About Us

Production

As a fair label, we want to lead by example and show that beautiful and high-quality products can be combined with fair working conditions and fair wages. Our suppliers are our partners and we treat them as such. Our business relationships are based on trust and respect. We think that is the only way to work together.

About Us

Production

As a fair label, we want to lead by example and show that beautiful and high-quality products can be combined with fair working conditions and fair wages. Our suppliers are our partners and we treat them as such. Our business relationships are based on trust and respect. We think that is the only way to work together.

Mission

Long-term partnership

It is important for us that our producers understand our sustainable mission and want to work together with us on it. That’s why, since we were founded seven years ago, we have always strived for long-term partnerships. Ethical production is one of the core values of our company. No child labour, living wages and decent working conditions are an essential part of our production. Without intermediaries, we work directly with our production facility and not only visit it, but also work together on site to combine the right cuts and fabrics, especially at the beginning of our new collections.

Transparency

Our principles

We carefully select our production partners. We stand for long-lasting product design, high quality standards and the most environmentally friendly use of our resources. Of course, we also expect these principles from our production partners:

Fair & Social

Based on these criteria, we select suitable suppliers with a high level of expertise at different locations. Our producers have different certificates, such as quality management according to ISO 9001, the code of conduct according to BSCI and working conditions according to SA 8000. We regularly visit our production partners in person to convince ourselves that we have complied with the defined requirements on site.

Location

Hamburg

NORDLICHT made in Hamburg. We now produce bags and backpacks in series here and are pleased to gradually expand production in Germany. Together, we process natural and sustainable materials such as organic cotton canvas and vegetable tanned leather in the highest quality. The owners of the leather manufactory in Hamburg have more than three decades of experience in textile and leather processing. This experience is a great foundation for working together on our new designs. This is an important aspect, because whether a product really lasts a long time and is easy to repair is significantly influenced during development. Our Hamburg manufactory is as convinced of our sustainable mission as we are.

location

ITALY

In the middle of Tuscany, not far from the city of Florence, our Italian production partner has its leather manufacturer, which has been producing since the early 1980s. Thanks to the many years of experience of our partner, we can guarantee the highest quality standards and fair working conditions both in the procurement of materials and in the processing of the products. We use sailcloth made of organic cotton and vegetable tanned leather in the highest quality. There are also great material suppliers in Tuscany, which is a clear location advantage. We are pleased to combine all the advantages and know-how of our great manufactories.

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China

As with many other fair labels, some of our collections are made by our carefully selected partner in Guangzhou, southern China. Although still a difficult country in political matters, we are seeing rapid changes in social issues and environmental regulations. We want to contribute to the positive development by guaranteeing our partner far above-average prices. In return, we demand fair wages and fixed employment relationships of employees and, of course, pollutant-free materials of the highest quality. Through regular audits, we can guarantee both.

Our Goal

As the production of our bags and backpacks has reached a certain level, we have more and more opportunities to choose materials and suppliers that offer great eco-friendly and sustainable solutions. Step by step, we are switching to even more resource-efficient raw materials. We are constantly working on more environmentally friendly solutions throughout the supply chain. We have always dispensed with designs made of polyester. The next step is now to gradually switch to organic cotton and vegetable tanned leather. We constantly question any current solution as to whether this is still the best option or whether things can be done even better now. At the same time, this means a conscious and decelerated approach to the development and design process. Our top priority is to ensure that the manufacturing of our products is environmentally conscious and that the people involved in every step of the process are treated with respect.

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