Fashion from European hands

The company based in Lausanne, Switzerland Links Social Wear relies on quality made in Europe, natural fibers and close cooperation with craftsmen and factories in Switzerland and Europe for its clothing collection.

Since it was founded in 2021, the company of the two co-founders Gilles and Clément has been working with a production chain with several manufacturers from Switzerland, Italy and Portugal for its polo shirts. The polo shirts produced by Petratex near Porto in Portugal are GOTS-certified and are designed by Ly-Ling Vilaysane of the Aéthérée brand in St. Gallen, Switzerland. According to Links Social Wear, it also works with the Almighty Tree project, which plants trees in Switzerland.

Transparent and sustainable supply chain

The fabrics for the garments are knitted by Maglificio Maggia in Piedmont near Biella and, according to the company, are sourced from a partner factory. According to the manufacturer, this has GOTS, ZDHC and Bluesign certification and purifies the water for production using a resource-saving method (“internal water purifier facility”). The materials consist of both lyocell from Austria and wool from Bulgaria (48 percent each). In addition to the remaining elastane (four percent), the Swiss company uses cotton produced by Canclini in Lombardy for the collar band and Indian horn for the buttons, which are made in Portugal. The thread is made of polyester.

Only the labels with size information and washing instructions, which are also produced in Portugal, are made from recycled polyester or organic cotton from China. The so-called metal ball markers that are given away with the polo shirts are made of metal from France.

Links Social Wear also claims to achieve savings in packaging. Firstly, the items of clothing from Portugal are not sent individually in plastic film, but are grouped together in larger plastic bags. For shipping to the end customer, the Swiss company uses special grass paper for the packaging around the product. For two or more polo shirts, boxes made from grass paper and recycled paper are used; for packaging with just one polo shirt, the boxes are made from 62 percent recycled material.

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