OUR PARTNER: LUCIO CASTRO
Accompany Us To Vietnam:
The Accompany team traveled to Hoi An, Vietnam to meet with Thuy – Lucio Castro’s local production manager – who is responsible for assembling most of the label’s jackets and shirts. Thuy, whose family has been living in Hoi An since escaping Hanoi during the Vietnam war, had been working in a large sewing shop when she decided to take a risk and start her own shop – hiring local seamstresses to make custom clothing for tourists. Working to build her business through word of mouth, Thuy took her team from 10 seamstress to 60, attracting talented artisans by providing fair wages, good work environments and bonuses based on the quantity and quality of their work. Our team visited Thuy at her family home, where her son showed us a traditional dragon dance and workers sew in a family atmosphere. We were happy to speak with Fu, currently employed as Lucio Castro’s main tailor, who chooses to work from Thuy’s home because Thuy’s mother-in-law watches his son while he works. A talented craftsman, Fu left a job at a large factory, where he was paid poor wages and unable to advance his skills. After visiting her home, Thuy invited our team to a huge lunch party with her family and friends to honor the anniversary of her father’s death, where we had the opportunity to speak with her aunt who experienced the atrocities of the Vietnam war and her brother who performed the traditional ritual of burning offerings to their father. Thuy so easily welcomed us to join her in this intimate family moment, and we couldn’t help but notice many people from her shop at the lunch, it was plain to see that Lucio Castro’s network of craftsmen is more than just a group of workers, it is a family.