Naked® Sports Innovations is a privately-held company headquartered on beautiful Vashon Island, Washington. Two brothers, Lindsay and Rick, founded the business based on strongly held values, including family first, a passion for sports, social and environmental responsibility, and entrepreneurship. Reconciling all of these is not easy, of course, especially with a fast growing business, but we have an approach that we believe will help us achieve our goals.
Our studio (aka "World Headquarters!") is located near Seattle and all design, final assembly and shipping are done here. We also develop all new products here (stay tuned...). One of our goals is to continue to create jobs close to home. And so far so good!
With growing sales in a long list of countries around the world and ferocious competition in the sports accessories and apparel market, we decided that we could only meet demand by contracting with a manufacturer who could deliver high-volume, high-quality products at a price that made our business viable. And a partner with values that aligned with our own. We combed the globe in this search and landed on APS Production Services based in Los Angeles with facilities in Latin America. An enterprise also founded as a Scandinavian family business (just like us!), APS is the perfect fit.
APS works with some of the world's leading brands that, like us, have high expectations about social responsibility - particularly related to working conditions and labor practices. To ensure effective management and stakeholder transparency, our sewing facility in El Salvador is certified by Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), an independent, objective, non-profit team of global social compliance experts dedicated to promoting safe, lawful, humane, and ethical manufacturing around the world through certification and education. This is backed by on-site training and independent auditing. For more information: http://www.wrapcompliance.org/
Moreover, major APS clients also require unannounced audits under the rigorous Fair Labor Association (FLA) certification standard as well. FLA is a collaborative effort of socially responsible companies, colleges and universities, and civil society organizations, and creates lasting solutions to abusive labor practices by offering tools and resources to companies, delivering training to factory workers and management, conducting due diligence through independent assessments, and advocating for greater accountability and transparency from companies, manufacturers, factories and others involved in global supply chains. For more information: http://www.fairlabor.org/
At Naked®, we are committed to ensuring that our products are produced with the highest standards for quality and practices in every aspect, including how our employees and those of our suppliers are treated and we will provide regular updates on our performance on this page. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us.