VIETNAM'S FIRST
ZERO-WASTE SUITLINE

we want to help move the fashion industry forward
with culturally and environmentally innovative uses of factory excess material

RE: ZERO 

A CASE FOR RECIRCULATING WASTE & UPLIFTING AN ANCIENT COMMUNITY
UPCYCLING 6 TONS OF FACTORY EXCESS THREADS TO AREAS THAT WANT AND NEED MATERIAL

Vietnam is the 5th largest producer of the world's garments and textile-related goods; Vietnam is also the 4th biggest producer of plastic packaging.  Such mass production also result in massive amount of factory excesses and waste that would end up in the incinerator or landfill. 

Four years ago, we pursued COATS, a 250 year-old British company producing in Vietnam and is the world's biggest and oldest thread company.  Every 12 months, COATS produces as much as 6 tons of factory excess.  We proposed a radical idea to donate excess threads to weaving communities of various indigenous tribes across Central Vietnam rather than sending the excesses to landfills and incinerators. 

 

GOAL #1:   
Create the appropriate ecosystem where industry leaders can seize opportunities to recirculate their factory excesses and waste 

GOAL #2:  
Redirect factory excesses to indigenous weaving communities in needs of supplies; thereby, helping such communities to reduce their production cost

GOAL #3: 
Demonstrate the useability and salability of handmade upcycled textile via the creation of a gender-neutral suitline

GOAL #4:
Create market awareness & provide designers with a culturally sustainable and innovative solution for environmentally responsible manufacturing

 RECIRCULATING WASTE & UPLIFTING AN ANCIENT COMMUNITY

THE ARTISAN CENTER

We work with industry's biggest players like COATS to collect and ship factory excesses to areas of need in hard-to-reach indigenous communities

We coordinate with government officials and tribe leaders to identify communities with the balance of talent and willingness to preserve their  unique weaving methods with COATS excess threads 

COATS FACTORIES IN VIETNAM

Manufacturing creates at least 10% excesses and waste in the tons

12 WEAVING TRIBES

Our product development team work with each weaving tribe to provide design training as well as basic entrepreneurial skills so that tribes learn how to market and sell their new style fabrics

GLOBAL MARKETS

Global brands that manufacture in Vietnam buy 100+ millions of  dollars worth of threads and trimmings

We then help to create awareness and new markets for these ancient weaving communities

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Dynastic Tailoring Method
 
H'Mong Textile
Wood Carving Jewelry
Dzeng Tribal Weave
Ribbon Embroidery
Hand-Painting on Linen
We make it possible for brands & designers to access sustainable production that include craft and traditional makers who understand modern trends

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FASHION4FREEDOM,

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