Øzwkg (zerøwaste karen glass) http://www.zerowastekarenglass.com
seeks conscious contributors, passionate about radically transforming the way fashion & art are made. Ø up cycles 2nd hand garments & textile waste into incredible fashion. Ø makes new clothes with 0.05% waste. Ø curates artists that believe in our purpose. from our processes comes a transcending & relevant style of design & art. Ø believes in job creation & open hire. we partner with Beloved Atlanta http://www.belovedatlanta.org
to provide advocacy & work development for victimized women.
Ø envisions a brand that expands cultural boundaries of acceptance. we believe in preservation and conservation as foundation for a business model. we have developed an integrated entrepreneurial model for US apparel makers that has both domestic and foreign enterprise and that remakes and makes new apparel and fine art in zero waste processes.
it is our goal to position our brand and business sustainably in this new market economy of post consumer waste (repurposing & up-cyling). it is our honor to contribute to the sustainable living of women through our life work project.
life work project: we partner with Beloved Atlanta, to provide advocacy and work development programs to help rehabilitate victimized women. 20% of our work force development is dedicated to helping women move into rehabilitated sustainable lives. we pay a living wage. this is reflected in our prices and in the quality of our work-woman-ship. we believe in living life with fewer things of greater value.
walls of discarded clothes
- to contribute to the reduction of the massive amount of textile waste (11-13 million tons) per year:
- by up-cycling used textile pieces and 2nd hand clothing into beautiful new garments.
- by making new garments in a significantly low textile waste process.
- by engaging highly skilled designers and stitch artists who embrace our life work project.
- by engaging highly skilled PR/marketing and branding talent to raise public awareness of our brand and products.
hand-stitched artistry in the studio
Ø upcycle: is made atelier (fashion work shop) style. we make our founding pieces (Ø archive) like a classic paris atelier, except that, we use waste from each cut as either a body part or adornment in the following pieces until the waste is used. any final waste goes into quilts, given to artists as raw materials, or into local hand made paper. our aesthetic or style is visually stunning.
venus series in process
venus series #2 jacket with Ø knitwear slim let pant
the work-woman-ship and style of our pieces is like nothing you have ever seen in luxury fashion. this we promise. we strive for originality and creativity in our work, executed with an elevated sense of cut, silhouette and embellishment. our upcycle making process is primarily artisanal and made in our atlanta work studio. we do however contract small batches of our tee shirts, gender free shirts and the denim series jackets to a contractor in NYC.
for Ø knit, we use the finest cotton fiber and yarn available on the planet. it is exquisitely soft and luxurious. the cotton is grown in belize, where the climate produces a very fine long fiber, spun it italy and the knitted into garments in nepal. the yarn is also OEKO TEX certified.
Ø has been in development for nearly 5 years. it started with a 25-year-old collection of fashion artifacts globally collected by the founder, karen glass.
"after working in the textile and apparel business for over 30 years, i began to become acutely aware of all of the textile and garment waste i had personally been accountable for, by either sitting at a sewing machine making 1,000,000 pairs of men's underwear in a year and half, or by directing the product teams of well know apparel companies. i can remember seeing clothes i had been personally accountable for making everywhere, from the local thrift store, to a rag in someone's trash or in the street in an alleyway while in paris. this led me to begin the development of zero waste apparel making through an up-cycle design and make process i could do here in the US and through working with a factory in nepal to develop knitwear in a socially compliant, zero waste (0.05%) process. i was looking to work with yarn companies that were 100% traceable back to fiber. my vision was to find the best possible quality of cotton yarn on the planet. plus it needed to be OEKO TEX certified. i worked with the factory in nepal to acquire national social compliance for their factory and workers.”
obi series jacket #2
sculpture by luca barolli. venus series jacket #3
Ø archive: global textile artifacts are transformed into one of a kind new pieces. our first series was made from an old obi cloth made in shanghai, circa 1930s. these are our limited addition, highly luxurious pieces, mostly hand stitched. these pieces are our crown jewel. our archive process involves cutting the first piece from the bulk of the artifact, and then using the remnants to adorn the 2nd piece, and the remnants from that go into a 3rd piece etc, until all of the remnants are used up. any leftovers that are unusable go into fine art, or into local paper making. we offer them ready to wear and as a bespoke service. these pieces define the brand in provenance, style and process. moving forward, we will be making them in a series with a size range from xs-xl, but each will have unique design nuances due to the raw materials used. the retail range is from $2600 to $5000. we are also adding a denim archive jacket that will retail less then $1000. the denim jackets will be made in small batch production in NYC.
