Zero Waste Design Philosophy
Our +REwork Line
Zero Waste Design permeates our reworking studio
We use a cradle to cradle approach in our sustainable design and production
Select Destined-for-landfill Garment Stock
While it's already challenging to upcycle the many variations we get in vintage clothing, it's an additional (welcome) challenge to work with lightly damaged vintage clothing that just needs a little more love. These are our go-to base fabrics for reworking and we wouldn't have it any other way.
Prioritize Designs that Maximize Fabric Usage
We strike a balance between following fashion trends and also preserving as much of the original vintage fabric as possible. It wouldn't make sense for us to make a crop tee and not use the bottom for example. So, we prioritize patterns in studio that will allow us to fully use all parts of the garment.
Incorporate Remnants into New Designs
Remnants is where the fun is at! We organize and build an extensive "library" of remnants so we can easily pull them to be integrated into "new" patterns. We're proud to say no remnant is left behind.
Perfect Samples before Producing
We sample our designs extensively to be absolutely sure it will be a hit with our brands and customers. This is the stage where we catch anything that may not resonate, and ensure it doesn't go any further. Zero waste design also means being connected to our customer's desires so we're producing the right trends.
ensure everything is sold and ultimately, worn
We partner extensively with retailers and brands to ensure our entire production is sold and worn.
We consider the past, present + future implications in everything we do.
Our Supply Chain is Smart, Simple and Transparent
What circular means to us
Circular fashion refers to clothes that are designed, produced and sold to design out waste and pollution, keep the product and the materials that constitute it in use (while maintaining their quality), and to dispose of it in a way that regenerates the natural systems. Circular fashion moves away from the traditional take-make-dispose business model.
What upcycled means to us
Upcycling turns waste into reusable material, but of better quality. It's not a new concept, although we've been hearing about it more these days. All our grandmas were upcyclers; re-using and re-purposing old items to make something new. Upcycling proves to have a better environmental impact because it minimizes waste, and even requires less energy than recycling. Plus it encourages creativity and innovation!