A friend and I, both lifelong fashion lovers and toad holders, have a vision for creating highly individualized upcycled 1/1 garments with our specific toad(s) embroidered/screen printed on them. We’re a pair of creatives and believe in creating circular economies for textiles. Hopefully in this post I can shed light on our vision as well as address some of the challenges we currently face.
The current state of development:
We’re currently in the middle of acquiring the necessary tools, and should have access to an embroidery machine within the next week. Threading will take some time, as it will likely have to be ordered online. Once we have those two things, we can begin creating actual garments.
Screen printed garments are more challenging, as they require more screens/colors/tools. We are likely not going to begin acquiring tooling for screen prints until we know just how much demand we can expect and how sustainable this practice will be.
Challenge 1 - Inventory and supply
Currently we are foraging in goodwill bins, depop, grailed, etc. for high quality blanks. This is incredibly time-intensive and therefore unscalable, but is the only way in which we can limit the amount of waste we are producing and rescue what would otherwise be waste from their fate in the landfills.
One of the benefits of sourcing inventory in this way is that we are not limited to the types of garments we can use. Denim overalls, coats, and corduroy pants are all fair game. We believe this allows for greater individuality and expression for our collectors.
A proposed solution here could be for individuals to send in their favorite garments to be embroidered onto. This creates higher turnaround times but would allow us to churn out more volume.
Challenge 2 - Design & creative control
Ideally, our designs will be ever-evolving and entirely up to our discretion. We’ll of course ask for approval before creating the garment, but it is something we’d like control over. We’d prefer to be seen as artists creating 1/1s rather than as a factory line operator.
Challenge 3 - Ordering, Pricing, & Compensation
I imagine these garments, whatever they turn out to be, will require some degree of coordination between collector and creator. We’ll need to know sizing, garment preference, and design preference to name a few.
This will likely lead to pricing being higher than what some are willing or able to pay. I would say $250-$500 would not be outside the realm of possibility.
As two currently semi-employed individuals, we’re hoping that this can be something that sustains us in return for our energy/time. We’d like to be able to donate a % of each sale to the treasury, but finding a balance between cost for the collector and compensation for our time and energy will be tricky.
Would love to hear some of your thoughts on this!
Oh and we’re calling ourselves NonFungibleTextiles