The fashion industry has seen many emerging trends recently. Sustainably made. Ethically made. Slow fashion. Transparency. Green. The list goes on. TRMTAB adds a new and refreshing lens to an old and persistent problem-- the problem of environmental destruction through our current production methods. Working with Mansi Gupta, TRMTAB aims to tackle the fashion manufacturing system through small changes.
Collaborating with a leather factory in India, Mansi and I noticed over 4,000 lbs of production waste going into landfills. Instead of overlooking the issue, we worked with the factory craftsmen to transform the waste into cleverly designed, refined leather goods for your tech devices. The leather scraps are stitched and woven to efficiently utilize the waste and create a unique blend of color shades, textures and grains giving each product within the collection its own personality.
Having created a successful upcycling model in one factory setting is powerful, because it can be adopted by the larger manufacturing system. With scale, suddenly, this small effort has the potential to be disruptive. Mansi and I believe that factories can make many more small changes and adopt more mindful methods of production. We were inspired by the words of systems theorist, Buckminster Fuller who famously said "Call me trimtab," referring to how the small individual can create big change.
TRMTAB launched on Kickstarter, in May 2014. The campaign ran for 28 days and TRMTAB raised $25,602 to fund the first run of their collection. Backers were rewarded with woven or chevron stitched sleeves, available for iPhones, iPads, Kindle, and Macbooks.
When it comes to fashion we are inspired by what we see on the streets of our neighborhoods, towns, cities and places where we live and that we love. The local style of a geographic locations from around the world are one of the largest sources of inspiration in the fashion world. So, why can’t we apply that same passion for dog clothes and accessories?
Citizen x Hound creates on-trend products for dogs that reflects the style of the dog’s owner. It celebrates the unique fashion trends of our distinct neighborhoods and brings a love of local to dog fashion sensibilities.
Citizen x Hound will start as a set of three collections inspired by three places in and around New York City: Soho, Clinton Hill and Montauk
The Summer Firefly smart night-light was inspired by a summer weekend spent in Rhinebeck, New York and my first experience seeing fireflies. The brightly colored Summer Firefly was made using an Arduino micro controller, RGB LEDs, a 9V battery and a photo resistor. The photo resistor works as a switch and controls the LEDs. When it is dark the bottom of the plush toy glows a series of colors from bright pink to turquoise; when it is exposed to light the lights turn off. The FireFly is not just a night light or plush toy, but a vehicle for my personal memories of summer.
development of the body of the firefly
electronic components featuring how the photo resistor acts as a switch to recognize light; the toy glows when it senses darkness