About this project
We are a conscious textiles micro-manufacturer focusing on social and environmental production. Our unique approach lets us focus on what we care about most: taking the time to develop the best product possible, crafted in-house, Made in Scotland.
Assemble Apparel works as building blocks for textiles printers, weavers and retailers. We have created the collection with simplicity, craftsmanship, and sustainability in mind, balancing minimal classic design with contemporary, fresh aesthetics. This allows each fabric to put its stamp on the garment, creating something new and exciting.
The Assemble apparel collection contains 13 (we're not superstitious) classic base items that can be ordered in (almost) any fabric. This collection offers additional options such as variable sleeve and hem length, sizes etc.
Design The Collection has been thoughtfully designed with simplicity, functionality and longevity in mind. Each piece is a loose but flattering fit, suitable for a range of body shapes and heights.
Functionally Pockets are something we feel very passionately about. As anyone that has bought women's clothes will know pockets are a critical issue and are often inadequate (if they are there at all). Most items in the collection have them! These are not just features which barely have enough room for spare change, but fully functional pockets capable of holding phones and keys.
Longevity We hope that through the Assemble apparel collection you can create timeless classic products that won't only last for a long time but will also be desirable for a long time. Designed by our Creative Director, Swedish born Nina Falk, these beautiful, minimal pieces have been developed and honed through her almost 15 year career as a fashion and textiles designer.
ASSEMBLE Our first Assemble collection was launched in 2016 with the "Assemble Accessories" range covering all the must have and most in demand items. Allowing print designers and weavers to showcase their fabrics. Garments can be ordered in batches of 1-500 units per item.
The Assemble process is simple: Check out the collection on our website and pick the product(s). We will send you prices and fabric requirements and once the order is a agreed, just send us your fabric. When we receive your fabric, we can get started making your garments! When everything has been made, we will deliver them to you, ready for market. DONE!
Kalopsia Collective was established in 2012 by co-founders Robertson and Falk and is run by an experienced team of makers, designers and communicators. Kalopsia is a Social Enterprise running an ethical and sustainable textile micro-manufacturer base in Leith, Scotland. We believe that everyone one has the right to high quality timeless design and fashion, produced thoughtfully and without exploitation.
Kalopsia has been part of various projects from making costumes for international circus performance groups, lecturing and teaching at a variety of universities, developing galleries and exhibition projects to environmental feasibility studies and showcasing textiles print at venues such as Premier Vision in Paris, Kalopsia's portfolio is extensive and creative.
WHO’S BEHIND KALOPSIA?
Nina Falk Kalopsia's Creative Director and Co-founder Nina Falk is a fashion designer and artist. Nina began her first fashion label and shop almost 14 years ago in Stockholm and has since been making products for music videos and TV personalities as well as exhibiting work in galleries from MOMA in Moscow to Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Art (SCICA) in Los Angeles. After moving to the UK she developed Kalopsia's products to reflect the simple elegance that is synonymous with Swedish design.
Adam Robertson Kalopsia's Managing Director and Co-founder Adam Robertson, is a Pattern and Graphic designer. Adam has worked on design projects for clients such as Nike, British Dance Edition and Edinburgh Science Festival. Adam has also worked on conceptual ideas using time lapse constructions making apps and bold prints and brings an innovative way of looking at Textiles.
What this campaign will enable us to:
- Finish the last grading
- Test and prototype last finishings
- Photoshoot (Life style and product shoots) and website development
- Promote this service
All Assemble items are intended for the purpose of resale or distribution. If you require items for personal use, please contact us directly to discuss - firstname.lastname@example.org
REWARDS The collection is available to order under the rewards namely skirts, trousers, jackets, kimonos and dresses.
If you would like to order more than one of any item, you can do so by pledging the equivalent value of the multiple units.
How do you choose sizes, style and send fabric?
At the end of the campaign we will send out an order form to find out which size(s) you require and give you details of how much fabric we will require and where to send it.
The manufacturing service can be used for all designers and companies for prototyping, pattern construction and Assemble accessory services meaning you can also get your scarf hemming, cushion order or main production at a lower rate. Check out our page for more information. This will be valid until December 2017.
Assemble Accessory Production
Get an "Assemble Accessory" order of either pencil cases, makeup bags, flat bags or cushions made in Your fabric to the value of £350. This will be valid until December 2017.
Visit Assemble Accessory to find out more
For those of you that what to show your support but aren't in the market for an apparel collection item we are offering some exclusive Konstrukt/Assemble products to say thank you!
This will be the first and only time a "Konstrukt/Assemble" will be available so grab them while you can!
CreditsPhotography: Holly May WesleyModel: Maeve HanniganMua: Marna RobertsPattern draft and development: Maria WedelFilm and Video: Adam Robertson & Nina FalkMusic: Ketsa - In the mood
Risks and challenges
Risks and challenges: The biggest challenges are the awareness and the true cost of ethical and sustainable products.
We have become so used to buying products that undercut the true of labour and materials that sometimes it can be a challenge to reshape our thinking to that of conscious production in the UK. In order to ‘sustain’ ourselves as well as to support our clients, we hope that you will support us to develop an ethical future for Made in Scotland production.
Your backing helps us create an effortless slow fashion product range and begin to change the fashion industry. The goal of this Kickstarter is to fund the last development of Assemble Apparel; grading the patterns, testing the last designs and putting it up on the websiteLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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