As a family brand, we believe in honoring our core values. Part of that includes being honest and transparent with our employees, our manufacturers, and you. Here you will find a deep dive into our factories in Sri Lanka, our production process, and our sustainability efforts. 

Aligned Values 

Our CEO and Founder Jay Balaban was introduced to Trendywear in 2002 at a sourcing show in Las Vegas and was instantly impressed. As a family run business themselves, Trendywear held many similar core values. After getting to know Trendywear’s CEO Mahika Weerakoon’s background in law, we knew she understood the importance of quality, communication and on-time delivery. 

A Lasting Bond 

We placed our first order with Trendywear in 2003, eager to begin a long lasting partnership. 20 years later, we are just as impressed as that first order. Your support for Connected Apparel has allowed us to grow Trendywear from 1 to 5 factories around Sri Lanka. Their family-owned business is fully compliant with U.S and U.K standards for health and safety and focuses on empowering the lives of its 5,000 workers in and out of the workplace. Like Connected Apparel, women make up 75% of Trendywear’s workers.

On-Site Sustainability

Water

As a Southern California based brand, we know the importance of conserving water wherever possible. In all of Trendywear’s Sri Lanka factories, they have instituted mandatory frameworks for water conservation. 

Every Trendywear facility is equipped with a water recycling plant that can be used for gardening. All sites also practice rainwater harvesting to serve purposes such as gardening, cleaning, etc. Waste water from the facilities are never released into the environment.

With preservation being a key core value in the company's sustainability efforts, all employees are briefed through company-led awareness programs. This initiative has shown positive impacts on the workforce as well as employee households.

Waste

In addition to recycling waste water, Trendywear facilities have a thorough process for separating manufacturing and general waste. Cardboard, plastic, paper and polythene are recycled and collected weekly to be sold to outside industries. Fabric waste is donated to local families for making rugs or cottage industry products. Other fabric waste is donated to ROC Ethical, an organization that up-cycles excess fabric to produce new garments. Given ROC's Ethical dedication to employing women with financial difficulty, Trendywear continues its support of female empowerment throughout Sri Lanka. 

Energy

Conserving energy is also a priority across Trendywear facilities. The central warehouse is designed for maximum sunlight access into the building, allowing for the electricity to be turned off during the day. In addition, wind powered fans are placed along the roof to ensure the reduction of energy use while maintaining proper natural ventilation. Currently, Trendywear is working to quip their facilities with solar power, marking the next step in their plan for a more sustainable future. 

Materials You Love

Trendywear sources high-quality materials directly from South Korea and works closely with reputable suppliers to ensure that the fabric meets the quality and comfort that our customers love. 

Standards You Can Trust

Factory Location: Sri Lanka

To ensure that Trendywear meets Connected Apparel standards, we visit the factories in Sri Lanka once a year to ensure the safety, health, and proper working conditions of the employees are being met. 


To guarantee that each product meets Connected Apparel’s quality and fit standards we provide Trendywear with:

  • All patterns and markers
  • Samples 
  • Technical packages with specification and sewing instructions 

Design Location: Los Angeles

All samples of our pieces are made by our in-house patternmakers in our Los Angeles HQ. Each item undergoes extensive quality and fit checks to ensure that the final sample is perfect before sending it to Trendywear for mass production.