BAUH Designs uses deadstock fabric and in doing so benefits the world.
According to the U.S. EPA Office of Solid Waste, Americans throw away more than 68 pounds of clothing and textiles per person per year. Pretend you're picking up a full grown golden retriever.
Fox News, Credit Kennedy Sorenson
That's the amount of weight in apparel the average person throws away, shocking I know. These tossed items account for about four percent of the United States' municipal solid waste, aka garbage. If we look at this waste on a global scale, twenty percent of the world's industrial waste pollution is caused by the fashion industry and tons of toxic chemicals are used to produce new textiles each year.
So what can designers in the fashion industry do to cut down on this pollution?
That's where deadstock fabric comes in. Reviving and upcycling this type of material is a way to help reduce waste. So what exactly is deadstock fabric? It's the leftover fabric of other fashion houses who have overestimated their manufacturing demand and over-bought fabric for the season. The leftover fabric is then is made available for sale to other designers.
Crystal Anguay Reed of Anguay Reed Design sat down with Oleksandra, founder, and designer of BAUH designs, to find out how she incorporates these deadstock fabrics into her design philosophy.
"It's important for me, as a designer, to be kind to our environment and responsible with our resources. BAUH Designs buy premium deadstock fabric and upcycle it to create beautiful garments. Using deadstock fabric helps reduce waste and decrease the negative impact on our environment.
We have a few sourcing companies that we work with. We source cotton from US and cotton batiste from Italy, which we use to create our signature shirt dresses.
Using deadstock fabrics doesn't allow us to buy fabric in large quantities. That's why we have small production runs. Sometimes we have enough fabric just to make five dresses which make them unique and one of a kind."
BAUH Designs, Signature Shirt Dress. Credit Anna Hoychuk
BAUH designs Trunk Show, First Thursday Art Walk
On April 6th, from 5:30 pm-9:00 pm, we are hosting BAUH designs trunk show. Meet designer, Oleksandra, support a local Seattle and sustainable brand, and enjoy the night in Pioneer Square!
BAUH Designs, Credit Crystal Anguay Reed