“We have opportunities to bring about change”
When Marian started his company and factory in Saigon more than ten years ago, it was for him a matter of course that his employees would be paid fairly and he would seek to source and produce as sustainably as he could. Next to producing for other brands, he also launched his own brand, Dawn Denim. The journey hasn’t been easy, with engrained industry-practices and financial structures making business sometimes difficult and risky.
When the corona-virus struck in February 2020, and markets went into lockdown, Evolution Lab SGN , like many other factories around the world, was hit hard. Customers asked to cancel orders, renegotiate payment terms or even refused to pay for products already produced. Financially, the company took a big hit, and despite his loyal employees offering to take pay cuts, he was forced to lay off some.
In the past decades, it has become increasingly clear that fashion procurement-supply systems need to change. A crisis such as we have seen with the corona-pandemic, have shone extra light on the weaknesses of the system.
Rather than giving up on the industry, Marian is looking for ways to do things even better moving forward. During this candid interview, Marian will share his story, talk about the struggles and opportunities of building a business with a strong focus on employee happiness, and share his thoughts on how to build better, more sustainable, client-customer relationships.
The interview will be about 30 minutes followed by 15 minutes of Q&A.
Marian von Rappard; Owner Dawn Denim, Evolution Lab SGN, and Supervision
Marian launched his production company Evolution Lab SGN in Taiwan in 2009. It was a matter of course that the business would be built on foundations of fair practices for all those joining the team. Despite the difficulties in sustaining this structure while dealing with engrained practices and cost structures in the industry, he is producing for numerous brands around the world. In 2015, Marian launched his own brand, Dawn Denim, whereby fair practices stood even more at the forefront of how his business was run, without being inhibited by the traditional ways of the industry.
This interview is especially interesting for:
- Buyers, procurement/ sourcing managers
- Financial managers
- Production managers
- Brand owners
- CSR/ sustainability managers
- And any other fashion professional seeking to learn more about building fair, sustainable fashion/ textile supply chains