Odd Molly has no production of its own and instead has its collections manufactured by selected suppliers in China, India, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Spain, Sri Lanka and Morocco. Because many items contain intricate, hand-sewn details, Odd Molly places high demands on its suppliers. The choice of manufacturers is mainly based on product quality and delivery performance, but ethical and environmental considerations are also a factor, and that production is economically viable. Suppliers must follow the Fair Wear Foundation’s Code of Labour Practices and Odd Molly’s Quality Assurance & Chemical Agreement.
Odd Molly periodically evaluates its network of partners, though the aim is to build close, long-term relationships. This is good for both the company and the supplier – and it helps to create sustainable products. As Odd Molly becomes more of a lifestyle brand, the range of products will broaden, so new, specialized suppliers may be added. During the year new manufacturers were added in Bulgaria, Lithuania and Sri Lanka, and in total Odd Molly worked with 50 (47) manufacturers during the year. The baseline criteria to be selected as a manufacturer are:
- Overall assessment of production facilities, labor conditions and management
- Product quality, production and details
- Delivery performance
- Price – reasonable enough to meet gross margin requirement
- Business acumen and professionalism
- Customer references
- Risk assessment by country and region
Odd Molly works directly with its suppliers as well as through manufacturing agents in India and Portugal. The manufacturing agent closely dialogues with Odd Molly’s production department to find the right manufacturer for the company. Odd Molly relies on third-party inspections in China to assure quality. This party checks finished products before they are approved for shipment to Sweden and conducts inspections during the production process to ensure that the products meet Odd Molly’s high demands. Odd Molly’s own design and production team normally visits manufacturers twice a year to discuss development opportunities, methods and quality issues.