Currently, we are producing our items in China, benefiting from their beautiful craftsmanship, technical expertise, and large textile industries. While we understand certain stigmas around production in China, we want to be clear about our choices of factories, and why.
Not all factories in China are the same. Some below American or European standards, and others are extremely well maintained and managed, boasting some of the highest craftsmanship in the world. The truth is, there are good and bad factories all over the world, even in downtown Los Angeles where we are based. What matters most to us is the quality, not the location. At Darling, we’ve always placed a high value on people-first, so are committed to only working with high-quality factories that are monitored and inspected at a minimum yearly and sometimes multiple times a year. It’s important to note that all of our factories are monitored by third party audits.
We have a certain code of ethics that we align with, therefore, these third-party audits ensure that everyone who makes our clothing has proper working conditions, reasonable working hours, hygiene, and safety. All of our factories have a zero-tolerance policy regarding any child labor, forced or clandestine labor. We know all these elements are important to you as customers, and it’s important to us as well.
As Darling continues to grow, we will be continuously evaluating our production practices, locations and processes to maintain high integrity in all we create.