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The concept of Reclaim To Wear was first introduced by From Somewhere, the pioneering eco fashion label started in 1997 by Orsola de Castro and Filippo Ricci, as a way to design beautiful clothes made entirely from discarded materials and remnants, such as stock, designer surplus and production off-cuts.

RTW has evolved to become an effective system to facilitate synergies between designers, key opinion formers, and retailers within the fashion industry to reuse large percentages of textile pre-consumer surplus by creating upcycled concept lines that redress the balance between consumption and disposal.

With the textile and fashion industry increasingly exposed as one of the biggest polluters, up-cycling helps to slow down unnecessary textile production, minimising further environmental damage and saving energy and water, as well as preventing discarded textiles from being incinerated or going into landfill.