in a sustainable and social way
CUSTOM PRODUCTS WITH POSITIVE SOCIAL IMPACT
At our well-equipped sewing atelier in Zürich Binz, we specialise in producing custom-made textile products for a variety of organisations, corporations, non-profits and small labels that care about the same issues we do. Whether you are looking for upcycled corporate gifts, merchandise for your conference or event, or simply seeking locally-based manufacturing support, we offer a range of ecologically and socially sustainable solutions to fit your needs.
Production at Social Fabric serves as a pillar in our role as a non-profit organisation and through this we are able to provide work integration and educational programs for tailors with refugee backgrounds. Together with our participants, we support a holistic approach to self-determined integration.
As a principle, we use and promote sustainable fabrics and upcycling technologies in an effort to keep our ecological impact to a minimum while also advocating for a circular economy.
By choosing Social Fabric to produce your textile products, your items will carry an uplifting story of respect, community, sustainability, transparency and positive social impact.
We offer a local, social, and sustainable solution for the production of custom textile products, with both prototyping and production carried out right here in Zürich, Switzerland.
Turn your used advertisement materials into upcycled corporate gifts with positive social impact.
Our production team
Head of Production & Education
Helka – MA, Dress Maker, Teacher, Vocational Trainer – has been part of Social Fabric since its very beginning and has helped form the project from the ground up. She is originally from Finland where she completed her Master of Arts at the University of Helsinki and became a textile handicraft and computer skills teacher. Furthermore, Helka studied dressmaking for two years. At Social Fabric, she manages the integration projects and is responsible for vocational training and the planning and coordination of the production.
AOZ GEP Participant
Kouassi came to Switzerland in 1997 from his home country of Togo. Since the end of 2018, Kouassi has been working as a tailor for Social Fabric as part of the AOZ’s GEP (Gemeinnützige Einsatzplätze) program. Kouassi brought a lot of experience in tailoring to Social Fabric. After he completed his studies in France, he completed a three-year apprenticeship in the textile trade in Togo, followed by a six-month internship under the guidance of a master tailor. He has worked as a freelance tailor for over eight years, and is hoping to return to Togo after working for Social Fabric to open his own studio.
AOZ GEP Participant
Fatima's family is originally from Afghanistan, but she was born in Iran and lived most of her life there. She started sewing at an early age, when she was only seven years old, and learned the basics on her own. Later, she worked for several sewing ateliers in Iran and Turkey. She came to Switzerland in 2016, and joined Social Fabric in February 2021 through AOZ’s GEP (Gemeinnützige Einsatzplätze) programme. She is keen on taking her sewing skills even further, and her goal is to make a career for herself as a fashion designer.
Our custom products are produced in our sewing atelier in Zürich Binz. Since opening our doors in 2016 we have grown organically into a unique hybrid space of production and community gatherings. Through this approach we have created a space for both social integration and inclusion, and we welcome anyone who wants to visit and be a part of our growing community.