By Raan Parton
Photos by Raan Parton
As the creative director at Apolis, I always value time that I am able to spend interacting with and learning from our textile and manufacturing partners. The nuts and bolts of the clothing, from the way the raw materials are harvested to the finishing details that most people don't even notice, absolutely fascinates me. I feel extremely lucky to get to work in a role where I have the ability to oversee every part of the production process, I believe that knowing all we know about our manufacturing partners makes us a more socially conscious company.
This particular design trip, I was able to spend time with Apolis partners in Italy, Austria, Poland and Switzerland before finishing the trip in Portugal. We have always had a very strong and beneficial partnership with manufacturing partners in Portugal, mainly due to their extreme attention to detail and their family-run businesses with specialization and heritage. It is where we make a lot of our suiting and outerwear, and it is a place that I have come to love. That is one of the reasons we are happy to introduce the new Porto City Series Market Bag.
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