Chunkabuns™ founder Angie, and COO, Chelsie, both hold a strong belief in ethical business practices as consumers and business owners. A commitment to conscientiousness became one of pillars of Chunkabuns, LLC as the company was built from the ground up.
Production and Manufacturing
We are proud to offer products manufactured in the USA of imported products.
Quick history lesson- Nearly all of American apparel manufacturing went overseas in the 1980s. What companies are left in the US are largely small, family owned, working on old equipment and tend to be pretty low tech (making them difficult to find with standard Google searches).
After several weeks of research, emails and phone calls, we were able to track down a few apparel manufacturers in the US who had the ability to produce our pants. We were thrilled to find Clothier Design Source, based out of South St. Paul, MN, where we were able to not only have our product design completed and manufactured, we were able to take classes to learn more about running a successful apparel line. CDS shares similar views to ours, and takes action within their own company policy to treat employees fairly. Our pants are sewn by individuals paid a fair wage and sit together in a 'pod' to encourage communication and camaraderie. This setup has been shown to increase productivity and shorten manufacturing times.
Our ChunkaSox are designed by us and manufactured in the US by a small, family-owned manufacturing company committed to producing high quality socks and knit athletic accessories. Also committed to keeping manufacturing in the USA.
All screen printing is sourced out to Silly Toast Designs, right here in our home community- The Fox Valley, Wisconsin. We could gush over Silly Toast, their amazing work, warm welcomes, and commitment to uncompromised quality all day, but suffice it to say, we adore them.
Our Posh tops and dresses are designed and sewn by The Patchery in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, with fun fabricprints that coordinate with and combine our organic Posh Pants fabrics into adorable, handsewn must-haves.
Halfway through development of our pants, we started to brainstorm over having custom elastic and were glad to come across W&W Labels, Tags & Heat Transfers out of Illinois. They were able to produce exactly what we wanted (and needed), for a great price, and, again, within the United States.
Of course we couldn't help but open a wholesale account with LuSa Organics, based right here in Wisconsin. Their natural, handmade, health and beauty products are ones we use(d) with ourselves and our own babies, and we want to make sure everyone knows about them!
Employees and Contractors
Our company's foundation relies on dedicated employees and reliable contractors. As they say, "There's no I in team". We don't just hire, we bring people into our little family of hard workers.
Our product and lifestyle photography is largely handled by Rachel Dowling of Elegant Exposure Photography, who has done an amazing job of bringing Chunkabuns™ to life with her endless creativity.
We owe a special thank you to Stephanie Sanchez for the use of her wonderful photographs taken of Angie's two little ones. She does some seriously beautiful work!
All of our sweet graphic tees and our logo is the product of the amazing artistic talent (and always-fast turn around time) of Rachelle Hansen of iDesign Fox Valley. Further promotional graphic design is contributed to Michael Hawkins of Promo Doctors out of Irving, Texas. And both are pretty awesome at taking our visions and turning them into practical works of art.
Our employee base is small, and comprised largely of mothers juggling children and work. Our focus is on family and understanding the varying needs of parents. So much so that one of our company policies guarantees that no employee need choose between work and caring for their child in the event of sickness or childcare issues. We allow for flexible scheduling, designed around the school day, and with wiggle room for family needs, such as doctor appointments. As mothers ourselves, Angie and I understand the very real struggle of balancing professional and home life. And while no one wants either to suffer, we know choices need to be made, and our tiny humans are always a priority.
We believe in a living wage, ensuring our employees are hired at the minimum livable wage for our region, which translates to less stress in the work environment, higher productivity, morale and company loyalty.
As we continue to grow our business, we've committed to a specific set of ethical business standards within our own work environment, and look to see those same (or similar) principles in the companies we do business with.