Since the start of STUTTERHEIM, we have worked with the same Europe-based factory making our rainwear. We work very closely with our factory and production – it’s here that we make all of our classic styles such as Stockholm and Mosebacke. The factory, which is 100% solar-driven, started out by manufacturing workwear, we are the first and only fashion brand that they work with. Coming from a background of making durable and hard-wearing apparel means that the artisans at the production line have expert knowledge in making high-quality garments – this aligns with our mission of making durable clothes that outlast trends as well as the toll of time and wear and tear.
To ensure that our rainwear offers maximum protection from rain and wet weather, we use a technique to join the seams called double-welding. This means that instead of sewing the pieces of fabric together (leaving small punctures where the needle has pushed through), they are welded together in a process where the seams are melted with heat, joined, pressed and cooled. This means that there are no gaps or punctures in any of the joins – and there is no way for any water to seep through.
Water column pressure is the industry standard way of measuring how waterproof a fabric or garment is. It indicates the amount of pressure a fabric can withstand before water penetrates it and is measured in millimetres. The original testing technique, which the name derives from, involved a testing tube (column) which was filled with x amount of water. The lowest water column pressure for a garment to be considered waterproof is 6000 mm. All of our rainwear has a water column pressure of +20 000 mm.