Taylor Stitch, a men’s apparel retailer, has launched the Restitch clothing recycling program. Shoppers can return their old clothes to Taylor Stitch for credit, while the clothing gets reconstructed into a new, one-of-a-kind garment that sells for a fraction of the original price.
The frictionless return process lets shoppers download a shipping label online or visit a store to drop off their items. The re-created clothes are sold as the retailer’s Vintage Collection, which is launching with 42 unique pieces created from some of the nearly 1,500 pieces of outerwear, denim, shirting, knits, footwear and accessories donated by the Taylor Stitch community.
The program was created through a partnership with Yerdle, an end-to-end technology and logistics resale platform. The solution provider also has launched resale programs with retailers including Patagonia, Eileen Fisher and REI.
“Restitch is our response to the clothing industry’s overproduction issue,” said Michael Maher, CEO and Co-Founder of Taylor Stitch in a statement. “Eighty-five percent of all apparel ends up in landfills, including what is donated, and 100% has the ability to be recycled or upcycled. Through Restitch, and our partnership with Yerdle, we prove there is no end of life, only end of use.”
Restitch is the second clothing creation program embraced by Taylor Stitch. The retailer also runs the Workshop, where new garments are announced and interested shoppers are given four weeks to place an order. Customers can back designs they like, and if the funding goal is met they receive the items at an average discount of 20%.