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Who made my sustainable swimwear?

Lilja the Label Portugal factory

New factory in Guimarães, Portugal 

The image on this page is of our new amazing factory in Guimarães, Portugal. The family-run factory employs a total of 30 people.

“Who made my sustainable swimwear?” is a question that will never be a secret for us – we are aiming for utmost transparency when it comes to our production practices, and we cannot wait to tell you more about our makers. Our products are ethically handmade only in handpicked factories we have personally visited. A safe and ethical working environment for everyone that is a part of our product chain in any way is close to our hearts here at Lilja. Therefore it is important for us that our products represent this.

We are proud and excited to finally be able to reveal our new family-run factory in Guimarães, Portugal. In the beginning of 2022 we were able to fulfill our biggest sustainability goal for a long time by moving our production to the European Union. Our new factory is specialized in high-quality swimwear, activewear and undergarments, of which they have over 20 years of experience. We absolutely love partnering with a company that cherishes the same values as we do and that are equally passionate about their work.

We have decided on our factory and our other manufacturing partners, such as fabric retailers, manufacturers of packaging materials etc. after extensive research of the factories, their working conditions, fair wages and holidays. We believe that a business that focuses on soft values, well-being and appreciation of the environment can only thrive when the most important resources of the business, the people, are also thriving. Therefore the wellbeing of everyone involved in our production chain is our utmost priority. Read more about our sustainability practices.

Our new factory will be manufacturing all new our swimwear, loungewear and underwear starting from our AW22 collection. All items made before this are made in Bali. Restocks are still uncertain: we still have a fair amount of stock left from SS22 and will assess the demand for restocks once we get closer to selling out.

All individual product pages and each physical product contains the origin country of the item for utmost transparency. The materials used are the same: we love working with ECONYL® regenerated nylon for our swimwear. Quality is our main priority and we have worked hard to provide the same experience you have had with our items throughout the years.

Our original factory in Bali, Indonesia
The image on this page is of our amazing factory owner, Kadek Suci. She runs the factory together with her husband and employs a total of 36 people in Bali.
 

Our original swimwear and activewear factory is located on the gorgeous paradise island of Bali in Indonesia. This factory has been manufacturing all our swimwear and activewear from 2018 to 2022. The factory is run by a young local couple employing a total of 36 people: four in the office alongside the owners, two specialising in fabric cutting, 26 in manufacturing, three in quality control carefully checking the pieces before they make their way to us and to you and one in graphic design.

We absolutely loved working with our factory in Bali and were so lucky to have a business relationship we could trust with our whole hearts. Parting with the original factory was not an easy decision and we want to emphasize that the factory has been an amazing partner throughout the years. The decision to change our factory location is rooted in the wish to provide an even greener production, closer to home and our customers.

All items launched on or before SS22 have been made by our amazing factory in Bali. Each product page and individual physical product contains the origin information for utmost transparency.

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