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#085 Rita Haselwander and Rasa Staneviciene from Garlita about flat wool knitting manufacturing

Rita and Rasa from Garlita on the Wool Academy Podcast

Garlita is a flat knitting company based in Lithuania with a vast experience in knitting wool garments. Together with their father, twin sisters Rita Haselwander and Rasa Stanevičienė have lead the company to success. The plant runs 24/7 and produces 1000 flat knitted pieces per week. In this episode Rita and Rasa explain the nature of their business and how they convince their customers to use more wool in their products.

About Garlita

Garlita is a family business and is run by a father and two daughters, each of them being involved in every aspect of the process. The venture of two generations has led local knitwear factory into the successful and innovative global business. It all began in 1970, when Lithuanian army, gymnasiums and schools were in need of knitted uniforms… Therefore, it is safe to say that the company was founded for a good reason – to dress the country. More than 40 years have passed until today when Garlita exports knitwear to France, Germany, UK, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Israel, Russia, Japan and many other countries around the globe.

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Key time stamps

[00:59] About Rita and Rasa

[02:06] About Garlita

[03:20] History of the company

[05:45] How Rita and Rasa started and developed the business

[08:11] Product development

[09:10] Wool used in 80% of the company’s garments

[09:44] Vitamine E and anti-mosquito garments

[12:05] Is wool in the military coming back?

[13:53] How are the high wool prices influencing tenders?

[14:41] Is wool in school uniforms coming back?

[16:15] Why is wool in active wear so successful?

[17:58] Garlita manufacturing

[20:01] Flat knitting vs. 3d knitting

[22:00] Lithuania as a textile manufacturing country

[24:10] Minimum orders and lead times

[25:01] The meaning of the name Garlita

 

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About the author, Elisabeth

Elisabeth is the founder and host of the Wool Academy Podcast. She also runs her own consulting business where she supports wool industry businesses with strategic communications and project management.
Elisabeth used to work as the Secretary General for the International Wool Textile Organisation where she developed her passion for wool and the wool industry. Her previous education and work experience equipped her also with a broad set of communications skills.

Elisabeth vision is to see the wool industry thrive which is why she supports wool industry businesses communicate successfully.

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