Kaiko's mission is to enhance the position and quality of life of women in developing countries. In practice this means, at the moment, that Kaiko directs 7% of the profit of clothes sold to the education of women and children in developing countries. With the help of the money donated through Women's Bank, for example training has been organized in Nepal where local people get support in running their own business and thus get a chance for a better livelihood and future for their children.
During our two-year history we, together with our customers, have donated over 18,000 euros to our aid project in the Lalitpur region in Nepal. We feel that the cooperation with Women's Bank gives us a direct influence on enhancing women's quality of life and, at the same time, we can give our customers a real way to make a difference.
For us, being ethical also means a fair price: we do not aim to compete with the lowest possible price in the market. The recommended retail prices of our products are determined by actual production costs, not by what the so-called market price for the product group is.
We believe in the power of cooperation, mentoring and knowledge sharing. We love to learn from others and share our know-how.
Bimala Tamang lost her house and barn in an earthquake and became a shopkeeper with the help of training organized by a cooperative that Women's Bank supports. Bhardeu, Nepal.
We want to be a trendsetter in that everyone can invest in high quality clothes and thus also vote against the throwaway culture with their feet. We hope that people buy clothes with consideration.
The cornerstone of Kaiko's design philosophy is that all items are timeless and high quality and they have been designed to go together with items from previous seasons. We hope that the design will not "expire" in the eye of our customers, either, and that it would last for the entire (hopefully very long!) lifecycle of the item.
We get a wonderful feeling of success when we see Kaiko items from previous seasons still in use and clothes that have become too small for their first wearer bringing joy to the next one.
The anatomy of your favourite garment
We want to make clothes that you want to put on every morning, from day to day and year to year. The kind of clothes that you wear straight from the clothesline, that match anything – items you never want to give up.
All of our products are hand-made by people so there are naturally some rejects. If the quality of a garment we have manufactured does not meet our expectations:
• we will repair it
• we will learn from it and strive to do things better/in a different way
• we will find out with the supplier where the problem is and what actions should be taken
• also defected items usually end up in use: they are sold in our events as factory seconds or donated
Fernanda, Cotton House Lda, Portugal.
What does the price of our products consist of?
Employees are paid a fair compensation for their work in every step of the production process. Also, there is no price dumping at the expense of the environment or well-being at work.
Retail prices (rrp) of products consist of the following costs:
labels, washing labels
24% value added tax
design and marketing costs
other running costs
7% donation of the profit of each sold item to Women's Bank
The majority (approximately 90-95%) of our products are manufactured in a Finnish-owned factory in Portugal. The products are made of GOTS certified organic cotton. The fabric is woven and dyed in Portugal. The production is Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. This means that there are no harmful pesticides, heavy metals or traces of formaldehyde in our products.
The GOTS certified thread comes to the factory from Turkey where it is also spun.
The factory has recently invested in an automatic cutter that minimizes cloth waste in the production. All fabric cuttings – also those possibly cut by a subcontractor – are recycled. Cotton House takes care of the recycling.
In February 2019, Cotton House started to use BCI certified cotton (Better Cotton Initiative) in its own tricot production. You can read more about the factory here.
Italy / Cotton House Lda's subcontractor
All Kaiko tights are GOTS certified and they are manufactured by a Cotton House Lda subcontractor in Italy. The factory is a family business run by two sisters, which has operated for over 50 years in the province of Brescia.
To make tights, cotton is combined with polyamide and elastane for durability and fit. Without polyamide and elastane, the product would not resume its shape after being worn and washed and would be uncomfortable to wear.
A few items in our SS19 collection have been sewn in Estonia. Their material is familiar from our other products and also comes from Portugal. The production minimum in Estonia is smaller than in Portugal so we produced a test batch there.
Sopiva Ompeluliike is a family business located in Ilmajoki that makes Kaiko's hair accessories. The material is the same Portuguese tricot that most of our clothes are manufactured of.
Is there something you would like to ask us regarding responsibility? Do you need more information? A lot still remains to be said but we strive to update this page often.