It’s Personal: Discovering our Anything but Basic Range
August 21, 2018
Hidden in the orange groves of North Portugal, sits the family run Pedrosa factory. This is where we make our Anything but Basic tees and vests and boy, are they something special. The factory was founded in 1982, with their mission (like us) to produce products of the highest quality. To achieve this, we use a special blend of pima cotton and modal — modal comes from the fibres found in the husks of a beach tree. We make them supersoft. And we design them to fit and flatter, so they’re perfect for layering.
But at the heart of all this is the Pedrosa family, who personally make sure these tees and vests are the best you’ll ever wear. We decided to pay them a visit, to see what makes them and their factory so special. Here’s Clare, to tell us all about their recent trip…
Inspired by Portugal
“We started the trip with a day in Porto; taking in the sights, checking out the shop windows and admiring the beautiful tiled buildings and graffiti art that was dotted all over the city. It’s great to get out of the office and be inspired by what others are up to and the natural surroundings we found ourselves in. Autumn is all about print for us, so this was a great place to come.
After a full day of wondering the city and having sampled the local port (because, when in Rome…), we boarded a train to Braga, North Portugal, where Pedrosa is based. It’s a small town with loads of history and a buzzing atmosphere. We were recommended a restaurant and dined out on Tapas and the local wine, chatting to the locals until it was time to call it a night ahead of a big day at the factory.”
“The following morning, we were picked up by the lovely Ana, daughter of the owners, from our hotel and whisked off to the factory. The grounds where the factory sits are stunning; surrounded by rolling hills and lemon groves — and the building itself is pretty special too. It was designed by Miguel, the owners’ son who’s also an architect. It’s incredibly modern and he really has thought of everything, including shutters that move with the sun to ensure the building is as efficient as possible for the time of year.
We spent the day talking to as many employees as possible and learning as much as we could about the process and the people involved with making our Anything but Basic range. What was clear from the onset is the amount of knowledge that’s housed within those four walls. They know where to source the best fabrics from, how to cut and shape the fabric for the perfect fit and how to finish it for the softest touch. Every product produced is truly a labour of love.
The feeling of family and community here was what struck us the most. Not only that it’s run by a family but that there are so many families that work for the factory and that they do so much in for charity in the local area. They even have a doctor who comes to the factory so that employees have access during the working week as well as access to an onsite gym to keep them fit and healthy.
In my eyes it’s a truly amazing place, run by a truly amazing family.”
To discover our Anything but Basic range for yourself, head over to our collection and take a look at all the great styles we’ve got this season.
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