SUSTAINABILITY

Slow Fashion

We’ve all heard about “fast fashion” but what is it? Fast fashion
is any garment that is quickly and cheaply reproduced with low-quality materials to meet consumer demand. Eighty-five percent
of textiles go into landfills each year, so how can we help? By creating our garments by hand using high-quality natural fibers in small batches, we are creating products that last therefore staying out of landfills for as long as possible. When people purchase from us it is meant to last and passed down or returned here to the studio for repair or trade in to be resold as a used item or if completely exhausted, up-cycled yet again. Many of our one of a kind garments are investment pieces to be worn for decades, and made of sturdy construction.

We’ve all heard about “fast fashion” but what is it? Fast fashion is any garment that is quickly and cheaply reproduced with low-quality materials to meet consumer demand. Eighty-five percent
of textiles go into landfills each year, so how can we help? By creating our garments by hand using high-quality natural fibers in small batches, we are creating products that last therefore staying out of landfills for as long as possible. When people purchase from us it is meant to last and passed down or returned here to the studio for repair or trade in to be resold as a used item or if completely exhausted, up-cycled yet again. Many of our one of a kind garments are investment pieces to be worn for decades, and made of sturdy construction.

We’ve all heard about “fast fashion” but
what is it? Fast fashion is any garment that
is quickly and cheaply reproduced with low-quality materials to meet consumer demand. Eighty-five percent of textiles go into
landfills each year, so how can we help?
By creating our garments by hand using high-quality natural fibers in small batches, we
are creating products that last therefore staying out of landfills for as long as possible. When people purchase from us it is meant
to last and passed down or returned here
to the studio for repair or trade in to be resold as a used item or if completely exhausted, up-cycled yet again. Many of
our one of a kind garments are investment pieces to be worn for decades, and made
of sturdy construction.

We’ve all heard about “fast fashion” but what is it? Fast fashion is any garment that is quickly and cheaply reproduced with low-quality materials to meet consumer demand. Eighty-five percent of textiles go into landfills each year, so how can we help? By creating our garments by hand using high-quality natural fibers in small batches, we are creating products that last therefore staying out of landfills for as long as possible. When people purchase from us it is meant to last and passed down or returned here to the studio
for repair or trade in to be resold as a used item or if completely exhausted, up-cycled yet again. Many of our one of a kind garments are investment pieces to be worn for decades, and made of sturdy construction.

Locally Sourced Yarn

We source the majority of our yarn from Huntingdon Yarn Mills which produces Made in America Yarns, one of the last standing local mills in Philadelphia. Our studio is lucky enough to be a mere 3 miles from the mill, enabling us to keep our carbon footprint low. All of their yarns are produced in the United States, and they are a family-owned and operated business. We purchase both deadstock and new yarns in natural materials with the consideration of the end of life process of each garment being able to decompose.    

We source the majority of our yarn from Huntingdon Yarn Mills which produces Made
in America Yarns, one of the last standing local mills in Philadelphia. Our studio is lucky enough to be a mere 3 miles from the mill, enabling us to keep our carbon footprint low. All of their yarns are produced in the United States, and they are a family-owned and operated business. We purchase both deadstock and new yarns in natural materials with the consideration of the end of life process of
each garment being able to decompose.    

Using Deadstock

Deadstock generally refers to any of the materials that are leftover after a product is produced. Many times, these are cones of
yarn which are not the right weight, or are simply left over from
the dye process. When custom colors are made for dye, the manufacturer is oftentimes left with some excess which they try
to recoup the cost of. A minimum amount for a custom order will linger and must be marketed to and connected with a customer who needs such a limited amount, or instead of marketing and spending precious space to store it, it gets thrown away if there isn’t a small designer to experiment with the limited quantities.
At our studio, we use mostly deadstock and then upcycle our scraps as seen in the picture and create our scrap yarn which we then re-introduce into our woven and knitted home and wearable collection. We believe that any material can be usable again, therefore we upcycle our scraps into an original yarn and then
into new products, and/or pieces of art. We test everything for durability and strength and often pair our scrap with a
continuous length yarn fresh off of a cone for a very solid,
strong and long lasting final product.  

Deadstock generally refers to any of the materials that are leftover after a product is produced. Many times, these are cones of
yarn which are not the right weight, or are simply left over from
the dye process. When custom colors are made for dye, the manufacturer is oftentimes left with some excess which they try
to recoup the cost of. A minimum amount for a custom order will linger and must be marketed to and connected with a customer who needs such a limited amount, or instead of marketing and spending precious space to store it, it gets thrown away if there isn’t a small designer to experiment with the limited quantities.
At our studio, we use mostly deadstock and then upcycle our scraps as seen in the picture and create our scrap yarn which we then re-introduce into our woven and knitted home and wearable collection. We believe that any material can be usable again, therefore we upcycle our scraps into an original yarn and then
intonew products, and/or pieces of art. We test everything for durability and strength and often pair our scrap with a
continuous length yarn fresh off of a cone for a very solid,
strong and long lasting final product.  

