Kauno Baltija is a factory committed to social fairness, ethical manufacturing and luxury quality. We couldn't believe our luck when we first met the ladies from Kauno Baltija back in 2016. Kauno is a sustainable brand's dream factory come true. With over 75 years of experience working for luxury brands, and a long-standing history of putting employees first, we knew our designs would be in good hands.
Based in Kaunas, Lithuania, Kauno opened in 1940 - the same year their country was invaded by the Soviet Union. What launched as a small business in a restricted economic environment has since flourished into a booming, innovation-driven factory. In 1990, when Lithuania declared its independence from the USSR, Kauno Baltija became one of the first local companies to work with foreign businesses, leading the way for other garment manufacturers in the region to do the same.
Social fairness is at the heart of Kauno Baltija. Kaunas credits its company success to its employees and social values. One out of three employees have been with the company for over 20 years. Kauno believes that empowering employees is key to building this loyalty. They offer a New Employee Integration Program, and run a Motivation and Work Satisfaction training that encourages employees to learn new skills and apply for promotions within the company.
Kauno actively follows the Ethical Trading Initiative's ETI Base Code. Major requirements include freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining, safe and hygienic working conditions, and living wages. They also voluntary complete social audits through the Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit every 2 years. Respect!
We produce all of our organic cotton shirting with Kauno Baltija. As a highly-skilled factory with decades of experience working for luxury brands, Kauno offers the perfectionism and know-how we seek in a partner. They handle the entire manufacturing process from grading and cutting the fabric, to sewing the final product. When you wear a shirt made by Kauno Baltija, you can be sure that your piece was responsibly made in Lithuania.
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