The fashion industry generates 4% of the world’s waste, 92 million tons per year. 85% of all textiles end up in landfills. More than ever, our clothes are made of plastic. Washing them would release thousands of bits of plastic into the ocean. The industry makes up 10% of humanity’s carbon emissions, it dries up and pollutes our water source. Mass production of fast fashion is identical in style across the globe and brands. It is made to discard with poor quality and lacks creativity, uniqueness, as well as individuality.
Rare Stance is sustainably sourced, uniquely designed, and ethically crafted. We believe sustainability and unique individuality is a lifestyle in practice. We want to celebrate, educate, and impact the world starting from within.
Our philosophy in sourcing is to look to textile waste first. Textile waste can be vintage pieces, overproduced and unwanted materials. Main part of our collection is made out of high quality vintage clothing and unwanted materials, reducing waste, water, and pollution. Vintage pieces and unwanted materials are up-cycled, redesigned and used as foundations for our modern collection. Each piece is one of a kind due to the unique development process. Our vintage pieces and unwanted materials go through an extensive process to clean and eliminate unpleasant odor. They are then uniquely designed with premium quality.
Our one of a kind, ethically crafted in US collection is better than new. It boasts genuine heritage and an answer to sustainability, without compromising style and quality. When we source new materials, we look for the most sustainable options and make our selection. Most commonly used new materials are organic cotton, recycled elastane, other recycled and or natural fibers. We also make everything in the US and have eliminated all plastic in our packaging. We’re constantly looking to eliminate waste and pollution at every step of our working process. Rare Stance is committed in bringing you creative style with heritage and a better tomorrow.
Our goal is to be sustainable throughout each step of the working process. We believe without transparency in communication and accountability, this is not possible. After all, without you, we don’t exist. As consumers, you have the right to know and we need your full support on how and why we choose to operate the way we do. We have broken down each step of our working process. Don’t worry – you won’t be reading a book but a summary.
We first look to textile waste to source what we need without compromising quality and style to reduce waste, water and carbon footprint. Then we move onto new materials upholding the highest standards for sustainability. We make our decisions based on the most sustainable and appropriate options available. Sustainability is at the core of every decision we make, starting from sourcing, because fashion should never come at the cost of our environment. You can follow the journey of each product including where the material is from on each product page. We believe in choosing natural fibers over synthetic fibers like polyester.
This includes our main, size and care labels which, oftentimes, are overlooked. We consciously source natural fibers with the most sustainable option available keeping our consumers and environment in mind. The production of polyester uses harmful chemicals, including carcinogens, resulting in significant water and air pollution. Furthermore, synthetic garments are the biggest source of microplastic pollution in the oceans because every time synthetic garments like polyester gets washed, it releases thousands of bits of plastic into the ocean. Polyester is a non-biodegradable fabric which means, it does not decompose for unto 200 years depending on conditions at the end of its life cycle.
Our “Made in US” standards: 100% of workers involved in the line of manufacturing are over the age of 18 unlike much of the overseas manufacturing. Oftentimes they are well over the legal age as we work with highly skilled professionals, which requires years of experience to become a skilled expert. This is not the case outside of US as many of us have heard about child labor issues in other parts of the world. As for adult workers, we and/or any of our partnering manufacturers do not tolerate forced labor and/or modern day slavery.
Living Wage – We not only strictly abide by US labor laws, including min wage, but believe our workers deserve a minimum of living wage. We ensure all of our production workers, including our partner manufacturer, are paid living wage at minimum.
Safe and Fair Working Conditions – In addition to controls and regulations in place by the US government, improving the environment of our factory is an ongoing priority. We openly communicate and share the same priorities and goals for the workers with our partner manufacturers.
Guaranteed Quality of Goods – We uphold and take pride in the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship as we closely monitor and inspect our local production contrary to most foreign imports.
Impact on Local economy – We provide jobs not only for today but also for the future generations because the more money that is invested in buying US made products, the more will get put back into manufacturing US made goods.
Environmental Impact – Having a positive and long lasting impact on the environment is one of the core missions at Rare Stance. In addition to our sourcing practices, we use creative ways to eliminate textile waste at proaction. We design products around scraps that are produced in cutting rooms to eliminate waste.
End of Product Life Cycle
Once you decide the product is no longer useful in your life, we have a handful of options for you to consider. You can donate them by searching “donation box near me” or contact non-profit organizations like American Red Cross, Dress for Success, and or Free the Girls. You can gift them to your friends. If you’ve received complements in the past and know a friend or two who would enjoy your no longer wanted clothes, brighten their day by offering it to them. You can have extra fun by hosting a giveaway brunch as an excuse to connect with your friends. You can up-cycle by starting a fun DIY project. Simple makeovers like shortening the length of the garment and/or sleeves can be manageable and fun. You can also bring it to your nearest tailor! There are plenty of other options such as making accessories, bags, home decorations and rags.