All the pieces in our collections start their lives as donations from one of our Closet Deposit events. People are encouraged to make tax-deductible donations of anything from clothing, purses, bags and jewelry, ties, scarves and belts through to the broken, orphaned and tangled – in fact anything new, broken, inherited, re-gifted, ex-husband, vintage, or even just a-good-idea-at-the-time works for us! We also collect expired textile samples, leather off cuts, ends of fabric bolts, trimmings and abandoned dry cleaning apparel to form our raw material inventory.
A portion of the items collected are selected to be up-cycled through our designer program. Working with a selection of artists and designers, we then turn those items into a marketable capsule collection, the sale of which goes to help support the organization. We work closely with local boutiques, gala auctions and charity events to provide a platform to sell each collection, promote our up-coming designers, educate the public on the power of our emerging talent and raise awareness about textile waste. Each piece carries a message about its material origin, its re-designer and our mission.
All the other materials we collect are curated to form an inventory of raw materials which acts as Resource Library for fashion and interior design and development classes as part of our arts education program.
We collaborate with business and boutiques that speak directly to the fashion consumer and who focus on promoting ethical brands, artists and designers that are open to sustainable change, and educators who understand the need for new practices within the industry.
Do you have pieces you could donate? If you do, contact us via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org Pass on the love!
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