Expensive designer clothing items that are released each season are only available in retail stores for approximately three months. Once the fashion season is finished, the unsold clothing items, are returned to the designers. At best, these items are stored for years in warehouses. At worst, the clothing items become general waste. Last year alone, there was over 87 000 tonnes of textile waste that became landfill in Australia.
One new social enterprise, Thread People, is re-cycling these previously unavailable fashion accessories and clothing items back into the market to reduce the wastage in the designer fashion industry and helping out the community at the same time.
Thread People is an Australian online fashion store that offers hand selected excess stock and sample pieces of top fashion and street wear designers to its members. Members have exclusive access to weekly event sales where clothing items are at prices of up to 75% off the original market price. The Australian and International brands that are available through Thread People are of the highest caliber and include both men’s and women’s clothing lines and men’s and women’s shoes.
Thread People members are also provided with fashion news, information on up and coming designers, artist appreciation forums, rewards programs, competitions, and invitations to industry events. They aim to create an engaged network of people that are interested in quality fashion and design.
Thread People are not only committed to reducing wastage in the fashion industry but they are also committed to giving back to the community. They are donating 10% of profits to their new community partner, Dot Com Mob. So if you are a supporter of Dot Com Mob please register for a free membership, visit www.threadpeople.com.au