“As the designer and sole owner of the Nicole Rebstock brand, I understand the importance of incorporating social responsibility and high ethical standards into my business practices. My background in law and my learnings in business have given me a strong appreciation for what it means to be “socially responsible” when it comes to manufacturing and acting as a retailer, employer and contractor."
“I work with a wonderful, family owned manufacturer in Guangzhou, China, who has an open door policy. This simply means that I can turn up to the factory whenever I like, without warning. As a matter of policy, every production run that is carried out is overseen by me and the quality control team at the factory. The manager, technicians and I work as a team to source high quality materials when I am in Guangzhou. My manufacturers have a preferred selection of venders for materials which helps us maintain our excellent quality. My trips to Guangzhou involve visiting the trade markets for future collections, visiting other component factories, overseeing and performing quality control on current production and ensuring the factory complies with our ethical standards as a company. These standards include, but are not limited to: a fair and liveable wage, good working conditions and a feeling of belonging in the work place."
“I think people are sometimes unsure about China and its standards both in quality and social responsibility but having worked there for some time now, it is very clear to me that it is not about where you are manufacturing, it is about who you are working with. All of our shoes are handmade to an exceptionally high standard by people who have an incredible wealth of knowledge and talent. We have been praised several times by cobblers in Auckland that the quality of our shoes largely exceeds the quality of other shoes found in New Zealand. For this, my manufacturers and I are very proud.”
- Nicole Rebstock
Designer and owner of the Nicole Rebstock brand.
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