Production of product placed locally to either development, material production and/or retail.
Local production can:
- Minimise use of resources i.e. transport costs, CO² emission and logistics.
- Enable design innovation in collaboration with manufacturers within production.
- Support local communities.
- Support transparency in the supply chain.
- Lack of locally situated manufactures in Denmark, Scandinavia and Western Europe due to the general outsourcing.
High-end textiles company, Wallace & Sewell use their choice of local production as part of the product history build-up (www.wallacesewell.com/about).
Local Production can be used to promote and invigorate a specific geographical area through a joint platform, see for example MINYC (http://madeinnyc.org).
Adidas has launched a Women’s Empowerment Programme to improve knowledge and skills and help female workers within their supply chain (http://www.adidas-group.com/en/sustainability/people/community-engagement).
- Clark (2008). SLOW + FASHION—an Oxymoron—or a Promise for the Future …? Fashion Theory, 12, pp. 427–446.