Major Isle of Wight investment from Rapanui

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Major Isle of Wight investment from Rapanui

Rob and Mart Drake-Knight, founders of Isle of Wight eco fashion brand Rapanui.

ECO-fashion brand Rapanui is set to open a new £100,000 production facility on the Isle of Wight.

The award-winning company, which produces many of its garments in India, plans to open a new screen printing facility on the Island in March.

The location has yet to be finalised, but Rapanui confirmed the expansion would mean more Island jobs.

Co-founder Rob Drake-Knight said: "This is a really exciting development for Rapanui. We’ll be opening a brand new eco screen printing factory, moving some of our production and the work we carry out for custom clothing clients like Red Bull, Lush and Bestival, to the Isle of Wight.

"We’re passionate about investing in the Island and this move is going to mean more new jobs, especially for young Islanders."

He added: "Our raw material, cotton, will still be sourced in India but we plan to cut and make here and do as much printing, embroidery and finishing of the garments the UK.

"This will improve availability of product from 80 per cent currently to nearer 100 per cent."

He said the company hoped to expand from 10 staff to 22 in the next three years, with at least half of the new jobs will be in production.

The news was welcomed by Reshore UK, a new service backed by UK Trade and Industry and the Manufacturing Advisory Service, which described the Island firm as a shining example of a manufacturer bringing back production and creating new jobs in the UK.

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