1990-2000

Mariusz and Anna Kurczewski, still students at the Lodz University od Technology, opened a knitting shop. Initially, they operated out of their children’s room and later moved to a garage on Grunwaldzka Street in Lodz. On the fence, they hung a board with a proud inscription: “MACHINE KNITTING”.

They handled the production themselves using manual machines. After a few months, electric machines and the first employees appeared.

In the following years, they changed the location several times due to the constantly increasing demand for space for the constantly growing plant.To meet the enormous demand of the 1990s, the company continually bought new machines and increased the number of employees. „…We buy machines from bankrupt cooperatives and production plants left over from the previous system. We hire professionals from those factories, learn knitting and business…” – they jointly recall the beginnings.

1990-2000

Mariusz and Anna Kurczewski, still students at the Lodz University od Technology, opened a knitting shop. Initially, they operated out of their children’s room and later moved to a garage on Grunwaldzka Street in Lodz. On the fence, they hung a board with a proud inscription: “MACHINE KNITTING”.

They handled the production themselves using manual machines. After a few months, electric machines and the first employees appeared.

In the following years, they changed the location several times due to the constantly increasing demand for space for the constantly growing plant.To meet the enormous demand of the 1990s, the company continually bought new machines and increased the number of employees. „…We buy machines from bankrupt cooperatives and production plants left over from the previous system. We hire professionals from those factories, learn knitting and business…” – they jointly recall the beginnings.

2001-2010

The turn of the century found them flourishing. Several dozen people were working, producing knitwear products for local, national, and European clothing brands. To meet the growing expectations of their customers, they completely replaced their old machines with newer, computer-controlled ones. „…Previously, we used to program the machines with punched cards, cut out by hand, which is mid-20th century technology…”

Successfully growing the company for 15 consecutive years, they had no idea that hard times might come, but they did. At the end of the first decade of the 21st century, the majority of large customers moved production to the Far East. Those who remained were often in poor financial condition and in trouble.

They responded to the decrease in orders by establishing their own clothing brand, FAR FAR. They built a new brand in the minds of their customers from scratch and within three years, gained customers all over Poland. They compensated for the lower demand for knitting from external customers by producing for their own brand.

2001-2010

The turn of the century found them flourishing. Several dozen people were working, producing knitwear products for local, national, and European clothing brands. To meet the growing expectations of their customers, they completely replaced their old machines with newer, computer-controlled ones. „…Previously, we used to program the machines with punched cards, cut out by hand, which is mid-20th century technology…”

Successfully growing the company for 15 consecutive years, they had no idea that hard times might come, but they did. At the end of the first decade of the 21st century, the majority of large customers moved production to the Far East. Those who remained were often in poor financial condition and in trouble.

They responded to the decrease in orders by establishing their own clothing brand, FAR FAR. They built a new brand in the minds of their customers from scratch and within three years, gained customers all over Poland. They compensated for the lower demand for knitting from external customers by producing for their own brand.

2011-2020

The second decade of the 21st century saw the continued development of the company’s own clothing brand and stable knitwear production. In the second half of the decade, a small (but still noticeable) return to domestic production occurred. Many brands wanted to have at least part of their collections labeled “Made In Poland.” It seemed that the situation was stabilizing. It only seemed so because the beginning of 2020 brought new challenges.

COVID 19 pandemic, production stoppage, high uncertainty. “…We use the temporary halt in knitting production to invest in the production of specialist protective clothing for medical services. We learn new things, get certificates. Of course we also sew the famous “cotton masks”, but we concentrate on protective clothing. By the end of the year we will have supplied medical units with over 200,000 pieces of specialist clothing…”

2011-2020

The second decade of the 21st century saw the continued development of the company’s own clothing brand and stable knitwear production. In the second half of the decade, a small (but still noticeable) return to domestic production occurred. Many brands wanted to have at least part of their collections labeled “Made In Poland.” It seemed that the situation was stabilizing. It only seemed so because the beginning of 2020 brought new challenges.

COVID 19 pandemic, production stoppage, high uncertainty. “…We use the temporary halt in knitting production to invest in the production of specialist protective clothing for medical services. We learn new things, get certificates. Of course we also sew the famous “cotton masks”, but we concentrate on protective clothing. By the end of the year we will have supplied medical units with over 200,000 pieces of specialist clothing…”

2021-2023

 

Since 2021, the company has heavily invested in developing sales skills and expanding into new markets. Favorable trends for the growth of local production were noticeable, enabling the company to begin implementing a plan for significant expansion and increased production in the coming years. They doubled their existing production space.

2021-2023

 

Since 2021, the company has heavily invested in developing sales skills and expanding into new markets. Favorable trends for the growth of local production were noticeable, enabling the company to begin implementing a plan for significant expansion and increased production in the coming years. They doubled their existing production space.

2024-∞

In 2024, they enhanced their machinery with state-of-the-art, first-in-Poland machines:

– SHIMA SEIKI MACH 2S Nu 16 for seamless products using Wholegarment technology
– SHIMA SEIKI SSR Nu 14 for fully fashioned products
– Electrolux laundry powered by an eco-friendly water biofilter.

