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Meet The Makers

Our manufacturing partners are more than just factories to us - they’re our family. We’re responsible for their livelihoods, and their families and we’re proud that through their work at KIVARI we’re able to provide jobs for employees all around the world. We have an obligation to support our extended family, and ensure that we are practicing the best social and environmental practices throughout all of the tiers of our supply chain.

Some of the relationships with our suppliers are less than a few years old, but nevertheless we are committed to working with them to gain full transparency in all aspects of our operations. We are confident that by cultivating meaningful relationships with our factories, we can collaborate, learn and grow, to ensure only the most responsible business practices are used.


Maker #1

Location – Suzhou, China
Length of Partnership – 3 years
Employees – 36 in total: 72% Female, 28% Male
Last Audit - SGS November 5, 2019
Affiliations and Accreditations - Sedex , SGS, OEKO-TEX 100 certification
KIVARI Stories - Catalina, Nia and Flora

As KIVARI grew, and the demand for our designs increased, we needed to find a partner that could not only support this growth, but sustain it in a wholesome and ethical manner. With years of experience in prints, and access to Lenzing materials, we found the perfect partnership with this factory. They follow the ‘Base Code’ from the Ethical Trading Initiative, and have since implemented several environmental initiatives in the factory to improve energy efficiency. This includes installing LED lights, turning off equipment when not in use, and most importantly, recycling all production off cuts through government accredited contractors.

Meet Ms Meihongqin

What’s your role? I’m a sample maker.

What’s your favourite thing about your job? Working on products that are popular.

What’s your workplace look like? It’s sunny and full of light, cosy and busy. I love our sample room although sometimes it can get a bit messy with fabrics and papers.

Which KIVARI piece do you like best? The Paloma Maxi Dress, everyone loves it.

What do you like to do outside of work? Dancing and movies.

Who are some women you look up to? Ms. Soong Qingling, who was the First lady of the Republic of China in the 1920s. Also Ms Linhuiyin who was known as the first female architect in modern China.


Maker #2

Location – Jiangsu, China
Length of Partnership – January 2021
Employees – 55 in total: 90% women, 10% men
Last Audit – Global group April 2021
Affiliations and Accreditations – Sedex , OEKO-TEX 100
KIVARI Stories – Jasmin, and soon to come our first jersey story

Through our drive to uncover more sustainable solutions, we set out to find a manufacturer that was more than aligned with our vision, but was a pioneer for change. We wanted someone who would teach us how to do better, show us our options and guide us through our journey. It is with this collaboration, we’re now able to launch one ‘eco’ story every month, that will have a focus on using fabrics that have a more positive impact on the environment. One of KIVARI’s biggest goals is to move our fabrications into hemp and linen blends, and organic options as much as possible and with this collaboration, that vision is set to become a reality.

Meet Jessy Tao

What’s your role? Head of production, I handle orders and make production plans, monitor production process to make sure all orders meet as required with high quality and shipping on time.

What’s your favourite thing about your job? I love my job because I constantly learn new things, and I love the great relationship I have with my colleagues.

What’s your workplace look like? It's a studio with lots of beautiful clothing and green plants. I like the break area the most which is filled with natural light. It’s a place where we can relax watching the great views through our window, while having tea and snacks.

Which KIVARI piece do you like best? I love all the tie front mini dresses, especially the volume created by the ruffle hem.

What do you like to do outside of work? I like baking. I’m currently trying to make some cookies from an online tutorial.

Who is a woman you look up to? Audrey Hepburn, because she was always elegant and caring, devoted to charitable work - like helping children in undeveloped countries in Latin America and Africa. I wish I could be as elegant when I am older. I hope to stay curious and have the ability to help others.


Maker #3

Location – Jiangsu
Length of Partnership – 3 years
Employees – 40 in total - 80% Female, 20% Male
Last Audit – WRAP April 2020
Affiliations and Accreditations – WRAP, BSCI, OEKO-TEX 100 certification, Global Recycled Standard (GRS) 4.0, GOTS
KIVARI Stories
- Elodie, Jelena, Stevie

As our ranges developed, we wanted to diversify our print production, and introduce plain dyed items for customers that wanted more classic pieces for their wardrobe. We wanted to work with a supplier who has access to a wide selection of fabrications and that was why we chose the amazing team here, where our partnership has grown immensely over the years—just like the incredible fabric they produce, they are an integral part of our international family.

Meet Melody Long

What’s your role? Sales/Production Manager

What’s your favourite thing about your job? I enjoy seeing sketches and concepts turn into beautiful clothes. I also feel great satisfaction when production happens smoothly.

What’s your workplace look like? A big convivial office where all girls can work and discuss together. I especially like the show room and meeting room where we get to see the most current fabrics and styles.

What is your favourite Kivari piece? Definitely the Aster Linen Maxi Dress.

What are your favourite things to do outside of work? I enjoy doing puzzles and play LEGO with my son.

Who is a woman you look up to? A real inspiration for independence and confidence is Dong Mingzhu, a Chinese businesswoman. She is the Chairwoman of Gree Electric. In 2013, Dong was named one of Forbes Asia "Woman in the Mix" for business. The New York Times called her "one of the toughest businesswomen in China”.

