Tell me about your brand, Mia Fratino, and how it started.
Amy Jones: I’m third-generation in the knitwear manufacturing industry – my grandparents and my parents ran a manufacturing business for 45-plus years. I grew up on the factory floor and got to learn how it all worked. They sold the business in 2014, and I was approached by Tim Fitzpatrick, who was actually a competitor – his family had an operation in Sydney – and we joined forces.
My family’s company manufactured onshore, and we had what’s called whole-garment manufacturing. It’s zero-waste, so it knits out a jumper with all the seams and everything. Dad was all about that – it’s a Japanese weaving technology, it’s very sophisticated, very advanced, and most of the big knitters in Italy use them. It’s non-labour intensive, so you can manufacture in Australia, whereas the finishing process, which is how Tim’s business operated, requires a lot more staff, which is expensive. He moved his premises offshore about 12 years ago.