(Filed Under wholesale Lingerie News). It has been 50 years since Joseph Farel founded Trimline Foundations; the company that became Empire Intimates and moved from Charlotte, N.C. to South Fork, Pa. in the 1980’s. Despite changes over the years, Lia Farel, vice president of Empire, said that the manufacturer still delivers its signature high quality product, and is still made in the United States; a rarity nowadays.
“We are an American manufacturer, not just a warehouse,” Farel explained. “We utilize as many domestic fabric and trim suppliers as possible. This avoids import issues and provides for faster shipping. We do everything [in-house] from initial product design to technical design, to pattern making, to grading, cutting, sewing [and] distribution. We [are also able to do] contract sewing of other [companies] cut goods in cut quantities as low as 30 dozen, [and] have the capabilities of laminating materials in-house. We continually strive for quality in our products; emphasizing quality control at each step of production.”
Keeping manufacturing in-house also allows Empire to work with independent designers and maintain what Farel called “a loyal and dedicated workforce” with many employees having been with the company for 10 to 40 years.
Farel added that the company keeps the majority of products in stock, and is able to anticipate demand and manufacture quickly when products are out of stock. “Customer service is a top priority,” she said. “Many orders ship the day they are received and even if manufacturing is necessary, most will ship in one or two weeks. When you telephone Empire, a customer service representative answers your call and can answer your question.”
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