Gildan explains their first step behind making a t-shirt
This article is part of a series dedicated to walking readers through the steps behind Gildan’s t-shirt-making process. View the entire series here.
Yarn-spinning is the first step in transforming raw materials into garments. The first part of this process, cotton – primarily sourced from the U.S. – is converted into a yarn that is strong and flexible enough to be knit into t-shirts, underwear, socks, and other essential garments produced at Gildan.
How Gildan devoted this year’s #whomademyclothes campaign to honour their employees making PPE
Every April, Fashion Revolution’s annual #whomademyclothes campaign unites people and clothing companies through a global conversation about ethics and transparency in the fashion industry; but in the months leading to the 2020 campaign, the world was hit with unusual circumstances surrounding the spread of the COVID-19.
In light of Fashion Revolution week, Gildan takes viewers behind-the-scenes of their factories to introduce you to the employees manufacturing PPE
Every year on the same week, Fashion Revolution invites brands and consumers around the world to join a global conversation about supply chain transparency through their recognizable #whomademyclothes? campaign. With this simple question, Fashion Revolution has created a powerful message that calls for brands to put people at the center of their business model while challenging consumers to be curious about the people who make their clothes.
Maria, a Canadian Honduran, shares her seventeen year journey at Gildan. From manager to VP, read the story of this woman’s rise to leadership and her advice on how to get there.
Q: Tell us about your career journey:
After finishing my Textiles Technical degree in Switzerland, I came back home to Honduras and worked in a textile mill. In 2002, I was excited to interview for a job with Gildan, a Canadian company that had operations in Honduras.
When I woke up on the day of the shoot, I was so excited to go on set for the big video. I was imagining the movie magic and the "lights, camera, ACTION." Let me tell you, I was not disappointed. A typical living room was transformed into what looked like a movie set and the camera guys were mumbling technical jargon that would have stumped Spielberg himself. I was amazed! Well, cue the models right? Let's show off that new product! Not for this video. The woman in front of the cameras was definitely as gorgeous as any model, but that day we were in her living room for another reason.