Where It’s Made: Tracing our Manufacturing in Guatemala

September 20, 2016 1 Comment

Where It’s Made:  Tracing our Manufacturing in Guatemala

When I started Bighorn, I committed to using responsible and sustainable practices at all levels of the company. That starts at the design phase, but it’s my job to make sure that the partners we work with share that same commitment. To this end, I strive to create a strong and trusting relationship with our manufacturers.  I decided it was important to see things for myself, so I packed my bags and headed to Guatemala to meet one of our larger manufacturers.

I’m very lucky in that I have had the opportunity to travel to many different parts of the world, however I had never been to Guatemala, or anywhere near it. I’ve heard and read a number of things that made it seem like a potentially dangerous place (people and Google tend to favor the horror stories when it comes to traveling in foreign places). However, my experience could not have been better.

As soon as I arrived in Guatemala I was picked up by Tulio, the owner of the manufacturing company. Tulio got his MBA at The University of Chicago (my hometown) and had worked all over the world with larger apparel companies before striking out on his own to open his own manufacturing company. You can’t beat local knowledge, so I asked a million questions as we traveled through Guatemala City. We went to the factory in San Pedro (just outside Guatemala City) so that I could see it for myself. San Pedro is a city that has deep roots in textile and apparel manufacturing. It’s a town full of skilled sewers.   Even though it’s a beautiful old city, it’s certainly not a tourist destination. As a consequence, I drew some funny looks as we walked through town. We reached the factory and I was thrilled at what I saw.

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Tulio hugged one of the production managers as we walked in and introduced me to everyone we passed. I did my best to return the friendly greetings in my less than conversational Spanish. The sewing is done on the top floor of an industrial building with large windows on all sides and a balcony overlooking San Pedro on one side. The workers greeted me with handshakes and smiles. I sat down with Tulio and another manager and he explained the working hours, conditions, wages and benefits of the employees. As I mentioned before, the people in this town have a deep history in sewing and they take great pride in their skill and end product. I left with a great sense of relief, excitement and pride. Relief that our products are made by people who are treated fairly, excited that they are able and motivated to make the highest quality products, and proud that I can help provide work for people in parts of the world where a steady job makes a big difference. 

Our supply chain is really a global pursuit (Our raw materials and manufacturing can be traced to USA, China, Mexico, Canada, Guatemala and India) and we will remain committed to responsibility and sustainability at every step.

I had a number of other incredible experiences while in Guatemala and I will write about that in another blog. But I wanted to share the factory experience because anyone who wears Bighorn should know where the products came from and what they stand for.

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Written by Kyle Barrett, Founder & CEO of Bighorn





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Barb Barrett
Barb Barrett

September 20, 2016

Great job committing to making a difference that will affect us all and our planet now and for future generations.

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