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 like to know who makes my garments. Agatinia® entirely manufactures in the European Union—from thread to product.
I started the brand wanting to support Europe, and more importantly—Poland. I work with local manufacturers to make the materials. Then, in a city about an hour and a half away, the products are hand sewn by local women. Every detail is hand done. From the cutting, sewing, ironing and packing into the 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 tanks and underwear material is made in Italy.
The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products at all processing levels, as well as accessory materials used.
The OEKO-TEX® tests for harmful substances are fundamentally based on the respective purpose of the textiles and materials. The more intensive the skin contact of a product and the more sensitive the skin, the stricter the human-ecological requirements that need to be complied with.
The precondition for the certification of products in accordance with STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is that all parts of an article meet the required criteria – in addition to the outer fabric, for example, also the sewing threads, inserts, prints etc., as well as non-textile accessories, such as buttons, zip fasteners, rivets etc.
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.