We don’t choose our suppliers just because of the products they are able to make, but we are also interested in their story. We visit our suppliers on a regular basis to experience what our factories are really like and we would love to give you a look “behind the scenes” and meet our makers.
A loving family business
Recently, we visited the Lu family from Jiangsu, one of our suppliers. It's family business where the owners fully participate in the day to day work. The owners' parents are always around, growing roses in and around the factory site to brighten the place up. They also love to cook, so they'll provide everyone in the factory with fresh and healthy food every day. Everything is home grown, of course, and they even have a pond where they breed their own fish. We couldn't think of a better place to produce our beanies than this little self-sufficient farm!
The Sun Family
The beauty of giving
We love the hartwarming story of the Sun family, another supplier of ours. They are located in one of the coldest areas of Northeast China, which happens to be also one of the poorest. That's why the Sun family decided to do something good for their community. Every Chinese New Year, they'll make warm winter accessories from stock materials and donate these to orphan children to help them through the winter. To put some extra smiles on their faces, the Sun family makes sure to always add some candy with their products. We are honoured and proud to be able to contribute to their inspiring projects.
Jimmy & Sonya
Handmade jewellery
We met Jimmy and his wife Sonya years ago on the beach of Seminyak, Bali. Both were selling their goods on the beach. Sonya her handmade jewellery and Jimmy his Henna tattoos. During our talks we discussed how great it would be if they created items for BARTS. That was the start of our collaboration. Jimmy and Sonya are the parents of two boys, 19 and 17 years old, and they live in the area of Canggu. To Balinese people, family is always number one, so they are extremely happy, that because of our collaboration, they can now pay for their boys schooling. We will continue to travel back to the island where Jimmy and Sonya make their amazing bracelets and necklaces and we can't wait to be greeted by their smiles.