Here are a few examples of the tests and inspections that our clothing has to undergo before you can buy it from a store.
Button puller. Making sure that buttons are firmly attached is not just a quality requirement, but also a safety aspect. We naturally don’t want a button coming loose as it could be a choking hazard for a child. All our buttons, fasteners, and the fabrics they are attached to must withstand a force of at least 90 N in order to pass our test.
Colourfastness. Our clothing holds its colour. We test the colourfastness of our fabrics by rubbing. A white cloth is rubbed against the fabric, both wet and dry, to check that the fabric does not stain or fade.
Lightbox. Do the colours appear as intended? And what happens when the lighting changes? Checking the colours in a lightbox is a test that is widely used in the textile industry – and by us of course.
Water column test. All our rainwear and most of our workwear undergoes a water column test. In order to be classified as rainwear under European standards and to receive the highest CE mark (class 3) a garment has to withstand a water column of 1,325 millimetres. But we believe that rainwear should withstand at least 2,000 millimetres! We therefore test everything extra carefully, including the seams, in our own lab, before it is released for classification.