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.
PRINTED FAIR-TRADE MERCHANDISE
We collaborate with the Indian social enterprise Joyya for our GOTS-certified merchandise, including organic Tee's and printed bags.
Joyya empowers women and their families in Calcutta by training and employing them and bring joy into everyday life. They were rated A+ in The Ethical Fashion Report 2021 which is a project of Baptist World Aid Australia, in partnership with Tearfund New Zealand. Within 98 companies only 4 companies reached A+ in overall grade.
Our production team
Head of Production & Education
Ruth Knipping - Graduate Engineer Textile and Clothing Technology, Textile Printing - has 20 years of experience in the globally operating textile industry. In her past positions as material manager, Ruth placed a strong focus on the sustainable production and procurement of fabrics, always respecting aspects of team-oriented and socially inclusive standards. After being a longtime member of the Social Fabric’s board, Ruth took a more active role in August 2021 as a Head of Production & Education. Ruth appreciates Social Fabric as a place that promotes integration, respect, social justice and a sense of community.
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.
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.
Rabia was born in Afganistan but moved to Iran when she was four years old. She came to Switzerland in 2015 together with her husband and two daughters. Since August 2021, she is doing a Pre-Apprenticeship in our sewing atelier. Her interest in sewing has a broad base: most of her family members are tailors by profession, including her mother and her husband, but she also has a passion for fashion design. She hopes to open a small clothing shop with her husband after she is ready with her studies.
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.