Winter Water Factory is a Brooklyn-based design and manufacturing company specializing in screen printed textiles and organic kids' clothing. Fresh, bold, and beautiful textile prints are the signature of Winter Water Factory. Printed on soft organic cotton and fashioned into classic designs, our line of kids' clothing has been a great success with retailers and consumers alike. We believe in creating high-quality products for a healthy planet. Every item is crafted from 100% organic cotton and is made in the USA—from the fabric to the final stitch.
The company is the brainchild of Stefanie Lynen and Todd Warnock. Lynen, the creative force behind the company and its compelling prints and designs, is a self-taught designer who draws inspiration from a variety of sources—from children's books to vintage wallpaper to envelope liners. She came to New York in 1999 from Germany after completing medical school. Starting out as a freelance crafter, Lynen fell in love with product design and quickly learned everything she could about it. In 2005, she rented a silk-screen studio and began exploring the possibilities of fabric design. The result has been a line of striking prints with just the right blend of bold graphics and whimsical illustrations. Todd Warnock, Lynen's husband, administers the daily operations and is in charge of sales and marketing. He is also the company's in-house photographer and graphic designer.
Oh, and about that weird name! The original “Winterwasserfabrik” was founded in the early 1980s in Eschweiler, Germany, where Stefanie and her sister bottled melted snow and sold it to their parents as “winter water.” The tradition of creating fine products from all-natural resources continues here in Brooklyn. And who knows? We might even bottle some winter water again someday!
WHY MADE IN USA?
At Winter Water Factory, we do everything that we can to manufacture our items within our community, creating jobs for the people around us. We've consolidated all of our cut-and-sew operations to a factory a few blocks from our home in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. Someday, we hope to be able to consolidate all of our contracted labor to the New York area or at least the East Coast.
American-made goods boost the national economy as well. Manufacturing items within the United States keeps jobs and the craftsmanship skills that accompany these occupations within the country. The items produced from these American factories increases the gross domestic product (GDP) of the United States, and our domestic suppliers pay taxes within the US instead of overseas. Furthermore, American workers who are employed in the manufacturing business have money to spend on consumer items, growing the national economy even more.
Buying made in USA products also promotes ethical manufacturing practices. Many outsourced factories, often known as "sweatshops," run under unethical conditions, such as paying workers below a liveable wage, promoting unsafe working conditions, and poor treatment of factory employees. Under United States laws, these conditions are prohibited in American factories, so you can be sure that items made completely in the United States were manufactured in an ethical fashion.
In addition to supporting the local and national economy, made in USA products are also good for the environment! When items are made overseas, petroleum consumption from shipping becomes exponentially larger than if these products were all manufactured locally. Buying made in USA items drastically reduces our carbon footprint since these products don't have to criss-cross oceans to get to us.
Twenty-five percent of all pesticides are used on conventionally-grown cotton, and these harmful toxins have been linked to many forms of cancer as well as pose other health and safety threats to people, wildlife, and the environment. Processing this cotton also uses even more chemicals such as chlorine bleach, heavy metal dyes, and formaldehyde resins, which have also been proven to be hazardous to humans and cause environmental damage.
Organic cotton, on the other hand, advocates safe and sustainable farming practices. Winter Water Factory's items are almost entirely made from organic cotton, which is grown free of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. To be labeled as "organic," cotton must meet strict federal regulations, such as using seed for farming that is not genetically-engineered. According to the Organic Trade Association, "Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture."
For more information, visit the Organic Trade Association website.