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Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
We are Abhisheik and Matt and we are MA students at The Royal College of Art in London studying the Design Products course. We are very interested in the future of sustainability and empowering people to make positive changes in their lives.
We were given the opportunity to take part in a Quickstarter workshop run by designer, Oscar Lhermitte. You may know him from some of his Kickstarter campaigns such as; Moon and Tape Stickers. And so, we have decided to take this opportunity to promote our philosophy of sustainable fashion, however we need your help to support this idea and drive this change.
So, we decided that we wanted to propose a unique way of showing individualism through the mending of old clothes. This, we hope, will encourage people to think more sustainably about what they wear, and make more effort to prolong the life of their favourite clothes.
The buttons that come with the Mendi Kit can be sewn on to your garments to replace missing ones or to simply add a little quirk. Just use the rainbow thread provided.
You can also use the rainbow thread to sew up holes or to "darn" (build up a layer of fabric) in an area of wear and tear.
Or, just freestyle, get creative and make it yours.
You can get inspiration from our instagram page MendiLondon, then share your project and spread the ideas and creativity.
The money pledged will go towards sourcing fabrics, materials, packaging, production process and quality control.
We were both very inspired by the hustle and bustle of London. The diversity in people reflects in the fashion. Walking around the different boroughs of the city you can see an array of colours, styles and trends that the city wears. And although London has an incredible list of factors that make it truly unique, it also has the down-side of being a very expensive place to live.
With a lot of focus, in fashion, being on individualism we have seen the rise in popularity of flea markets, thrift shopping and buying unique one of a kind clothes from second-hand shops. We found that people often put a lot of importance on the quality and longevity of their clothes as opposed to buying into fast-fashion where these values are often compromised.
At the same time, everybody has a comfortable old jumper or a pair of jeans that are just perfectly worn in. These clothes become our favourites and infused with personal value. It could be the memories, it could be about the comfort, or they could simply just be a staple of your individual image.
After speaking to many people from the older generation, we found that there was a culture, born out of necessity, of mending your clothes in order to prolong the longevity of the garments. With sustainability becoming more and more a part of our lives. We believe that this culture of fixing and ‘make-do’ can be very powerful in combatting our over-consumption of resources.
How to use Mendi patches:
The fabric patches are simply ironed-on to the inside of a hole in a garment to allow the colour and pattern to show through - acting as an accent to your look. It's as simple as:
Fabric patches have diameter 63mm.
The 6 fabric patches and 4 buttons come in a range of different materials. Thread is made of polyester approximately 5m in length.
February 2019 - Launching of Kickstarter (Quickstarter) campaign, Instagram goes live
March 2019 - End of campaign
August 2019 - Sourcing, production lead time and quality control. Ready to dispatch by end of mid-august.
Risks and challenges
We are buying fabrics that are locally selected from independent fabric suppliers. This means that if one of the fabrics is no longer available, an alternative will be reliably hand-selected by us to overcome this problem.