Remnant Lab >> Discover. Divert. Delight.
Imagine layer upon layer of fabric stacked with puzzle pieces of patterns tightly interlocked on top. You cut out each pattern piece, then label them and bundle them for sewing. You are now staring at your table with the unused layers of fabric and wonder, "What should I do with this?"
One reason the pollution from the fashion industry comes in second to oil and gas is that many factories answer this question by simply throwing these fabric cut-aways directly into the garbage.
As an ethical brand, this is not an option. For years we have donated our scraps to schools and to other organizations, as well as held onto to bags full of fabric. And for years, I have imagined giving these remnants new life.
Enter : Remnant Lab.
Remnant Lab is a new collaborative and evolving project with three cornerstones:
To Discover innovative ways to breathe new life into cut-aways from our collections.
To Divert textile waste from landfills.
To Delight our customers with high quality, one- or few-of-a-kind handmade pieces that tell a story.
The Remnant Lab process is inherently generative and strengthened through collaborations. These collaborations unfold in several ways: through student internships; local artist collaborations; and sourcing remnant materials from local producers.
Each Remnant Lab product is designed to be a statement piece that enlivens your wardrobe and home. The products we have created to date include: jewelry, clutches, totes, wall hangings and pillows. In some cases, we have cut down our knit fabric remnants into strips and hand-knotted them together to create a ball of yarn. We then knit handbags and pillows with this yarn that yields one-of-a-kind pieces in an eclectic palette of colors and texture. With smaller remnants we have created both colorful and monochromatic fringe to create jewelry and embellish pillows and handbags.
> Meet our CoLABorators. (coming soon)
> Become a CoLABorator. (coming soon)
> Donate your remnants. (coming soon)