Transparency in the production is of high importance for DANG STHLM, thus why every stage of the manufacturing and creative process has personally been sourced, inspected or created by its founders Julia Dang and Micky Ho. By choosing to work with smaller or private owned factories, we could ensure a good work climate and ethics in production.
OUR FACTORY: BINH DUONG
A factory we are working with, situated in Binh Duong just an hour away from Ho Chi Minh City, is owned by Minh Duc Nguyen, a 22 year old design student with dreams of being a haute couture fashion designer. His family built a workshop next to their house, that he later turned in to a small factory. He has 3 seamstresses working for him, that are also able to sew clothes in the comfort of their homes. Such a small factory can only produce a reasonable amount of clothing and since DANG STHLM values quality, sustainability and ethical production - slow fashion is the perfect way to express it.
Each piece of our clothing is sourced sustainably. The first collection is entirely made from deadstock materials, therefore each piece is limited in quantity since we produce until the roll of fabric we've sourced is out.
So what is deadstock? The same way thrifting is a sustainable way of shopping to minimize waste as an end consumeer, sourcing deadstock is like thrifting for the fashion industry. Deadstock fabric is waste or leftover fabrics from suppliers or factories that no longer have use for them. Usually these rolls are thrown in landfills and some brands even burn their leftover fabric. Since Vietnam is a huge exporter of fabrics, it also means there's a vast amount of deadstock fabrics there. After a lot of research we found a few fabric markets in Ho Chi Minh City specializing in purely deadstock. For future collections DANG STHLM will also look in to other alternatives of sustainable fabrics such as tencel, econyl and organic cotton.