As I worked for many years in the fashion industry (in different countries) I often heard the criticisms from clients about garments made in China. As I understood the negative impact of the fashion industry on Asian countries, I challenged myself to produce everything using local resources. Furthermore, I personally like to know who makes my garments. Agatinia® entirely manufactures within the European Union—from thread to end product.
I started the brand wanting to support Europe, and more importantly—Poland. I work with local manufacturers to make the materials. Not far from Warsaw, the products are hand sewn by local women; from the cutting, sewing, ironing, tagging/labeling and packing into envelopes.
The robes are made entirely in Poland. The hangtag label, the care label, the material, the product assembly, including the packaging—all done locally. Just the thread, from the best thread manufacturer in Europe, is from Germany. The intimates’ material is made in Italy.
The end goal of OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified fabric is to ensure that the fabric poses no risk to human health and have a skin-friendly pH level to ensure against skin irritation.
OEKO-TEX Standard 100 fabric certification means that our fabrics have been tested for over 300 chemicals in accordance with legal regulations (such as banned azo dyes, formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol, pesticides, cadmium and nickel) and US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) requirements regarding lead and harmful chemicals. It’s a higher standard that is better for skin, better for the environment, and better for our peace of mind.
Agatinia® products fully comply with the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certification. To learn more, see our STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® page.
Viscose is a bio-based textile. It’s a semi-synthetic fiber made with wood cellulose. It starts natural and must be treated extensively with chemicals to become a fiber. First, the cellulose is treated with sodium hydroxide and carbon disulfide, then the solution is spun into fibers and yarns that are used to produce the soft, smooth fabric that drapes well. Cellulose pulp comes from sustainably-managed plantations of fast-growing Eucalyptus and acacia trees. Viscose is a sustainable alternative to cotton. Since it has a silky look and cotton feel, it’s a cheaper and more durable alternative to silk. Viscose is biodegradable, breathable, comfortable and absorbent.
Tencel is a light and versatile cellulose fiber produced by dissolving wood pulp. It’s 50% more absorbent than cotton. Tencel’s wicking and antibacterial properties make it ideal for activewear. Production requires less energy and water than cotton. The wood pulp is sourced from sustainably managed eucalyptus plantations. Most importantly tencel is biodegradable. Though it requires petrochemicals in the production process, they are applied in a closed-loop system—the same solvent is recycled time and time again minimizing harmful waste.
Our manufacturers use an environmentally friendly Reactive Dye. It’s great for natural fabrics such as cotton, viscose, wool, and polyamide.