Once our fabrics have been finished at Pak Thong Chai, undergoing a final quality check, the fab-rics are sent to one of our manufacturers to become finished goods.
Currently Jim Thompson runs three factories for producing these goods. The largest is in Bangkok, followed by two smaller factories one in Bang Phu and the other in Payao, a small province close to Chiang Rai. Payoa partners Jim Thompson with local workers, similarly to the factories at Pak Thong Chai, enabling rural communities to fund themselves through working for an internationally recognised brand.
At Payao Jim Thompson employs factory workers but also allows its staff members to work from home, giving them flexibility when it comes to caring for their families and simultaneously complet-ing their domestic duties. Staff first receive high levels of training at the factory. Stitch work is hand performed and does not require the use of prohibitively expensive machinery, meaning employees can take home as many as fifty scarfs at a time to work on from the comfort of their homes. This level of flexibility creates loyal and skilled staff members, some of which have been in the company for over twenty years.