The Cost of Doing Things Right.
Turns out it's 95 Euros. The cost of a pair of work gloves, done right.
Nobody aspires to making crap. Very few people celebrate the idea of underpaid workers in South East Asia. I never met anyone advocating long-haul transport of materials that you can just as easily find across the road. And nobody believes that unnecessarily using toxic chemicals and wasting water will make our children's world a better place.
Yet we're all (including me) wholeheartedly endorsing those things with most purchases we make.
I'm no activist and for sure no saint myself. I'm just pretty new to clothes manufacturing and startled to find how the way things are set up either pushes your ideals or your business down the drain. Really makes me respect those that manage to walk that line.
The Jöns gloves we made were a deliberate test. We used local materials (cows), we used a local tannery, one that only uses vegetable-based products in their process. We used a local skilled leather seamstress and paid a reasonable fee (still we got a significant discount). We did it the right way, the way we all would like things to be made. The way we all KNOW it has to be made in order to keep things sustainable.
But in the end they'll cost you 95 Euros. And they still won't make any money. That's where it's at. That's the equation.
I could argue that they are so much better quality. That a Swedish seamstress is a lot more skilled than an Indian, that the leather is stronger because of the mindful process, that my overall control of the quality is greater because of the short distances and personal contact.
But it would only be fractionally true, certainly not to the degree of a 90 Euro price difference.
But they're really nice gloves. Proper. And we're proud of them and everyone involved in making them.
Johan / Millkeeper Stockholm