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Here at Residus, we take creating garments seriously. Each Residus piece is uniquely made with sustainability and individuality in mind, as the fashion trade is extremely taxing on the natural environment. The “fast fashion” industry exploits human capital, the use of low-quality materials, and a rapid production process to supply inexpensive apparel to the public. Brands now manufacture around 52 “micro-seasons” a year, meaning there is about one new “micro-collection” every week. With overproduction, the average person today purchases 400% more clothing than people did 20 years ago. The global mass-production of textiles generates over 100 billion articles of clothing per year all while using harmful chemicals, dyes, and non-renewable resources. At Residus, we design highly functional, sustainable garments that are consciously made to celebrate all body types, shapes, and ages. By producing only four collections per year, we design fashion that is able to transition seamlessly from season to season.
Most importantly, we pay the utmost attention to detail through fabric selection as we source high-quality surplus fabrics directly from factories and fashion labels. In order to minimize our carbon footprint, we maximize the life cycle of pre-existing textiles, cut out harmful manufacturing processes, and make limited edition dresses out of fabrics that would otherwise be thrown away. With limited accessibility to these surplus fabrics, we produce a portion of each collection in new textiles, however, we work only with GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) and OEKO-TEX certified fabrics to guarantee an environmentally-friendly and ethical production. As women designing for other women, our goal is to make beautiful clothes that will become long-lasting wardrobe essentials while also acknowledging the harmful impact of the fashion industry.