The majority of our stock is purchased from a variety of independent manufacturers in small towns near Florence, Italy. We are a business making a difference and we also, where possible, buy from the UK which helps reduce our carbon footprint.
Although many of these areas have seen a mass immigration of Chinese workers, the well established Chinese community now own and run the majority of the factories there themselves. This has shifted the production within the area from the dwindling manufacture of fabric to the production of whole garments and has established profitable export markets to China that did not previously exist.
From Italy with love
Italy still offers the best textile available with a dramatic reduction in production time and an unbeatable quality to cost ratio.As a company we seek to ensure workers conditions are fair and regulated where ever possible, meeting the high standards demanded by the Italian government and that workers are paid the national minimum salaries.
Goose island is committed to raising money for charities. We have donated up to £50,000 to a local children’s hospice Ty Hafan to date, given up to £40,000 to our nearest hospital to help fund cancer research projects, purchase specialist equipment and fund wards. We regularly participate in charity fashion shows to raise money for charities such as the WI and MacMillan, contribute raffle prizes and donation boxes in store ensure even the compulsory bag charge goes to a good cause.