The T-Shirt Mill

NGS MALHAS

Barcelos - BRAGA
Employees: 25
Established: 1999
Capacity: 15 Ton/month

Located in Barcelos, right in the epicenter of Textile leaders, Nuno's Factory is a stone’s throw away from where we make the softest Jersey money can buy. We know Portugal is known for having the best jersey suppliers in the World but we've decided to work with this family-owned facility because of their focus in: top-notch yarns from committed suppliers; high-tech machinery for circular knitting; exquisite dyeings and high-end finishings; extraordinary craftsmanship. We feel at home there. And that, money can't buy. NGS produces all our Jersey for T-Shirts and Sweatshirts. Certifications include GOTS, GRS. OEKO-TEX, SUPIMA, GOTEX, BCI

The Work Jacket Factory

LAMOSA
JEANS

Guimarães - BRAGA
Employees: 35
Established: 1992
Capacity: 1.000 units/week

When we first spoke with João Lamosa, we got fascinated by his sensitivity and knowledge to understand what ISTO. is doing. It made even more sense when we saw their current clients' list and our first samples. João is a little bit of many things that are great about our suppliers: a combination of mentors, friends, and partners. We could explain further, but it's better if we let the pictures speak for themselves. Currently, we produce at Lamosa our unisex Work Jackets.

The Shirting Mill

SOMELOS
TECIDOS

Guimarães - BRAGA
Employees: 340
Established: 1958
Capacity: 5 Million meters/year

ISTO. was born with a clear purpose. We want to create the best menswear essentials and make them available at the best possible price to as many people as possible with full transparency. This means we have to work with the best suppliers in Portugal - and in the World. Ok… we could tell you a bunch of things but enough talking: the truth is SOMELOS Fabrics are the best in the World and we aim for nothing but the best. SOMELOS produces all our Shirting fabrics, from Linen to Oxford and Flannels. All GOTS and GRS Certified, of course.

The Label Factory

ETILABEL

Guimarães - BRAGA
Employees: 180
Established: 1996

Located in Guimarães and part of the Unilabel Group, Etilabel is highly specialized in all kinds of labels. Woven, printed, digital, rubber, off-set, you name it. We specifically work with them since they've helped us since our inception - and they have what we require: OEKO-TEX Standard 100 Certification.

The Shirting Factory

DOCAS
CONFECÇÕES

Vizela - BRAGA
Employees: 40
Established: 1981
Capacity: 10.000 units/month

If our memory does not fail, Sr. Domingos Castro was the fifth sewing factory we've visited in 2 months while looking for partners to cut and sew our Shirts. It was we-want-to-work-with-you-at-first-sight and, after almost three years in the making, we couldn't be more proud. His ability to help, experience, and know-how in all kinds of Shirts, make him the perfect partner to look into every detail. Besides that, DOCAS (DOmingos CAStro Confecções) has something crucial for brands like ISTO.; it is 100% focused on Shirts, sparing no time on any other item. Focus and luxury quality are key. We cut and sew all our Shirts (Women, Men, Oxfords, Linen, Flannels, you name it).

The Corduroy Shorts Factory

MODCOM

Póvoa de Varzim - PORTO
Employees: 20
Established: 1996
Capacity: 8.000 units/month

We first visited MODCOM in April 2019 back at their old facilities. We count ourselves lucky to have found Mr. Tino and a family-owned factory that understands quality and fair working conditions. Setting up the example, in 2020 they’ve changed and improved their facilities, moving to a brand new factory in Póvoa de Varzim. While looking for the perfect Chinos, Mr. Tino, who produces for a small list of brands rather than having a high-scale modus operandi, helped us find the right fabric, the right weight, and the right fit. As we’re writing this, around 500 Linen Jackets are being cut, sewed, and packed in order to arrive just in time for the Spring.

The Recycled T-Shirt Factory

TETRIBÉRICA

Trofa - PORTO
Employees: 54
Established: 1993
Capacity: 220.000 units/week

When we met Joaquim Moreira we knew exactly it was the place to be. Tetribérica has a strong involvement in sustainability. It is deeply rooted in their existence. Their long-term strategy includes a “circular economy” approach in order to create a truly sustainable fashion industry that is good for people and the planet. Their vision is therefore to use their capacity to lead the change towards circular and renewable fashion while being a fair and “green” group. This vision applies to all Tetribérica companies, all of which share the same passion to serve their customers in a sustainable way. Currently, Tetribérica produces our Classic & Heavyweight Sweatshirts and Recycled Cotton T-Shirts.

