ReStyler - Sustainable Fashion
Remode Collective is an award-winning social enterprise set up to explore ways to repurpose textiles locally and build new skills while celebrating multicultural diversity.
We are based in Edinburgh and we offer a range of creative workshops, classes, community projects, and events, as well as collecting leftover and unwanted textiles to produce handmade and unique items.
We would like to start up a new service targeted at those who don’t have a personal interest in sewing but still want to have a sustainable and responsible approach towards their clothes. We understand that not everybody feels confident with needles and sewing machines! The idea is to develop a drop-in or postal Garment Styling Alteration and Mending service we will call “ReStyler”.
From this crowdfunding campaign we aim to raise £2500 to provide equipment and training.
How does it work?
People will bring us the piece of clothing that needs to be fixed and, according to their needs and style, we will prepare a proposal of how to alter/mend the piece. Once the proposal is approved, we will do the work in our studio and give it back as a newly revived piece ready for a whole new life.
What is the difference between ReStyler and a tailor shop?
ReStyler involves a styling/design process provided by a team of professionals, who don’t only specialize in mending and alteration but will also guide you through the process of redesigning your clothes, always with an eye on sustainability. We want to involve the customer to make it a personalised service that can inspire the customers to engage with textile and garment sustainability more fully.
The service will improve existing wardrobes, without the need to buy new clothes. In line with a sustainable lifestyle, this service can help customers save money and reduce the carbon footprint of their clothes.
Why support this initiative?
We all play a key role in reducing the environmental impact of textiles.
Textile production contributes more to climate change than international aviation and shipping combined. It consumes lake-sized volumes of freshwater, and creates chemical and plastic pollution. Worse still, in the UK around 300,000 tonnes of textile waste, an estimated £140 million worth, ends up in household general waste every year and is sent to landfills or incinerators.
Did you know that only less than 1% of the material used to produce clothing is recycled into new clothing at the end of its life? With Restyler we want to extend the life of clothes and allow people to use what they already have before to buy something new.
Your support will allow us to invest in specialized equipment, such as embroidery software to make our own designs and an industrial sewing machine. The rest of the fund will go towards building up the new service - e.g. webpage, design manuals, advertising, and marketing materials.
We will post more details about this project on Facebook and Instagram, so please follow us to hear more!