March is goint to be productive! Good Garment Collective from Berlin/Kreuzberg invites to various workshops around the topics of sustainable sourcing, management, and circular fashion. This is particularly interesting for all those of you who are still in the starting blocks with their fashion start-ups.
For us, the workshop series was reason enough to ask Marita Jablonski, who is responsible for production management and sourcing at Good Garment Collective, a few questions – during the calm before the storm, so to speak.
Read what Marita told us about Circular Economy, sustainability, and Good Garment Collective!
Hello Marita! First things first: Please introduce yourself very briefly!
I am Marita Jablonski, co-founder of Good Garment Collective and responsible for industrial production management. Our team also consists of tailors and product developers.
Out of which motivation did you form ‘Good Garment Collective’ and which contexts do you come from?
We all come from the textile industry and we are united in the quest to make textile products better and more sustainable. With our experience and our network of suppliers and producers, we want to help companies to make their products more sustainable.
Your portfolio is very comprehensive and complete – you work with your clients to develop concepts, help with sourcing and processing, offer workshops, etc. What are the specific issues or concerns people usually come to you with?
Our customers usually lack the knowledge of where to get sustainable substances in the appropriate quantities. Moreover, not every supplier or producer fits in with every customer, since quantities, product groups, the use case, and the values of the label play a major role in selecting suitable partners. We then develop an individual supply chain for the label and its requirements.
In addition, we support our customers in the creation of the cuts, prototype production, as well as in the support of your productions. Some of our clients, after building their own supply chain with us and accompanying the production process for the first collection, can take care of the productions themselves for the second round. How then act like an incubator that supports in the initial phase.
The term ‘circular economy’ plays a very important role in the collections you are planning. When exactly can a collection or simply a garment be considered to be viable?
There are several design strategies to develop recyclable products. Basically, it means that all materials that are used can circulate in cycles. The idea is to avoid waste and to think along the manufacturing process, the usage phase, but also the post-consumer phase when designing clothing, and to use all resources responsibly in this way.
For cycle-ready products, the right decision must already be made in the material concept. In addition, the product requirements as well as the values of the labels are considered in detail. Only then will we go into the materials research.
What does sustainability mean for you: at work, but also privately?
In March, ‘Good Garment Collective’ offers three workshops – can you briefly outline what this will be about and who the events are going to?
The workshops are aimed at fashion startups who want to further their education in the areas of sustainable fashion & sourcing or production management. In the workshops, we teach the basics of the various sustainability strategies in the production of fashion and provide an overview of manufacturers and suppliers, as well as the processes of sustainable material procurement.
In the workshop Production Management we give the participants an insight into the planning, preparation and execution of fashion productions for industrial editions. There will also be a tutorial on filling the production records needed for serial production.
What would be the ideal fashion and consumer landscape for you or you as a collective? And, concomitantly: Which forms of exchange do you consider useful and important in order to make sustainable fashion (production) a matter that at some point in the future may no longer be urged only by a minority?
I would like to see a more conscious use of resources in general. This starts with the design of products, but also how we deal with clothing in everyday life, how long we use it, where we give it up after we no longer want to wear it. I think the lifetime of textiles should be long-term, and if I no longer want to wear it, then maybe someone else or it will serve as a raw material for new clothing.
In order for this topic to become the focus of masses, politics and industry must also see this necessity and take more responsibility for companies. I often feel that the exchange between sustainably working or consuming people works quite well but does not reach the masses.
Thank you so much for your time and a nice and above all productive workshop series!
>> If the workshops of Good Garment Collective have aroused your interest, then please register as soon as possible! More information about the main topics of the three dates as well as the conditions can be found here. In addition, you will receive a discount of 10% on the workshop of your choice with the keyword “Lebenskleidung” in the subject line for registration or mention in your message – many thanks for that to Good Garment Collective! <<