Our definition of quality, transparency and style
Sustainability and responsible consumption reflect the spirit of the times, are much more than a short-term trend and their importance is being reassessed. We continue to produce a large portion of our products in our factories in Germany, Portugal and Hungary. From the thread to the fabric, cutting and even the final product – more than 50% of added value is created in Germany.
Production steps at Mey
As a family-owned company that has been in the family since its founding in 1928, we can quite transparently track all of our production steps at our company sites as well as in other producing countries. As we largely produce in countries considered non-critical by the Fair Wear Foundation, we are not allowed to use the Fair Wear label on our products.
Design and innovation
The design teams for women and men at Mey surprise us each and every season with new creations, colour palettes and products. New garments and cuts are created, existing pieces are improved and optimised and lovely little accents are added – all with a view to provide durability, high quality and unique design. One’s own individuality is the focus. The inner desire for modern authenticity and harmony comes first and foremost – both in terms of the materials and the colour palette. The focus is on premium fabrics that offer impeccable comfort. We believe that our durable products make a contribution to a better future. More sustainability, less fast fashion.
An employee checks the fit of the garment on a dress form and makes subsequent improvements | Albstadt, Germany
Yarns and fabrics
The innovative development of yarns and fabrics has been one of our greatest strengths from the very beginning. We develop and test a variety of new material and yarn combinations to produce the perfect fabrics for our products. Our fabrics are particularly durable, soft and supple as well as extremely comfortable to wear.
We manufacture approximately 85% of our fabrics on state-of-the-art knitting machines at the company’s headquarters in Albstadt. After finishing, an employee carefully inspects our fabrics for defects.
Yarn bobbins prepared for mounting on the knitting machine | Albstadt, Germany
Knitting factory and fabric production
We manufacture approximately 85% of our fabrics on state-of-the-art knitting machines at the company’s headquarters in Albstadt (Germany). Our machinery includes body-size knitting machines, which create circular knitted fabric tubes that can subsequently be cut to produce tops and bottoms without side seams, as well as machines to produce metre goods. Metre goods are also circular knitted fabrics that are then cut directly down one side and wound onto a roll, resulting in a standard length of material. After finishing, an employee carefully inspects our fabrics for defects. Our fabrics are particularly durable, soft and supple and are extremely comfortable to wear – even when frequently worn and washed.
An employee removes a finished roll of fabric from the knitting machine for metre goods | Albstadt, Germany
Further processing and finishing
Our fabric finishing process on the jet shrinking system and our calendering process enable us to reduce the risk of garment shrinkage to as little as four percent. We take this figure into account when designing patterns so that every product fits just like it did the very first time even after repeated washing. The jet shrinking system treats the fabric like a normal tumbler dryer, but on a larger scale. The length of fabric loses 10% of its potential lengthwise shrinkage as a result.
Fabric running through the calender rollers | Albstadt, Germany
Cutting and sewing
Our expertise and the use of punching machines and state-of-the-art cutting machines guarantee consistently high accuracy. The punching machine is mainly used to cut shirts and briefs to size that were produced as seamless tubular knitted fabric. Fully automated cutting is performed on the machine. To ensure the dimensional accuracy of the cut pieces, not more than 25 layers of fabric are processed in one work step. It is possible to cut a much higher number of layers from a technical point of view, however, the cut pieces vary slightly as a result, which would not be in line with our high standard of quality.
Cut pieces are removed from the entire length of fabric and sorted for subsequent processing | Albstadt, Germany
To provide exceptional comfort, we pay special attention to our seam work, for example with high stitch density (up to 13 stitches/cm). That allows us to guarantee a seam’s high degree of elasticity and ultimate comfort as a result. We invest in premium quality. To ensure that level of quality, we check our products after every manufacturing step. Only then do you have a final product that completely satisfies customers: with premium material, precision workmanship and exceptional comfort.
A seamstress hems a sleeveless top | Celorico de Beira, Portugal