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.
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.
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®