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FTC Cashmere

OUR PASSION – YOUR MOMENTS



FTC® stands for Fair Trade Cashmere and a positive attitude towards life. The family business was founded in 2003 and is still run by the Knezovic family.

Uniquely, FTC® manages the entire value chain - from growing the fodder for its own cashmere goats, to manufacturing, to quality control - and thus all steps itself.

 

The FTC® brand stands for Fair Trade Cashmere and carries the fair trade idea not only in its name, but also in its heart. A sustainable way of working is the basis of the company's business and success. This enables the entire region around the FTC® production sites in Shaanxi and Hebei provinces to enjoy fair wages, long-term employment and good working conditions. Over the years, close partnerships and a deep understanding of local needs have thus been formed.

As an important economic driver of the region, FTC® invests not only in its own company but also in the local people, for example by supporting and building schools. This leads to close ties with the entire region and also ensures the outstanding quality of all FTC® products.

WE DO CARE – WE DO ACCEPT, TAKE AND LIVE RESPONSIBILITY



From the cashmere goat to the fashion piece - the entire value chain has been in the hands of the family-owned company FTC® since the beginning.

 



Everything starts in the heights of Shaanxi (China), where the approximately 30,000 cashmere goats of FTC® are at home. The animals are fed on alfalfa and corn, which FTC® grows near the farm. With a specially developed set of animal husbandry rules, FTC® also takes responsibility for treating its animals well. To further ensure animal welfare, FTC® cooperates with national universities and has the health of the cashmere goats regularly checked by specialists.

The fine underhairs of the cashmere goats are obtained annually at the change of season from winter to summer with a lot of patience and care. The knowledge about the cashmere goat is passed down through generations by our employees.

From carding and dyeing, to spinning and knitting - all process steps of the processing to the fashion piece take place in the own manufactory in the Chinese province of Hebei. The own manufactory enables transparency, control and overview for FTC®, because therefore only very few middlemen (for product ingredients like buttons) are involved.

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FTC Cashmere about company family

FTC® – THEN AND NOW



2003 - Foundation in Rosenheim (Bavaria)

2004 - Logistics center in Niederndorf (Austria) and establishment of own production in China

2005 - Relocation of the company headquarters to Switzerland

2007 - Start "Farmer Protection Program" and opening of first school in Shaanxi province

2009 - Relocation of the first school to larger premises and opening of "Goat Breeding Farm

2011 - Exclusive material enhancement through the use of SeaCell™

2016 - Entry of the next generation with Jana and Adrian Knezovic

2017 - Groundbreaking of the big farm project

2018 - Installation of solar system in the production

2019 - Launch of a new quality: UpKnit – Upcycling for Uniqueness by FTC®

2019 - Complete conversion Europe to green electricity and start implementation of certifications

2020 - Physical proof of the value chain by Haelixa

2021 - Climate neutrality for the entire company, products and processes

2021 - All products are certified with STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®