Ethics & Sustainability


nightcity clothing strongly believes that in this decade and age, it is the responsibility of clothing brands to uphold high ethical standards, as we believe that all garment workers deserve, and are within their rights, to receive a living wage and humane working environments.

We also believe that any clothing brand must be aware of the environmental impact and sustainability of their operations, all while having a constant vision to improve their sustainability. nightcity clothing are adhering to a strict action plan to continuously minimise our environmental impact and improve our sustainability.

Ethics

nightcity clothing strive to uphold fair ethical standards and we have sought for our styles to have been manufactured in factories, and by clothiers, that are audited yearly by independent third parties for occupational health and safety. Regular checks as such aid in ensuring the enforcement of humane working hours, wages, and the safety of facilities.

We are a clothing brand who believe in being transparent to our customers about the supply chain of our clothing at the Tier 1 level, within the remit of trade secrets.

Our clothing is manufactured by clothiers, factories and/or associates in South Korea and Mainland China. Our product undergo stringent quality inspections before being stored and shipped from our private warehouse spaces between South Korea, Hong Kong & Mainland China.


Dongdaemun & Namdaemun, Seoul, South Korea

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (Source: Nestor Lacle)

Dongdaemun and Namdaemun have long known to be the fashion hubs of Seoul, and all throughout the rapid globalisation of fashion influences from South Korean media & culture.

A selection of the designs sold by nightcity clothing have been manufactured by small and medium sized factories associated with our unique network of experienced South Korean clothiers whom our team have developed strong, trusting, working relationships with.

As we are not able to forego our remit of trade secrets by disclosing explicit and identifiable information about the exact manufacturers contracted to produce our collections, above is a graph from a research activity we conducted ahead of deciding which countries to partner up with, which was used as a basis for accepting factories as Tier 1 suppliers.

The graph above shows that the average full-time garment worker in South Korea receives an above-minimum wage [1] since the earliest graphed datapoint in 2014 [2] [3] [4] [5]. As of mid-2018, it is estimated that the average full-time garment worker wage exceeded South Korea's estimated living wage [6].

This preliminary research provided nightcity clothing with initial confidence in partnering with manufacturers in South Korea. From further correspondence, we are also pleased with the individual ethical standards portrayed by the factories we work with.

assumptions in data visualisation:
- datapoints without sources per graphed year have been generated using a least-squares, best fit, linear regression method with the sourced datapoints referenced above.
- datapoints for the living wage per graphed year have been generated using the slope of sourced minimum wage entries and applied at the sourced living wage datapoint, as per the reference above.


Guangdong, Jiangsu & Zhejiang, Mainland China

 Shenzhen, Guangdong province (Source: PHOTO / VCG)

Mainland China's top and most pioneering garment, textiles and footwear industries reside in predominantly three provinces: Guangdong, Jiangsu & Zhejiang. Another proportion of the designs sold by nightcity clothing have been manufactured by small and medium sized factories in these three provinces, whom our team have carefully selected.


As we are not able to forego our remit of trade secrets by disclosing explicit and identifiable information about the exact manufacturers contracted to produce our collections, above is a graph from a research activity we conducted ahead of deciding which countries to partner up with, which was used as a basis for accepting factories as Tier 1 suppliers.

The graph above shows that the average full-time garment worker in China receives a substantially far above-minimum wage [1] [2] since the earliest graphed datapoint in 2013 [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]. By 2014, it is estimated that the average full-time garment worker wage exceeded China's estimated living wage [8].

Furthermore, the estimated living wage for Shanghai, an urban and metropolitan city, as of late 2019 is 4502 CNY [9] per month, which the average garment worker in China already exceeded in mid-2018.

This preliminary research provided nightcity clothing with initial significant  confidence in partnering with manufacturers in China from the top garment manufacturing provinces (Guangdong, Jiangsu & Zhejiang). From further correspondence, we are also pleased with the individual ethical standards portrayed by the factories we work with.

assumptions in data visualisation:
- datapoints without sources per graphed year have been generated using a least-squares, best fit, linear regression method with the sourced datapoints referenced above.
- datapoints for the living wage per graphed year have been generated using the slope of sourced minimum wage entries and applied at the sourced living wage datapoint, as per the reference above.

Sustainability

As mentioned previously, we believe any clothing brand must be aware of the environmental impact and sustainability of their operations, all while having a constant vision to improve their sustainability.

nightcity clothing has a clear, well-defined roadmap (pictured below) to become a more sustainable fashion brand. Currently, we are reinvesting profits into researching more sustainable fabrics and implementing low-waste manufacturing methods with our clothiers.

Ultimately, we hope to release a unique, more sustainable fashion collection in the near future, made entirely from more sustainable fabrics, with their "flat" designs drawn such that most amount of fabric is utilised in the final products, per square footage of raw material.

As the initiative progresses, we hope to update our community on our journey to becoming more sustainable as a top priority. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to find out where we're headed, to keep up to date, as well as offers & discount codes.