SANTO TIRSO RESIDENCY: FABRICS 4 FASHION / CALVATEX
Located in Monte do Calvelo Lustosa Fabrics 4 Fashion offers the world’s largest textile library. A specialist supplier for both fashion designers and the couture market, the company works in harmony with their Calvatex venture which means they are able to construct garments on request whilst also assisting customers with fabric samples. Whilst the fabric isn’t woven on the premises they source the designs internationally and the selection was quite overwhelming! On the topic of sustainability, Fabrics 4 Fashion focuses on their manufacturing process and teaches each employee the complete cycle and offers training and progression, whilst also ensuring each individual is fairly treated. We discussed how it’s not only in the use of recycled or innovative fabrics that a company can be sustainable, but instead how they look after their workforce - social sustainability. It was also explained to us that there is a divide in both gender and age from those wanting to learn sewing and manufacturing skills - a topic that was brought up a few times during my time in Santo Tirso - which of course has an effect on the future of established companies. A combination of machinery and hand placement is used for the cutting of the fabric.