I took a quick trip to Portugal recently, where I connected with some of our incredible European manufacturers and checked on production for various items in our fall line.
Visiting the factories first hand, I was reminded of these vendors’ extraordinary printing capabilities, which is essential to the appeal of our product line. But their commitment to quality is equally important – a commitment that applies to both the finished product and the entire production process. Most of our vendors produce entirely in house, so they have superior insight into the manufacturing process and excellent oversight of quality control.
As impressed as I was with them and with the beautiful product they’re turning out for next season, I was also struck – as I always am in my travels – with the beauty that’s hidden in every corner of this big world. Everywhere I look, I see inspiration for pattern, color, texture, and product design.
Take a look:
Rotary screens at rest can wake up my creative juices
Printing the Float pattern
Cotton ready for printing
Loving the Float pattern in graphite
Mounds of quality material, in expert hands for sorting and inspection
First, pick a color… any color
It takes 6 hours for 2 people to set up the warp beam!
Then the weaving begins.
During the washing phase, these huge tubs of towels go right into the washer
Portugal is known for high-quality terry manufacturing. These inspectors sure know what they’re doing.
Our Logan towels are organic, highly absorbent, & will last many years…and they’re finally ready to ship!
Crazy for Cutipol…
Cutipol is the premiere flatware factory in Portugal. And this year, we’re working with them as we start to offer high-quality flatware.
These knife & spoon patterns look like they might want to get translated to textile…
Stamping molds = more pattern inspiration
Looks like I’ll have to get my sketchbook out again. Even the machines around here are inspiring.
… and for all of Portugal
Who needs framed art when the side of a building in Cascais is this beautiful?
Wouldn’t a Logan towel look nice on their line?
You’ve gotta love Portuguese tile work
A beautiful walk back at the end of the day