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Founded in Ecuador, REMU has three core ideals: upcycle, empower, and explore. Our goal is to minimize the negative environmental impacts of the clothing industry while providing jobs and empowering women in marginalized areas around Ecuador.
We make the best jean jackets from upcycled denim (second hand jeans + fabric waste that we buy from local denim factories). We aim to empower the women who skillfully handcraft our products by providing fair paying jobs in marginal areas around Ecuador. To give them credit for their amazing work, we include the name of the women who manufactured each jacket. To make the jackets even more unique, warmer and comfy, we use a lining made in Otavalo an indigenous community in the mountains of Ecuador.
Otavalo is one of the oldest and busiest craft markets in the Andes. We have been working with Otavaleño artisans to craft the linings of our jackets, engaging with Otavalo’s centuries-old craftsmanship and practices.
The REMU REMake Jacket was designed to accompany you around the world, anywhere from hiking in New Zealand to strolling through the streets of New York City.
The traditional indigenous patterns used in our linings infuse our jackets with Andean culture and makes each piece one of a kind. The same fabric is also used to make our REMU Otavalo blankets. They are perfect to cuddle up with in front of a fire or on the sofa. These cozy blankets look perfect as a bed throw or hung on your wall. They will bring a little bit of the Andes into your home!
Everything we use in our products outside of the repurposed denim, such as tags, labels, buttons, and threads, are produced throughout the Andes. This means that when you buy clothing from REMU, you are supporting communities, entrepreneurs, and artisans from all over South America.
Did you know that it takes about 1800 gallons of water to make one pair of jeans? The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world. Most brands promote fast fashion. By its very nature, this extremely wasteful model results in mass-produced low-quality products that are not made to last.
At REMU we not only believe in clothes that have a future, but we believe in clothes that have a history. Our production model is founded on the concept of upcycling previously used jeans and fabric scraps from local denim factories to make unique and stylish denim jackets, infused with traditional Andean culture.
South America is a predominantly male-centric society that still plagued by gender inequality issues, especially in rural areas. Women have less access to education, making it very rare for them to hold down a job that can sustain their families and provide them with economic independence and equality in their communities. This inequality leads to violence and vulnerability of thousands of women every day.
More than 75% of the workforce in the garment industry are women, who are placed in atrocious work environments, with scarce pay and long hours. As if that was not enough these women's do not get any credit for their amazing work. At REMU our seamstresses are the superstars, this is why each of our products comes with the name of the women who manufactured it.
When you purchase a REMU REMake Jacket, you empower the women who skillfully handcraft it, by providing jobs in marginalized communities in the outskirts of Quito, REMU gives women opportunities to economically provide for their households.
Our efforts go towards helping preserve the natural resources and amazing sights that the world has to offer for future generations to explore. If the world continues to produce and consume at the alarming rate it does now, we fear there may be fewer natural landmarks for our children and our children’s children to discover for themselves. At REMU we are determined to do our part and help combat the corrosion of natural habitats into landfill.
In November 2017, three friends identified issues within the fast-fashion industry: waste of natural resources, poor working conditions, and unfair pay. From this conversation, REMU Apparel was born. A socially and environmentally responsible apparel company determined to tackle problems at the core of the clothing industry.
We strive to implement a meticulous production process that ensures product quality and durability. To do this, REMU partners with dedicated and talented seamstresses that truly love what they do. They operate out of small workshops based in their local communities.
At REMU we stand for fair wages, a healthy work environment, and a positive relationship with our employees.
UPCYCLE | EMPOWER | EXPLORE
Risks and challenges
If someone asked us how jean jackets are made 9 months ago we honestly wouldn’t know how to answer. Whether this is an advantage or a disadvantage is entirely up to you.
Perhaps being outsiders to the clothing industry might have allowed us to see through distinct lenses and identify issues within the industry, and maybe even question aspects of the production process considered a standard. Or perhaps our lack of experience in the field makes us unsuitable for the job, like those entry level positions that require 5 years of relevant field experience.
It has been 9 electric months where we soaked and acquired enormous amounts of knowledge and expertise. Sometimes this knowledge came through advises from local manufacturers, scrolling through countless blogs, youtube tutorials, the internet in general but other times it came through try and error.
After dozens of new and unique jackets sold and delivered all over the world, we are proud to say that we achieved the quality and attention to details that we aimed at since the beginning. Nevertheless, we are constantly in the search for new improvements, chasing after more sustainable materials from local suppliers and producers to use in our jackets, designing and trying more efficient production methods, and focusing on the details that make the REMU REMAKE Demin Jacket unique.
Raquel, the first official REMU seamstress, is an important member of our team and on of the main reasons for our success. After more than 10 years of experience, her extraordinary sewing and designing skills make her a key asset in this journey. We are very lucky and proud to have her in the REMU team, she is family.
Our main challenge is positioning upcycling as an attractive and viable alternative to consumers. In terms of environmental impact upcycling is the absolute champ and it is hard to dethrone it. However, we are aware that consumers not only focus on environmental impact when they look for new products to buy. There are many other factors that come into play in the decision of buying a clothing item over another one: convenience, availability, price, but mostly habits.
Today material goods have become easily replaceable and discarded. People would rather buy something brand new than think of ways to reuse something they already own. At REMU Apparel we are convinced that we can shift buyers habits and reposition upcycling as the to-go practice.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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