FABRIC SOURCING WITH DOM AMSTERDAM
Dom Amsterdam's have set up their entire business model to produce in the most sustainable and ethical way. Materials play a big part in this, and they only use residual materials for the production of their bags. This includes old clothing, curtains and cut-off residues from companies. Huge volumes of textiles are sent to landfill every year - the U.N. estimates that the fashion industry is responsible for over 20% fo the world's waste. DOM decided to tackle - rather than of add to - this problem by forming local connections in the Netherlands to recycle and reuse left over materials and save them from landfill.
Dom's main commercial partner for fabric sourcing is Sympany. Sympany have fabric containers throughout the Netherlands where people dispose of materials like clothes and curtains in a responsible way. Sympany gathers all the fabrics in a big sorting centre in to see which fabrics can be used again by other companies, to minimise the amount that goes to waste.
The DOM guys visit Sympany warehouse and look for the treasures that they can turn in to limited edition bags. The beauty of Dom's production approach is that they can work with really small volumes of material to produce a collection, so they also gather all kinds of fabrics, clothes and curtains from people in their network. Sorting them out in their office and deciding which is useable as a collection. The Dom team keep the circle going, and try their best to find a purpose for any fabric that can't be used in their production. For example passed on 100 rolls of old fabrics to the fashion department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, in Amsterdam.