Saitex CEO Sanjeev Bahl wholeheartedly believes that garment manufacturers and apparel brands can do well and do good for people and the earth.
Saitex is a garment manufacturer, specializing in denim and other over-dyed products, based in Bien Hoa, Vietnam, across the Saigon bridge, about 20 miles outside Hồ Chí Minh City. The privately held company is also planning facilities in the west, and for the future, CEO Sanjeev Bahl sees much promise in micro-facilities, which he says will allow for proximity to customers. That can speed up the design-to-production process, and can accommodate small-batch, customized runs, while preserving ethical and sustainable production.
Sanjeev’s vision for Saitex is not about “fast fashion” as many understand it now, however. When it comes to garment manufacturing “speed” and “profit” have garnered some brands a reputation for disposable clothing, where production comes at a cost to both humans and the environment. Rather, Saitex holds firm to the values of multiculturalism, ethical treatment of workers and sustainability—an ethos premised on the idea that a company can achieve high performance and growth while operating with respect for people and community, using processes that are gentle to the earth. The company is seeing significant growth, especially in the last 24 months.
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This article is one of a series on Rivet from Lenzing’s Carved in Blue denim blog. From conversations with the experts behind the mills that make some of the world’s most-wanted denim to the global brands bringing novel denim made with TENCEL® and Lenzing Modal® to the market, Carved in Blue shares the stories of those whose roots run deep with denim. Visit www.carvedinblue.lenzing-fibers.com.