responsibility

We are a Finnish clothing brand and most of our products are made in Portugal, in our own factory. When AARREkid was established in 2009 it was one of the first brands in Finland focused in creating ecological kids clothing. In 2016, thanks to the ownership change, AARREkid was able to join a great design team with a production that we can call our own. We, the new owners of the brand, are three siblings Laura, Riikka and Marko. Besides owning the brand, we also have a sewing factory in Portugal, where our beautifully crafted clothes are made. All of the fabrics and materials we use come from nearby suppliers with whom we have been working closely for over two decades and with whom we have built a relationship of trust and transparency.

Portugal is an EU country and when we talk about countries of risk in the textile industry, Portugal is definitely not considered one. Portugal has a functioning legal system that not only creates laws to protect the garment industries workers, but that also implements and monitors them. Portugal has ratified the International Labour Organization conventions, which oblige to abolish child labor, forced labor and to give freedom of association. During the last years, ILO has set the goal to implement Decent Work globally.

Our talented pattern department Carolina Pereira, Fernanda Crasto and Brígida Ferreira

Our talented pattern department Carolina Pereira, Fernanda Crasto and Brígida Ferreira

Our family’s factory, Black Moda Portugal, is located in northern Portugal and currently employs 65 people. One of them is Carolina, who is a member of our pattern department and is responsible for the perfect fit of our pieces. The responsibility for the workers, the acquisitions and products is taken by the factory’s CEO, our sister, Riikka Keski-Vähälä de Oliveira.  She works at the factory daily and makes sure suppliers and partners follow and maintain the ethical values that we all share. At our factory we constantly update knowledge and know-how by providing our staff with continuous training. We offer 35 hours of professional educational programs per year. We also have private health care and safety-on-the-job services that provide us a secure and healthy working environment.

Riikka Keski-Vähälä de Oliveira, the CEO of Black Moda Portugal and part of the 65 employees. 

Riikka Keski-Vähälä de Oliveira, the CEO of Black Moda Portugal and part of the 65 employees. 

Salary rates in the textile field are globally low. Many might look for a better price from Asia and lately from Africa as well. But not all of us can do so, especially when the well-being of people and nature hangs in the balance.

We pay our staff the Portuguese minimum wage or more, depending on the job description. Besides seamstresses, our factory employs pattern makers, production managers, quality controllers, cutting and warehouse staff. On top of wage, we pay additional incentives for, for instance, commitment and care and additional production.

Ana Costa started working in our factory 7 years ago and has proceeded to product manager. Aarrekid’s production orders are always sent first to Ana, who takes the lead in Portugal.

Ana Costa started working in our factory 7 years ago and has proceeded to product manager. Aarrekid’s production orders are always sent first to Ana, who takes the lead in Portugal.

Holidays are paid, three weeks in summer and one during Christmas. Possible overtime is first agreed with the staff and management and overtime is subject to higher pay. Overtime cannot exceed 2 hours per day and a maximum of 200 hours per year. In Portugal, parental leave is 5 months, after which the parent, mother or father, can make a shorter 6 hour day until the child is one year of age. Although the working day is shorter, the parent gets paid for a full 8-hour day. Yearly pay rise is added to the wage as it is set in the legislation.

Our employees are offered 35 hours of professional educational programs per year.

Cotton is the most important and most used fiber in our clothes and most of it is organic. At present, all of the organic cotton yarns we use are GOTS certified and purchased from Turkey. Global Organic Textile Standard is the most acknowledged organic textile standard globally.

The cotton is then transported to northern Portugal where it is made into fabrics or yarns. More special yarn mixtures are made in Portugal and the basic yarns are already purchased in bulk from Turkey. The yarns are then made into fabrics, dyed and printed in the same area in Portugal. All of it happens very close to our factory.

Colour recipes are done using automated systems to reduce chemical surplus and colours and dye-stuffs run in tubes, which minimizes contact with chemicals.

Colour recipes are done using automated systems to reduce chemical surplus and colours and dye-stuffs run in tubes, which minimizes contact with chemicals.

The dye and print house we work with has a statutory water treatment plant with a pH-control system. Colour recipes are done using automated systems to reduce chemical surplus and colours and dye-stuffs run in tubes, which minimizes contact with chemicals.

Printed and finished fabrics are then moved to our warehouse, where they will await for the cutting process to begin. All of the cutting is planned automatically to also minimize textile waste. The waste we generate from cutting is recycled, even if the cutting is done by another company, it’s all recycled. Our factory supervises that all of the fabrics are recycled properly.

Cut pieces ready for sewing. For example our moss jacquard fabrics are made from GOTS certified organic cotton.

Cut pieces ready for sewing. For example our moss jacquard fabrics are made from GOTS certified organic cotton.

Printed and finished fabrics are then moved to our warehouse, where they will await for the cutting process to begin. All of the cutting is planned automatically to also minimize textile waste. The waste we generate from cutting is recycled, even if the cutting is done by another company, it’s all recycled. Black Moda Portugal supervises that all of the fabrics are recycled properly.

If there’s any questions don’t hesitate to contact us and ask!