The T-Shirt Factory

JUNIUS
TÊXTEIS

Barcelos - BRAGA
Employees: 108
Established: 2014
Capacity: 600.000 units/month

We went on a trip up North to visit 10 factories already expecting to find a world of adventures. We knew we wanted to start small with a first production batch of 600 Organic Cotton t-shirts, in 2 colors. Seemed easy, but out of those 10, 8 suppliers had no interest in us, saying they couldn't accommodate such a small production. We understood, they were focused on the big fish. Fortunately for us, JUNIUS, part of VELERIUS Group, told us: "we never say no to Clients". And here we are, with great effort from every stakeholder, producing around 13.000 T-Shirts per year, and with the ambition to sustainably grow together. JUNIUS cuts and sews all our Classic T-Shirts for Men, all Women's T-Shirts, and the Breton.

The Cotton Sweater Factory

A. FERREIRA
& FILHOS

Vizela - BRAGA
Employees: 80
Established: 1958
Capacity: 150.000 units/year

Located in Vizela, two minutes away from our Shirting Factory DOCAS, Noel Ferreira’s factory is an international knitwear house. With all processes from finished yarn to final product in-house (all yarns sourced outside), every detail is taken into account. Luxury, high-quality, tiny details, attention, are all words you can hear within its walls. Currently produces our Women’s and Men’s Knit Cotton Sweater (to be launched in March 2021). Certifications include GOTS, OEKO-TEX, GRS.

The Socks Expert

FIORIMA

Braga - BRAGA
Employees: 95
Established: 1985
Capacity: 3.5 Million Socks/year

We started working with Fiorima in late 2020 when we finally decided to introduce Socks to our collection. Before then, it had been on our wishlist for a long time. Fiorima is well known in the industry for its luxury quality (ask around the big players and they will tell you), ethical practices, and exquisite finishings. We got impressed by their organized processes (here, robotic processes started years ago) and immediately knew they were the ones. Currently producing our first batch of 1.5000 pairs of organic cotton socks (to be launched April 2021).

The World's Largest Buttons Factory

LOUROPEL

Vila Nova de Famalicão - BRAGA
Employees: 250
Established: 1966
Capacity: 10 Million Buttons/day

Knowing that Louropel is the largest - and best - buttons supplier in the World is something that should make every Portuguese proud. We have to admit that we're a bit more than that since we manage to produce all our buttons with them. Reliable, ecological, and top-notch quality. This is Louropel. They have integrated its know-how and infrastructures to develop a unique and patented production cycle of an eco-friendly product called "Ecological Biodegradable Buttons" made from all-natural components (corozo, cotton, recycled paper, semolina flour, vegetables, fruit, wood, etc.).

Circular Wool Production with +100 Years of Heritage

BUREL

Manteigas - SERRA DA ESTRELA
Established: 1947

1947, in the year that saw the birth of Lanifício Império, the most important wool factory in the region of Serra da Estrela.
In 2010 the factory was discovered by two mountain explorers, João Tomás and Isabel Costa, who, after realizing the heritage and the cultural value of the space, decided not to let Burel die proceed with the recovery of the factory's activity - calling it Burel Factory.
Today it continues to produce using the same machines and trditional equipment, from the time the industry was still made by hand, thus ensuring the production of unique, different and high quality fabrics. Preserving the past, reinterpreting it and making it into a story of the future.
A space for design and production of bure, the most traditional wool fabric in the local industry, now used in a very innovative way.

The Luxury Knitwear Specialist

ORFAMA

Braga - BRAGA
Established: 1969
Capacity: 300.000 units/year

One thing is true, undeniable, and certain in life: ORFAMA, our Knitwear supplier, is highly specialized in fully-fashioned pieces. Either by using its rare Bentley Cotton Machine (only two in Portugal, we have been told) for extra-fine gauge - 21GG, 24GG, 27GG & 30GG - or by testing Japanese heritage when using SHIMA SEIKI machines for other gauges between 5GG and 18GG.
When we first met António Cunha in 2019, his professionalism and "let's-get-things-done-attitude" were absolutely mind-blowing. We started producing our first sample minutes after we left his office for the first time. Quite uncommon these days.

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