Meet The Makers

Our manufacturing partners are more than just factories to us - they’re our family. We’re responsible for their livelihoods, and their families and we’re proud that through their work at KIVARI we’re able to provide jobs for employees all around the world. We have an obligation to support our extended family, and ensure that we are practicing the best social and environmental practices throughout all of the tiers of our supply chain.

Some of the relationships with our suppliers are less than a few years old, but nevertheless we are committed to working with them to gain full transparency in all aspects of our operations. We are confident that by cultivating meaningful relationships with our factories, we can collaborate, learn and grow, to ensure only the most responsible business practices are used.


Maker #1

Location – Suzhou, China
Length of Partnership – 3 years
Employees – 36 in total: 72% Female, 28% Male
Last Audit - SGS November 5, 2019
Affiliations and Accreditations - Sedex , SGS, OEKO-TEX 100 certification
KIVARI Stories - Catalina, Nia and Flora

As KIVARI grew, and the demand for our designs increased, we needed to find a partner that could not only support this growth, but sustain it in a wholesome and ethical manner. With years of experience in prints, and access to Lenzing materials, we found the perfect partnership with this factory. They follow the ‘Base Code’ from the Ethical Trading Initiative, and have since implemented several environmental initiatives in the factory to improve energy efficiency. This includes installing LED lights, turning off equipment when not in use, and most importantly, recycling all production off cuts through government accredited contractors.

Meet Ms Meihongqin

What’s your role? I’m a sample maker.

What’s your favourite thing about your job? Working on products that are popular.

What’s your workplace look like? It’s sunny and full of light, cosy and busy. I love our sample room although sometimes it can get a bit messy with fabrics and papers.

Which KIVARI piece do you like best? The Paloma Maxi Dress, everyone loves it.

What do you like to do outside of work? Dancing and movies.

Who are some women you look up to? Ms. Soong Qingling, who was the First lady of the Republic of China in the 1920s. Also Ms Linhuiyin who was known as the first female architect in modern China.


Maker #2

Location – Jiangsu, China
Length of Partnership – January 2021
Employees – 55 in total: 90% women, 10% men
Last Audit – Global group April 2021
Affiliations and Accreditations – Sedex , OEKO-TEX 100
KIVARI Stories – Jasmin, and soon to come our first jersey story

Through our drive to uncover more sustainable solutions, we set out to find a manufacturer that was more than aligned with our vision, but was a pioneer for change. We wanted someone who would teach us how to do better, show us our options and guide us through our journey. It is with this collaboration, we’re now able to launch one ‘eco’ story every month, that will have a focus on using fabrics that have a more positive impact on the environment. One of KIVARI’s biggest goals is to move our fabrications into hemp and linen blends, and organic options as much as possible and with this collaboration, that vision is set to become a reality.

Meet Jessy Tao

What’s your role? Head of production, I handle orders and make production plans, monitor production process to make sure all orders meet as required with high quality and shipping on time.

What’s your favourite thing about your job? I love my job because I constantly learn new things, and I love the great relationship I have with my colleagues.

What’s your workplace look like? It's a studio with lots of beautiful clothing and green plants. I like the break area the most which is filled with natural light. It’s a place where we can relax watching the great views through our window, while having tea and snacks.

Which KIVARI piece do you like best? I love all the tie front mini dresses, especially the volume created by the ruffle hem.

What do you like to do outside of work? I like baking. I’m currently trying to make some cookies from an online tutorial.

Who is a woman you look up to? Audrey Hepburn, because she was always elegant and caring, devoted to charitable work - like helping children in undeveloped countries in Latin America and Africa. I wish I could be as elegant when I am older. I hope to stay curious and have the ability to help others.


Maker #3

Location – Jiangsu
Length of Partnership – 3 years
Employees – 40 in total - 80% Female, 20% Male
Last Audit – WRAP April 2020
Affiliations and Accreditations – WRAP, BSCI, OEKO-TEX 100 certification, Global Recycled Standard (GRS) 4.0, GOTS
KIVARI Stories
- Elodie, Jelena, Stevie

As our ranges developed, we wanted to diversify our print production, and introduce plain dyed items for customers that wanted more classic pieces for their wardrobe. We wanted to work with a supplier who has access to a wide selection of fabrications and that was why we chose the amazing team here, where our partnership has grown immensely over the years—just like the incredible fabric they produce, they are an integral part of our international family.

Meet Melody Long

What’s your role? Sales/Production Manager

What’s your favourite thing about your job? I enjoy seeing sketches and concepts turn into beautiful clothes. I also feel great satisfaction when production happens smoothly.

What’s your workplace look like? A big convivial office where all girls can work and discuss together. I especially like the show room and meeting room where we get to see the most current fabrics and styles.

What is your favourite Kivari piece? Definitely the Aster Linen Maxi Dress.

What are your favourite things to do outside of work? I enjoy doing puzzles and play LEGO with my son.

Who is a woman you look up to? A real inspiration for independence and confidence is Dong Mingzhu, a Chinese businesswoman. She is the Chairwoman of Gree Electric. In 2013, Dong was named one of Forbes Asia "Woman in the Mix" for business. The New York Times called her "one of the toughest businesswomen in China”.