But what story is behind your garment?
Let's take a look!
These are the 7 steps to finish a garment:
step 1: Pick
Step 5: CUT
step 2: DESIGN
Step 6: SEW
step 3: WARP
Step 7: PACK
step 4: DYE
the good stuff only: 100% Organic cotton
From the beginning, eleven years ago, it was already clear to us to work exclusively with organic cotton.
Did you know that compared to conventional cotton, it can be grown using 91% less water? Impressive, right?
As organic cotton is grown without pesticides, it is healthier for you as a wearer, has less impact on the environment, and improves workers' health.
Therefore, using organic cotton only meets our core values of taking good care of the environment and the people who help us create our unique garments.
At Merz b. Schwanen we focus on using natural materials only. Many of our GOOD ORIGINALS pieces are 100% organic cotton, making a garment more easily recyclable.
This step often gets forgotten, but it is essential! Ultimately, the design makes you want to purchase one of our styles, right?
Gitta and Peter Plotnicki digitally design every piece from the beginning in their Berlin head office. The long-experienced couple loves to make their visions a tangible reality, and it brings them the most joy to see you style these good-quality pieces!
"To me, good textile design is all about considering what really makes you look and feel good - every day." - Gitta Plotnicki, Co-Founder and Creative Director
The Warping Process
The Dye Factory
The Pre-Cut: GOOD THINGS TAKE TIME
with seams on the sides
no seams on the sides
Hence, Pasquale needs to cut each piece individually by hand to ensure different cuts on the front and back side.
Most brands usually use machines for the pre-cut, where it takes only a minute for many pieces to be finished, whereas our long-time experienced cutter Pasquale needs about five minutes for one garment only.
A henley, for instance, takes extra time since he has to cut the button border (see video).
To summarize, this step takes a lot of effort and passion and is highly time-consuming.
However, we love to take this extra step for you to create these unique and traditional GOOD ORIGINAL pieces!
The Sewing ROOM
Now that you've seen the whole process in more detail, how about checking out the finished garments? Enjoy!