Deadstock generally refers to any of the materials that are leftover after a product is produced. Many times, these are cones of
yarn which are not the right weight, or are simply left over from the dye process. When custom colors are made for dye, the manufacturer is oftentimes left with some excess which they try to recoup the cost of.
A minimum amount for a custom order will linger and must be marketed to and connected with a customer who needs such a limited amount, or instead of marketing
and spending precious space to store it, it gets thrown away if there isn’t a small designer to experiment with the limited quantities. At our studio, we use mostly deadstock and then upcycle our scraps as seen in the picture and create our scrap
yarn which we then re-introduce into our woven and knitted home and wearable collection. We believe that any material
can be usable again, therefore we upcycle
our scraps into an original yarn and then
intonew products, and/or pieces of art.
We test everything for durability and strength and often pair our scrap with a continuous length yarn fresh off of a cone for a very solid, strong and long lasting final product.  

Deadstock generally refers to any of the materials that are leftover after a product is produced. Many times, these are cones of
yarn which are not the right weight, or are simply left over from the dye process.
When custom colors are made for dye, the manufacturer is oftentimes left with some excess which they try to recoup the cost of. A minimum amount for a custom order will linger and must be marketed to and connected with a customer who needs such a limited amount, or instead of marketing and spending precious space to store it, it gets thrown away if there isn’t a small designer to experiment with the limited quantities. At our studio, we use mostly deadstock and then upcycle our scraps as seen in the picture and create our scrap yarn which we then re-introduce into our woven and knitted home and wearable collection. We believe that any material can be usable again, therefore we upcycle our scraps into an
original yarn and then into new products, and/or pieces of art. We test everything for durability and strength and often pair our s
crap with a continuous length yarn fresh off
of a cone for a very solid, strong and long lasting final product.  

Ethical Practices

We believe in providing excellent working conditions and fair living wages to our employees. We are spending our precious time in the spaces we work and we believe it should be a positive, healthful and safe experience. Additionally, we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital or parental status. 

We believe in providing excellent working conditions and fair living wages to our employees. We are spending our precious
time in the spaces we work and we believe
it should be a positive, healthful and safe experience. Additionally, we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital or parental status. 

Repurposing Waste

We are a zero-waste studio - we even compost our food scraps. We see sustainability as the big picture of how we live and interact. We are in the process of getting certified by Philadelphia as a Zero-Waste Business. We act as a drop off point for donating end of life t-shirts, denim, sheets, socks, and undergarments, and we ask questions about other textile waste, empowering everyone to be part of the solution. We can create something that goes right back to the customer who donated it, or it is made and offered up and shown in our home and wearable collection. Together, we can make powerful choices and assist in transforming our environment. We receive textile waste from other artists and designers and problem solve how to transform it in a streamlined process, which is an engaging problem solving activity that keeps our brains active around the best ways to efficiently up-cycle textile waste, that which we all are part of producing on some level.

We are a zero-waste studio - we even compost our food scraps. We see sustainability as the big picture of how we live and interact. We are in the process of getting certified by Philadelphia as a Zero-Waste Business.
We act as a drop off point for donating end
of life t-shirts, denim, sheets, socks, and undergarments, and we ask questions about other textile waste, empowering everyone to
be part of the solution. We can create something that goes right back to the
customer who donated it, or it is made
and offered up and shown in our home and wearable collection. Together, we can make powerful choices and assist in transforming
our environment. We receive textile waste
from other artists and designers and problem solve how to transform it in a streamlined process, which is an engaging problem solving activity that keeps our brains active around
the best ways to efficiently up-cycle textile waste, that which we all are part of producing on some level.

Our Mission

Striving to create a Zero-Waste workplace and inspiring our followers to create as close to
zero-waste at home is our mission. Offering ideas in sustainability is a fun way to engage our
ever-growing consumer society. Through experiential classes, craft projects, art pieces for the
home, and our signature products, we can expand the space of how we all work together as
communities to provide deep and long lasting learning to create positive changes in our
environment, and in turn our personal health, and quality of life. 

Striving to create a Zero-Waste workplace and inspiring our followers to create as
close to zero-waste at home is our mission. Offering ideas in sustainability is a fun
way to engage our ever-growing consumer society. Through experiential classes, craft projects, art pieces for the home, and our signature products, we can expand the
space of how we all work together as communities to provide deep and long
lasting learning to create positive changes
in our environment, and in turn our personal health, and quality of life.