This is a term used to describe surplus fabric either rejected or left over from design houses, garment factories and mills. Considering that America alone sends millions of tons of textiles to landfills each year, and that the global fashion industry is the second most polluting industry on the planet, second only to oil, our choice to use deadstock fabrics for our debut collection was an easy one.
In downtown Los Angeles, home to the LA Fashion District, there is no shortage of textiles. The amount available is truly staggering, and it’s a harsh reminder of the waste this industry produces. Our fabrics were sourced from several rag houses that wholesale surplus and vintage textiles before they are sent to landfills. Unfortunately, these materials ending up in landfills can take up to 200 years to fully biodegrade.
By using deadstock fabric we are utilizing the leftovers of a wasteful system, but there has to be change to that system too. We understand that the use of deadstock fabric is just scratching the surface of the issue, and it is nowhere near a whole solution, but we think it’s a good start. Our vision is that as our brand grows, our resources will grow, and we can begin to incorporate more sustainable and renewable fabrics into our collections, ultimately becoming a zero waste company.
We plan on using renewable fabrics in hopes to reshape a wasteful system and influence the way other designers choose their fabrics. Countless hours were spent meticulously searching through huge rooms filled to the ceiling with bolts of fabric, only to find just a hand-full of fabrics that met our expectations on quality, natural fibers, texture, and color. Because our supply of any given deadstock fabric is very limited, our production reflects this with small quantities and one-of-a-kind wares, which we think makes each piece truly special.
We consciously move forward on the path pushing towards a reformed garment industry, one that respects the planet and it’s workers.