TRMTAB is a limited edition collection of cleverly designed, refined, upcycled leather goods for tech devices.
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.
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