This feature will showcase Poly Nation, the team who manufactures many of Hemporium’s clothing styles, including t-shirts and hoodies.
Founded in 1995, Poly Nation is part of a new generation of entrepreneurial companies that are seeking to bring clothing manufacturing back home.
They are doing so, with care for their people and the environment.
In the face of ever-increasing imports and mechanization in the local clothing industry, Poly Nation made a conscious decision, right from day one, to rather invest in developing a skilled and motivated workforce to offer a high-quality local alternative to imported, mass-produced, clothing.
Located in Salt River, Cape Town’s traditional garment district, their lovingly restored, 107-year-old factory, is now a highly efficient and independent facility.
Walking through their factory, you will see the passion, the precision, and the meaningful relationship their people have with their vision, their products, their premises, and their new way of doing things the old-fashioned way.
The space is big, bright, clean, and airy – and surpasses all required Labour, Health, and Safety criteria. They have an unblemished record with International Brand Auditors; and take great pride in offering their staff and colleagues a safe, happy, and healthy environment to work in.
Their business model is simple. They manufacture premium quality casual wear, that is completely manufactured in-house and ready to go straight to retail. They offer a focused range of product categories (Tees, Hoodies and Sweaters) within which there is a wide selection of colours, styles and branding options. They carry a range of stock garments, ready for branding with short lead times. They also offer custom manufacturing within their area of focus.
They offer the following branding processes.
Screen-printing (They are one of few companies that print with water-based eco-friendly inks)
Direct To Film printing
They are trusted suppliers to a host of local and international brands, and they have been approved in terms of product quality and ethical behaviour, by leading International Brand audits.