2024-∞

In 2024, they enhanced their machinery with state-of-the-art, first-in-Poland machines:

– SHIMA SEIKI MACH 2S Nu 16 for seamless products using Wholegarment technology
– SHIMA SEIKI SSR Nu 14 for fully fashioned products
– Electrolux laundry powered by an eco-friendly water biofilter.

LET US INTRODUCE OURSELVES

For more than three decades, we have been creating knitwear products for premium Polish clothing brands. We are a family business with a team of more than 30 people. It is impossible to show and tell you about everyone. However, if you have a moment to pause let us introduce you to our team. Because contrary to the general accepted norms, about us it is not the modern machinery but the selected crew ; the people. Our PIWI TEAM:

LET US INTRODUCE OURSELVES

For more than three decades, we have been creating knitwear products for premium Polish clothing brands. We are a family business with a team of more than 30 people. It is impossible to show and tell you about everyone. However, if you have a moment to pause let us introduce you to our team. Because contrary to the general accepted norms, about us it is not the modern machinery but the selected crew ; the people. Our PIWI TEAM:

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Anna Kurczewska

Mariusz-Kurczewski

Mariusz Kurczewski

Radek “Gutek” Kurczewski

The core and pillar of our company. Without their idea and commitment there would be no PIWI FEMMA, there would be no us – here and now. He, a cycling and long-distance enthusiast. Passionate, specific, foresighted and principled. She – brave and committed. Full of determination. At the same time warm and sensitive.

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…” – In Gutek, you’ll see virtually all the traits of his parents, but you’ll also see how, despite everything, he’s very different from them. He’s a brave visionary. A former windsurfing champion of the world, he is goal-oriented. Water is his second passion, after knitting.

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Anna Kurczewska

Mariusz-Kurczewski

Mariusz Kurczewski

The core and pillar of our company. Without their idea and commitment there would be no PIWI FEMMA, there would be no us – here and now. He, a cycling and long-distance enthusiast. Passionate, specific, foresighted and principled. She – brave and committed. Full of determination. At the same time warm and sensitive.

Radek-Kurczewski

Radek “Gutek” Kurczewski

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…” – In Gutek, you’ll see virtually all the traits of his parents, but you’ll also see how, despite everything, he’s very different from them. He’s a brave visionary. A former windsurfing champion of the world, he is goal-oriented. Water is his second passion, after knitting.

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Małgorzata Wieczorek

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Oskar Ciesielski

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Magda Kudła

AgataKlekowska

Agata Klekowska

Director of Operations – our office manager who consolidates communication within the company. Everyone who has resistance to Excel and tables can contact her and Gosia will write all necessary formulas in 15 minutes. Thanks to Gosia we all know how old we are, because it is her who remembers every co-worker’s birthday.

Sales Representatives – Our “Fellowship of the Ring” – it is because of their commitment that our offer reaches you – our Customers. It is thanks to their skills, understanding the vision of our clients, transferring it into the content for the technologist, that your designs are created.

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Małgorzata Wieczorek

Director of Operations – our office manager who consolidates communication within the company. Everyone who has resistance to Excel and tables can contact her and Gosia will write all necessary formulas in 15 minutes. Thanks to Gosia we all know how old we are, because it is her who remembers every co-worker’s birthday.

MagdaKudła

Magda Kudła

AgataKlekowska

Agata Klekowska

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Oskar Ciesielski

Sales Representatives – Our “Fellowship of the Ring” – it is because of their commitment that our offer reaches you – our Customers. It is thanks to their skills, understanding the vision of our clients, transferring it into the content for the technologist, that your designs are created.

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Grazyna-Przybyl

Łukasz Szczesek

Our knitting workshop manager. A former fan of fast motorcycle rides, he now channels his passion for speed into the swift execution of production orders.

Grażyna Przybył vel GRAŻKA

Sewing Room Technologist. Nearly 20 years with us. We are like “The Old Good Marriage” – warm, welcoming, very accurate. All she needs is a short story about the product and she will create a whole harmony of patterns and designs.

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Łukasz Szczesek

Our knitting workshop manager. A former fan of fast motorcycle rides, he now channels his passion for speed into the swift execution of production orders.

Grazyna-Przybyl

Grażyna Przybył vel GRAŻKA

Sewing Room Technologist. Nearly 20 years with us. We are like “The Old Good Marriage” – warm, welcoming, very accurate. All she needs is a short story about the product and she will create a whole harmony of patterns and designs.

Ania-Wodzinska

Anna Wodzińska

Asia-Janus

Joanna Janus

Marek-Lapinski

Marek Łapiński

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Darek Adryan

Our Programmers. Girls are our “eyes in the head” without their design skills and ability to translate the idea into knitting pattern, such beautiful products would not be created.

An unusual duo. Marek – Head of Logistics Department. Without his approval nothing is ever able to leave the walls of our company. Darek – our “golden handyman” – the guy for special tasks. He takes care of the impossible things right away.

Ania-Wodzinska

Anna Wodzińska

Asia-Janus

Joanna Janus

Our Programmers. Girls are our “eyes in the head” without their design skills and ability to translate the idea into knitting pattern, such beautiful products would not be created.

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Darek Adryan

Marek-Lapinski

Marek Łapiński

An unusual duo. Marek – Head of Logistics Department. Without his approval nothing is ever able to leave the walls of our company. Darek – our “golden handyman” – the guy for special tasks. He takes care of the impossible things right away.