but also International premium Department Stores.
We have specifically chosen to work with them not only for their expertise and innovation, but also their shared commitment to sustainable and ethical manufacturing.
Leaders in underwear production, our supplier’s manufacturing uses specialty underwear machinery, precision laser-cut technology and high-elastane fabrics to create high-quality no-show underwear. Our underwear goes through a rigorous quality control process, just like the rest of our gear.
Our underwear partner is located in China and is a member of the BSCI.
Our Sleepwear Partner
After being designed right here at BMHQ, our Product Development team create all the patterns and specifications for our sleepwear, working closely with our supply partner to ensure that the garments are produced to our BM specs. This helps us achieve a consistent fit and quality across all your clothes.
Our sleepwear partner, located in Northern China, has been producing sleepwear for over 15 years. They make quality sleepwear for some of the world’s leading retailers including high end speciality Australian and international retailers - and us!
No one wants scratchy sleepwear (this isn’t the stuff your grandma used to make you wear as a kid). We only use high-quality, soft, breathable Cotton Elastane and Viscose fabrics in our sleep garments, so it’s comfy like a room full of marshmallows, and totally bed-time-friendly.
But wait! Our sleepwear wouldn’t be complete without our unique prints. It takes specialised digital printers to get our BM designs onto your PJs. These are very different to the types of printers we use here at BMHQ to sublimate (print) onto our synthetic fabrics that most of our outerwear is made from. Our sleepwear partner is kind of famous for their digital printing machinery, which is one of the best quality fabric printers available on Earth (we’re not sure what they have on other planets). This ensures our sleepwear prints are vibrant and high quality, just like the usual printed pieces you know and love.
All our products, wherever they are manufactured, must meet our high quality standards, with each sleepwear garment put through rigorous quality testing before leaving our partner supplier. The garments also go through a second quality check when they arrive at BMHQ, like any other BM product.
Our sleepwear partner participates in the BSCI, is a Sedex Member and is OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified.
If you’ve made it this far in reading all about where we make your clothes then congrats - you must care about ethical manufacturing as much as we do :) Be sure to check out jL’s video and blog for some more info - and don’t forget - you can always come back to this page to get the latest up to date info on our manufacturing