Ø 2: menswear transformed into beautiful feminine pieces. from factory waste or thrift stores, remade and adorned with contemporary detailing of found textile objects and exceptional hand and machine stitch work. we consider our stitch work to be unique and signature to our brand.
Ø knit: is our lifestyle line of fully-fashioned knitwear in modern silhouettes that transition through daily activity. this line speaks directly to our design and brand philosophy of living life with fewer things (clothes) of greater value. we buy yarn spun in italy because it can be done no where else on the planet as finely as italians do. we looked for a fiber that equals sea isle cotton ( the finest cotton fiber available) or bested it. we found this with cariaggi's belize cotton. it is the finest 2/80 yarn count cotton ever sourced. karen has seen 10's of 1000's of yarn qualities in her career and has found the cariaggi 2/80 to be the most exquisite. we make our knitwear in nepal because we believe in contributing to a developing nation's economy as much as we do to that of our own country.
woman w'health talisman as token or as pendant
artist's drawing: woman in motion by adrian barzaga
battle field by luca barolli 2016 48" H x 48" W X 2"D
panneggio # 1 artwork by luca barcolli 43" H x 48" W x 2" D
"untitled" by luca barolli 36" H x 25" W x 5" D
head by luca barolli 35" H x 28" W x 3" D
hand cast porcelain wood
rachel k garceau's hand cast porcelain wood pieces in an art installation
hand made, hand written note from founder
single porcelain sphere, available in 3 sizes
rachel garceau's multiple sized spheres as a hanging art installation
hand cast porcelain stones
Ø archive hand detailed jackets in a selection of styles and sizes
indigo gender free tees close up
gender free tees available in shades of indigo, black and grey with hand distress and hand stitch option
we are looking to raise $1,400,000 in total but have set our campaign goal at $50,000. to keep us going while we continue to look for additional funding. the founder, karen glass, has invested $100,000 +. she believes in the beauty & purpose of this work.
your contribution now to our campaign will give us the funding we need to:
- beta test a small retail store here in atlanta.
- stay in our work studio and build inventory
- rebuild our website for e commerce
- spread the word of our purpose through marketing channels with an incredible PR and marketing woman (who is currently working for free!)
- keep building our upcycle inventory (Ø archive & Ø 2)
- buy yarn for our Ø knit line and begin to produce inventory ( we need 250,000 for this production)
- pay our small team of practictioners: designers, stitch artists & apprentices (our beloved women)
- pay rent on our studio
- scale up our work studio by adding more practitioners to produce more inventory and add more product lines, such as accessories and footwear
- establish a retail presence through pop ups in major metropolitan cities and notable resort areas
- establish a selected wholesale presence
- build our online presence with a unique customer experience that integrates creative cultural intelligence.
- completed all 2017 prototypes and processes and are in production in Ø archive & Ø 2.
- in pre-production for Ø knit, awaiting yarn supply
- have a working design, development & production model for both upcycle product in atlanta and new product in nepal.
- integrated the life work project partnership with beloved atlanta into our upcycle work process with an apprentice program for women looking to work in the apparel making industry
- CREATIVE LOAFING MAGAZINE designer of the year 2016
- Modern Atlanta featured designer
- Atlanta Magazine
- WABE-local NPR interview and write up
- Goat Farm Arts Centet Concept retail space- Installation
social, economic, and environmental concerns and engagement are rapidly becoming a global mainstream ideology that is driving a growing economic sector. we believe change is crucial. Ø imagines and enacts a more sustainable future for industry and community. with our Ø knit line, we impact industrial waste by bringing the typical industry standard of approximately 15% waste to 0.05% waste. we reduce post consumer waste by up cycling it into new apparel. in addition to reducing textile waste on a global scale, the Ø process is a unique approach that can be taught to entrepreneurial designers. we contribute to the sustainable and secure living of women. we are a model for local enterprise that does business globally.
if you are unable to contribute to our campaign financially, there are plenty of other ways to help. we appreciate any energy you are able to contribute. for us, that means living life more consciously. being mindful of waste not just as stuff, but of thought as well. reduce your 60,000 thoughts a day. live life with fewer things of greater value. have fewer thoughts of greater, more transcendent value. make giving a part of your life. human time translates into human value. help us do good by doing good. help us create movement in the world.
and please share this campaign with everyone who has an ear to listen, and a voice.