At Yumiko we are inspired by beauty and standards. We believe in a world of possibilities. A world of brilliant color. A world worth our every consideration.
Yumiko has always been a socially conscious brand since day one of our conception. Through our choices, we hope to be active contributors to social progress and environmental preservation. There are always challenges, and we don’t claim to have all the solutions, but we can tell you the steps we are taking to be a sustainable and compassionate company now and in the future.
We are committed to transparent production practices that produce minimal waste, cause no unnecessary harm and contribute to a social and sustainable world.
We aim to create long lasting dancewear of the highest quality. We do not support a throw away culture, therefore we do not mass-produce anything. Instead we focus on made to order pieces and specific collections designed by Yumiko Takeshima and created exclusively in our own workshop.
Our focus has always been on the quality and longevity of our dancewear, even when the costs to us might be higher. While we try very hard to keep our prices down, we do not believe in ignoring or sidestepping the human and environmental costs associated with clothing production. We do not cut costs by outsourcing any job or step of our production process to factories in countries where workers or the environment are disrespected. Every item we sell is created exclusively by us and is therefore held to our own aesthetic and ethical standards.
Located in Southern, Spain, our workshop is a small operation and a source of local pride. Having made significant and positive contributions to the economy of the region, it was recently awarded the Business Innovation Award from the Andalusian Provincial Government Delegation of Seville and The Employee Training Award by the Seville Chamber of Commerce.
All of our fabrics are individually selected from EU suppliers who comply with European Union norms, which are currently the highest in the world. We research our suppliers and avoid fabrics that use ink or dyes that are not produced sustainably, even when the costs to us are higher. Left over garments and waste fabrics from our workshop are recycled or donated to dance schools around the world.
We believe in a social and skilled workforce where everyone is treated with respect. As a global company we have employees based in the USA, Europe and Japan. We do not cut costs by outsourcing jobs on any level to countries that do not protect workers rights. All of our employees are paid good wages, have decent working hours and receive healthcare and pension benefits.
The craftsmen and women at our workshop are under contract that complies with European labor laws. In addition to healthcare and pension benefits they receive holiday time off, paid leave time, and a percentage of the company profits.
We have always been conscious of our footprint and actively focused on minimizing it through research and practice. However, like all brands, we do face challenges. Currently one of our greatest challenges is how the fabric industry is dealing with the waste and by-products created during the production of Nylon. We are also looking into the most efficient uses for our waste fabric snippets.