What qualifies someone as an ‘eco’ or ‘responsible’ designer/brand?
We at Redress consider someone to be a ‘responsible’ designer if they are consciously creating their products with an understanding that everything they do has an impact - from the materials they use to the people who make them. We also recognize resale and vintage as a type of responsible purchasing as these are goods that do not add to the waste or pollution stream since they have already been created. We focus on designers who use materials (especially, but not limited to, textiles) in innovative ways that show ecochic is a part of everyday life.
Below is a list of categories that we consider to be ‘responsibly-made’:
- Made in USA
- Vintage or resale
- Natural dyes
- Fair trade
- Organic or eco-friendly fabrics
- Little to no-waste patternmaking
What does Redress do?
Redress is a 501c3 non-profit. We are an inclusive community of fashion lovers that nurtures independent designers and educates people about the impact of their purchasing decisions. We do this through:
- having an active and welcoming community that serves as a network of resources and support
- continuously participating in the dialogue on fashion, ecochic, textiles, and creative entrepreneurs - both in person and online
- marketing great ecochic products through our social media network and e-newsletter list
- empowering people to make more responsible purchasing choices through events that expose them to the idea of being a conscious customer
Does Redress manufacture or produce their own designs?
No. Redress focuses on event planning, marketing, and an active community of sustainable fashion advocates. We work with many people who do manufacture or produce their own designs but we do not manufacture or produce anything ourselves. We can suggest companies who provide access and information on suppliers and manufacturers but that is not something Redress does in-house.
Can Redress introduce me to certain industry leaders or direct me toward sourcing / manufacturing resources?
Yes, Redress has extensive connections to industry leaders in fashion and textiles. We are continuously growing our network to find more resources, particularly for designers. If you have a specific question / request please email firstname.lastname@example.org with as many details as possible and we will see what we can do!