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Pride in Process
Commonwealth exists as a reimagining of apparel manufacture. CMFG is intentionally product-focused over brand-focused. Said another way, the hype belongs to thorough craftsmanship, not hollow branding.
These shirts are created to be more than just another disposable item. Each product is designed to be simple, classic and enduring, so you can freely bypass the fads.
The whole ambition is to create a better process, thereby resulting in a more authentic product. As a counter to veiled offshore production, CMFG manufactures in a local, transparent and diligent manner.
The CMFG space encompasses the entire process, from design to construction to consumer. I consider it a huge privilege to see a garment evolve from initial concept to completion. Technical and creative elements come together to make this a place for innovation and responsible production.
I cling to classic silhouttes or variations of; oxfords, work shirts, flannels, etc. The aim is enduring design, incorporating superior fabric with superior construction. The standard fit is slim casual, with a bit more length in the torso and sleeves. Subtle details are incorporated with no obvious logo branding.
Being a product-focused company (versus brand-focused) means superior materials are a must. Our fabric is sourced from reputable mills utilizing natural fibres only. Our buttons are from Japan (Iris Ltd.) and our thread is from Montreal, QC (Cansew).
The idea is to close the gap between process and consumer. Transparency means you have the right to see where and know how your clothes are made. Shop visitations encouraged. Goods are sold online or at the shop (290 McDermot Ave, 4th floor).
TRANSPARENCY, BENEVOLENCE, DUE DILIGENCE
TRANSPARENCY: Every CMFG garment is produced in Winnipeg either by a small team of sewers, paid fairly above minimum wage. Specific information is available on each product, with openness regarding the origin and acquisition of raw materials. The work space itself is open to public visitations, by appointment.
BENEVOLENCE: We believe the creation of apparel should be beneficial to producer, product, environment and consumer alike. Makers should be held in high regard. Poverty wages are unacceptable. All practices should benefit and style and durability of each product. All products made exclusively from all natural fibres.
DUE DILIGENCE: Whether it is superior materials, thorough sewing techniques or thoughtful design, due diligence is the common denominator.
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