All about Petite Studio's factory. Everyone knows that our design team is based in NYC, but there are some very important members of the Petite Studio team that are located in China, in a town that's near and dear to our hears. This blog is all about our factory. To learn more about our sustainability in fashion efforts, see our Slow Fashion page. To shop our new collections, see our New Arrivals page.
Our exclusive factory is located in our founder Jenny Wang Howell's hometown of Jiangshan, China. Employees are local from Jiangshan and go home to their families every day. Most have been working at the factory for more than 10 years and value the long-term career stability. Adding to the connection is that the factory is owned by Jenny's family friend for decades, so for us, it really is a family affair.
Because we have our exclusive factory, we have a higher ability to dictate terms, set standards and control the quality from start to finish for each and every piece than most indie brands would. It takes around 20 hours on average to produce a single Petite Studio garment. Unlike fast fashion, where an assembly line of dozens of workers work on a single garment, fewer people are touching each piece, which leads to a higher attention to detail.
Rather than sourcing factories far and wide all over the world, we have chosen to invest in this community and its people, ensuring that their well-being is never below our standards. Employees at our factory are provided with benefits that include health insurance, vacation time, 40-hour work weeks, hour-long lunch breaks, and a mandatory 30-minute midday nap (yes, really!).
To see behind the scenes of our Factory, see the images below.