Ibex opened the 2,500 square-foot office space to better manage the company's raw materials flowing in and out of each Northern California factory. Ibex currently works with factories located in Emeryville, Oakland, and San Leandro in northern California as well as one factory in Los Angeles.
"We felt it necessary to open an office on the West Coast to support our U.S. production, which is approximately 75-percent of our garment supply," said John Fernsell, founder and CEO of Ibex. "We have grown to the point where it became essential to have a West Coast operation. It also enables us to be a better partner with our cut and sew facilities."
Ibex West has two full-time employees Whitney Zinni (Technical Product Manager) and Jay Mack (Production Manager), both of whom are responsible for managing the multiple facets of the day-to-day production in Ibex's domestic Bay Area factories. Zinni and Mack report to Chris Leyes, global production manager for Ibex.
"Ibex's new West Coast office allows us to have increased visibility and management of our raw materials, particularly zippers and trims," Leyes explains. "As we work towards establishing production with additional factories in the Bay Area, it is crucial for the company to have full-time Ibex people based there to help with this process."
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Ibex is a designer of year-round merino wool and organic cotton outdoor clothing and cycling apparel, founded in the belief of the superior natural performance and properties of wool. Ibex couples the natural renewable resource with technical innovation and inspired design to create apparel for a diverse range of outdoor and active pursuits and passions. Men's and Women's items are divided into Ride, Base, Zing, Peak and Live categories, and are made from the best merino wool fabrics sustainably sourced from New Zealand. All Ibex clothing and accessories are available for purchase online, in catalog and through outdoor specialty stores. For more information, visit www.ibex.com.