and Printed Goods
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.
In the first quarter of 2022, we produced a unique collection of cosmetic bags for Vontobel Asset Management by upcycling their old advertisement materials. Advertisement materials are often printed on weather-proof materials, making them long-lasting while purposed to convey short-term messages. By upcycling and re-purposing, the materials make beautiful and one-of-a-kind corporate presents.
MLD Illustration is a Switzerland based fashion and illustration studio that wants to share the wonders of this world. With subtility and aesthetics, they design prints that are inspired by nature and scientific topics. The beautiful garments were produced in our sewing atelier and carry the story of respect, community, sustainability, transparency and positive social impact.
Photo: Marie Le Dantec
HEAR WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY
“I had an excellent experience with Social Fabric, who produced my first collection of long-sleeve illustrated blouses. Ruth and Fatima took time to guide me through the prototype development and the production steps so the final product fitted what I had in mind. The whole team always welcomed me warmly and I could easily discuss my project with them. I am very happy to have a product that not only is nicely crafted but also has a positive impact.”
Marie Le Dantec
“Social Fabric helped me to assess what would be the best project for the material we wanted to recycle and made the whole process really easy for us. Having pencil cases upcycled from our own old plastic banner flags, it provided us with give-aways for our clients with a story. Another advantage was to display our commitment to sustainability.”
Vontobel Asset Management AG
Upcycled Corporate Gifts
Turn your used advertisement materials into upcycled corporate gifts with positive social impact and share the spirit of sustainaibility.
New advertisement materials are printed out every day as offers expire and details change. This, however, does not have to mean that the materials need to go to waste after serving their initial purpose. We are here to help you bring the materials back into circulation by creating beautiful and one-of-a-kind corporate gifts out of them.
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.
We care about our environment and our planet’s future. All our products are made transparently and sustainably. When sourcing materials, we choose the options with the highest quality and smallest ecological footprint – produced in ethical working conditions. Additionally, we use upcycling to reduce textile waste and to promote circular economy.
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 atelier is located in Zürich Binz, at Eichstrasse 29 on the 3rd floor.