Design and production

Our garments are designed in Kajaani, Northern Finland, with inspiration from the surrounding nature. We want our customers to have clothing worthy of them whether wandering in the bustling city, in the midst of nature or on the university campus.

Our R-Collection products are designed to be visually pleasing to our customers as well as durable.  As the quality of the materials is of utmost importance, the design is always based on the special properties of the materials used. We want our garments to survive long term usage and to be easily maintained. We also like to design timeless products, so we do not necessarily follow the latest trends.

The classic anorak is the base for several products. Simple design makes it possible for the garments to be suitable for both leisure and party, now and for years to come.  Light for the spring, protective for the fall.  With the change of seasons R-Collection exuviates its skin. As in nature: what is most valuable stays intact.

We want to make our products as close as possible. We design all our products in Kajaani. Once an idea becomes into a drawing, it is made into patterns and sown to a sample garment. The samples are further developed in Kajaani, enabling effective product development. The production ready garments are then cut, embroidered and printed in Kajaani and sent to Estonia for sewing.

There we have our own employee to guarantee the high quality of production and to ensure the local working conditions of the employees. Most of our products (about 90%) are manufactured in Estonia and Finland. We also strive to increase the transparency of our production because we believe that transparency is the key to a sustainable future.

We cooperate with two dyeing factories. Our anorak products are dyed and finished in Estonia and our sweatshirt and t-shirt material is dyed in Finland. Our knitted garments are made in Finland and Lithuania from Italian wool yarn. We only use mulesing free merino yarn in our products. We manufacture our silk products in Istanbul, where we found a small family business that really knows how to handle this challenging material. Our canvas bags and backpacks come from Portugal. Anorak bags are manufactured in Finland and Estonia from production surplus material. Socks and soaps are also made in Finland. Our woolen beanies come from Finland and Estonia, our caps from Estonia and downjackets from Turkey. We regularly visit our factories and work on R-Collection's Code of Conduct that will guide our operations and decision-making.


It is really important to us that we enter into long-term partnerships. It is not in our interest to switch to new suppliers, but to carefully nurture proven partners. We have been cooperating with most of our suppliers for more than 8 years.

Some of our subcontracting partners:

Laureetsia Ou, partners since 2012

Jakobi tn 9 Valga, Valga vald Valgamaa 68204, Estonia

Skirts, dresses, blouses, trousers

3% of all sewing production in 2019

Loksa Clothing Expert Ou, partners since 2012

Kaluritie 1, Loksa 74805 Harju maakond, Estonia

Sweatshirts and pants, T-Shirts

46 % of all sewing production in 2019

OU Vivatex, partners since 2012

Lai 4, Valga, 68203 Valga maakond, Estonia

Jackets

33 % of all sewing production in 2019

Velmard As partners since 2018

Tondi 17 b, 11301 Tallinn, Viro

Hats

2% of all sewing production in 2019

Garlita Joint Company, partners since 2016

Rinkūnų k. Garliavos apyl. sen. Kauno r. sav. Stadiono 2, LT – 53280, Lithuania

Knitwear

4% of all sewing production in 2019

Top Knit Oy, partners since 2018

Kankaanpääntie 10, 29810 Siikainen, Finlnad

Knitwear

2% of all sewing production in 2019


Zeki Mert Ipek, partners since 2012

Hürriyet, Rumeli Cd. D:No:42 D:6, 34250 Şişli/İstanbul, Turkey

Silk products

3% of all sewing production in 2019

ENVIRONMENT

We contribute towards the environment by utilizing environmentally friendly materials in the delivery of our garments. We pack our orders in recycled paper packages made in Finland and avoid plastic in delivery. In stores and factories, we only use cardboard boxes that we recycle. Our price tags and labels are made from recycled paper and instead of plastic bags we pack our products in paper bags in our stores. Also, R-Collection Gift Cards are made of paper instead of plastic. The production and storage facility in Kajaani utilize geothermal energy. Geothermal energy is renewable solar energy and therefore an environmentally friendly form of energy. In the future we are planning to calculate R-Collection's overall carbon footprint in our operations and start to reduce it.

We have cooperated with WWF by donating 10 euros for each Outa-anorak for the protection of Finnish forests.

Customer satisfaction plays an important role for us. If, despite proper use, there is a manufacturing error in our product within a reasonable time from the date of purchase, we will always try to repair it instead of throwing it away. We want to help our customers extend their clothing life and our shop staff will be happy to tell you about the proper care of clothes.

We recommend to recycle used clothes properly. Our customers
can bring used R-Collection products back to our own stores for recycling. Clean and intact clothing can be resold or donated to recycling organisations. The lifespan of clothes can be extended with proper care and repair. An old garment can continue to live as a material of another garment. Fiber recycling
or mixed waste is the last place for unusable textiles.

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