Manufacturing During COVID-19

Posted by Ariel Katz on

EVERYBODY.WORLD has built our company model on ethical manufacturing and that’s why we want to update you on what we have been doing since the onset of COVID-19.  

There is not yet an official standard for how to operate a garment factory during this time, and no workplace on earth can be safe while COVID-19 is still rampant. To help alleviate manufacturing loads, we slowed down our production and paused on taking any wholesale orders for approximately six weeks so we could prioritize making and distributing masks and plan our best course of action to address the ongoing demand/need for manufacturing. 

Making clothing is a deeply human process working within an inherently flawed system. In order to get to a better place, we must constantly think about new solutions for what and how we consume. We believe that every factory we work with is a part of the solution and it would be an unequivocal loss for the local manufacturing ecosystem if they were not to survive through this challenging time. 

EVERYBODY.WORLD manufactures goods at different types of facilities in Los Angeles, some with many workers and some with very few. Unfortunately, the burden of this pandemic falls unequally onto essential workers. Our industry, like others that have remained open, has been hugely impacted by COVID-19. 

In the case of one of our partner factories, Los Angeles Apparel, we have been on-site daily, prior to and throughout the pandemic, to oversee our production. For t-shirts and knit goods, we believe this factory is the best in LA from an innovation, quality, technology and garment worker treatment standpoint, and that’s why we choose to do business with them. Their manufacturing wages are the highest that we’re aware of, at a minimum $15/hour and average of $22/hour, with access to hazard pay. Far in advance of federal, state, and county protocols for COVID-19, they took action to lower the risk of transmission through the use of masks, physical distancing and other safety measures. You can read about them here and we can confirm that we witnessed these measures being implemented firsthand. We are deeply saddened by the COVID-19 related deaths in the apparel industry, especially those in our community. The appropriate government agencies are working directly with management at Los Angeles Apparel to further improve its safety standards and we believe they will continue to do the best they can to safeguard their workers. If this were ever not true, without hesitation, we would call it out and take our business elsewhere. 

Lastly, Carolina and Iris have known and worked with Dov Charney for almost 20 years and certainly have an in-depth story to tell when they’re ready to share it. At this time, our focus is the present—the health of manufacturing employees and factories, and its greater ecosystem. Thank you for reading this and caring about who makes your clothes, and please reach out with questions or ideas. All is one.