For the past 7 years, Redress Raleigh has worked with over 60 independent fashion designers to showcase wearable, high-quality, stylish ecofashion. We have learned that many of you would like the opportunity to buy sustainable fashion but you can't easily find that type of apparel
The fashion industry is the 2nd biggest polluter in the world, behind Big Oil, and the designers we work with want to make a difference in the industry and lead the way for positive change. Though talented and driven, many of them could benefit from more technical skills and production knowledge. We also think people would like more options for sustainable apparel.
We are ready to take our work to the next level. We will be launching an incubator program and a makerspace for sustainable fashion. As part of the program, we will collaborate with local educators and students. Students will work with designers to create samples and tech packs for garments featured on the Redress runway, enabling students to learn more about the business of a fashion designer and the designers to increase the technical skills and deliverables needed to work with a manufacturer.
Providing a physical space for resources, events, and collaboration is an essential part of this incubator program. Our presence in the community will continue to raise awareness of issues in the textiles industry and strengthen the burgeoning sustainable fashion scene in the Southeast. We are currently raising funds for this program to purchase equipment and pay for a physical space. We hope we will be able to start this new program in the Summer of 2017.
For the Local Community, the incubator will:
Increase production of high-quality and innovative clothing you can purchase with a clean conscience after designers complete the program.
Provide the opportunity to purchase apparel that supports a community of creatives - being included as a major part of a growing local sustainable fashion scene.
Grow a support network and access to information for advocates of sustainable living through engaging with the community.
Create more substantial economic development possibilities in the local fashion and textiles sector due to growing talent and resource base.
For the Designers, the incubator will:
Raise the potential of success for sustainable fashion designers who participate in the program, particularly through sharing risks and costs associated with product development.
Increase their customer base as designers gain technical skills, access to supplies, and more visibility in the community.
Move customers beyond awareness and toward collective action in making more responsible apparel purchases through community engagement.
Build a supportive community helping them celebrate their success and encouraging their progress.