Design long-lasting products
Esprit strives to ensure that our garments are of the highest quality so that they are durable and can remain wearable in proper conditions a long time.
We have started to train our designers on circular fashion and working on a process to ensure that all our garments are well-constructed, produced with durable materials and where possible creating garments that are timeless or flexible in how they can be worn and adapted.
We are working to control and improve quality along the entire product development process:
The creative process begins with ideas on a mood board. This is informed by trend research, forecasts and color schemes. This planning all comes together to create the baseline for a new collection.
Our designers make crucial decisions on materials, selecting high quality, more sustainable options with the aim of creating long lasting products both in terms of strength and integrity of construction, and enduring, timeless designs.
The goal is that each designed item shall have an own unique and intrinsic value so that our customers will care for and enjoy every piece for a long time.
Our technicians support our suppliers to translate the Designer’s idea into a ready product and to assure the right cut and fit. In our sampling room, we can create proto samples in one day. our product teams can then examine and adjust the cut and fit of each garment and share a proto sample with our suppliers as a tangible example that illustrates both the design idea and the quality expectations.
Our suppliers then develop a fit approval sample which demonstrates the finalized elements of cut, fit, workmanship, possible accessories and wash outcomes of the style.
Selecting the right fabrics and trims is very important when it comes to influencing durability, and ultimately extending the lifespan of a product. To ensure that all products meet our material quality requirements, we carefully assess and test pre-production lines before production starts. This serves to identify and to reduce any potential material quality risks of the fabrics and to improve overall quality of the production. During the risk assessment, the products are also evaluated with regard to the chemicals used.
Exemplary illustration of risk assessment
Assessments are based on internationally recognized norms and our own quality standards for properties such as resistance to pilling, color fastness, shrinkage and appearance after household laundering. We encourage our suppliers to establish their own in-house quality control systems by sharing best-practices, a supplier inhouse testing guideline and supporting implementation on-site.
Quality always – a key concept in our product development. With this in mind, Esprit conducts a multi-step quality assessment to assure the construction and workmanship of our garments.
With this workmanship assessment, our Quality Assurance team determines whether patterns, seams and structures chosen at the product development stage are adequate for the different fittings and garment types. We conduct technical workmanship audits to strengthen our suppliers’ capacity in workmanship and garment construction. We have also developed workmanship guidelines for our suppliers to understand how our garments must be constructed, and we have created guidelines for how to measure them.
The quality assessment is done at the same time as our risk assessment- right before bulk production. During production we continue to monitor the workmanship of our products. We include workmanship quality and visual quality on-site during in-line and final inspections to ensure compliance with our requirements in the final product.