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Waylon talks about morality and sustainability and entrepreneurship in Fashion with one who knows: Kristen Glenn, founder of Seamly.co, who shows off some of her threads at the end of their chat.
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A few years ago, Kristin and a friend raised $64K on a Kick-starter to produce a super-versatile, USA-made garment called The Versalette. That was Kristin’s introduction to the fashion industry—and it was the first time she saw apparel manufacturing up-close.
Kristin launched Seamly.co in June 2013. They make convertible apparel for women, using surplus fabric. Everything is designed and manufactured in the USA. The Seamly.co community can vote on new styles and color-ways; it’s very much a feedback-oriented fashion company. Kristin is the designer and is obsessed with versatility and convertible clothing for the eco benefits, throughout the lifestyle of a garment.
Right now, Kristin is producing eight new designs that will launch before summer. She is mostly focusing on building community and production, which happens in Westminster, Colorado.
“It changed my life. I wondered—in a world full of cheap, toxically-made clothes, how many people really know where their wardrobe comes from? And how amazing would it be to create a shopping experience where we can actually get involved in the process of design and manufacturing?” ~ Kristin Glenn
After the live hangout ended, Waylon and Kristen swapped NPR and Patagonia videos to watch, focusing on the process of sustainable fashion.
1. NPR’s How a T-Shirt is Made
How does a simple T-shirt get made? To find out, NPR decided to make one—and track every step of production. It all started in Mississippi. Or, if you go back far enough, in a seed lab.
2. Worn Wear: a Film About the Stories We Wear, presented by Patagonia (Official):
> Bonus: Last September, Waylon talked with Kristin Glenn about the garment industry, the environment and how to be sustainably fashionable.
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