Thomas Huriez, 1083 / Video interview

 

1083 is the distance in kilometres that separates the two most distant cities in France: Menton in the South-East and Porspoder, a small village north of Brest. Our concept is to manufacture jeans within 1083 km of our customers. We started 5 years ago and have since created about 50 jobs with orders from our customers.

What we wanted to do in 2018 was to extend our offer to tailor-made services, which was the subject of some research work with R3iLab and NETEC, the company that enabled us to develop all the IT tools.

At 1083, we are very committed to two principles about the Made in France. One is transparency because it builds trust with our customers and without it, there is no way they will accept to help us in this relocation process. Sometimes there is a small extra cost or a delivery time, and without this bond of trust we can’t move forward in a sustainable way.

The second aspect is our vision of the Made in France to the maximum. Most brands are made in France to the minimum, i.e. just enough to have the Made in France tag or label. We really want to do it as thoroughly as possible so that as much money as possible spent by the consumer goes to the local economy. When you buy a pair of 1083 jeans for 89 euros, 87 euros go to the local economy. For an ordinary pair of jeans you pay the VAT and the retailer in France. For a 1083 pair of jeans you pay the VAT and the retailer in France, but also the brand, the clothing workshop, the weaving, the dyeing and even the spinning in France. There are only 2 euros that do not irrigate the local economy for the moment: it is the organic cotton that we import and the rivet buttons that we have not yet managed to relocate but that we hope to be able to manufacture again in France in 2018.