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Hi there, we are starting out as a sustainable New Zealand swimwear label. We are currently prototyping our products, we’re working with a swimwear manufacturer in Bali for this process. This question relates to manufacturing in New Zealand. Ideally we would love to be able to manufacture in New Zealand once we go into production, however, from what we have heard so far New Zealand doesn’t have the right machinery needed for swimwear / stretchwear anymore as most large companies e.g lingerie companies e.g. BONDS (that can also cater for underwire etc.) have moved their manufacturing overseas. I am wondering if someone might be able to give me a nudge in the right direction as I am still keen to get our swimwear made in New Zealand. However, would like to work with the right manufacturer who has experience in either the swimwear or lingerie field. Let me know if you know more than I do! Many many thanks, Lisa P.s. would love to know if there are any good associations to link up with as well, who are open to work with designers who are new to the industry. 

Question submitted 24/07/20 @ 08:40am
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  • Morning …
    I am not sure what capability we have in the swimwear space in NZ,
    but it would be easy enough to find out.
    We stil produce elastic in NZ so worth calling Habipax,Trent, to talk to them about the manufacturing base
    that exists, we also have a few fabric wholesales left they would be worth talking to, as they will have
    industry contacts, Frost Textiles, Brendon and Wall Fabrics, Richard .
    Stirling cutters in Papakura, Ian would be worth a call, as he does a large amount of Industry cutting
    so more about doing the leg work through a few phone calls to see who and what is still operating in NZ

    Morning …
    I am not sure what capability we have in the swimwear space in NZ,
    but it would be easy enough to find out.
    We stil produce elastic in NZ so worth calling Habipax,Trent, to talk to them about the manufacturing base
    that exists, we also have a few fabric wholesales left they would be worth talking to, as they will have
    industry contacts, Frost Textiles, Brendon and Wall Fabrics, Richard .
    Stirling cutters in Papakura, Ian would be worth a call, as he does a large amount of Industry cutting
    so more about doing the leg work through a few phone calls to see who and what is still operating in NZ

    Hi, I can put you in touch with Sue Dunmore, MD of Rose and Thorne and previously GM – Design at Bendon. Bendon off-shored 20 years ago and R&T is off shore too but Sue would be happy to discuss. E-mail me at dcamppal@gmail.com
    Cheers
    Damian

    Hi there – I’m from Rose & Thorne, and yes indeed happy to talk.
    We have looked for NZ manufacturing options for lingerie, but there’s literally nothing suitable (that we’ve been able to find). The advice we’ve had from old industry hands is that it would require a massive investment in imported equipment, and serious upskilling of the workforce, to re-establish bra manufacturing at a reasonable scale (and then highly unlikely to meet our requirement for affordability). But if your swimwear is at a premium price point, you may find someone to make it for you here.
    There is a company called Emkay Girl Ltd, in Levin, that was reported as having a team of machinists here making their bras, which they sold in specialist lingerie stores. They don’t appear to be currently active – but the company is still live so could be worth seeking them out to see if you could collaborate with them.
    You’re welcome to contact me on debra@roseandthorne.com – we are definitely not a competitor, as swimwear is NOT on our roadmap, and very happy to talk.

    Many thanks for your insight Annah, Damian and Debra. It’s greatly appreciated. @Debra, I will email as I am interested in joining any groups or associations that I can get involved with in this field.

    Lisa

    Hi Lisa – one of our experts had a suggestion – they looked in NZ for options, could not find any, https://www.clothingmanufacturersasia.com/how-it-works/

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