Challenges

Modular clothes: extended lifetime and customizable

At my Grandma's times, if you bought a shirt it would come with an extra collar and extra sleeve cuffs. This is because those are the parts that get ruined faster, so you could change them instead of buying a full new shirt.

A lot of garments have parts that get worn out faster. The idea would be to apply the Grandma's principle but with a twist: the modular parts do not only serve the need to extend the item lifetime, but also come in different shapes and Stiles to give the piece a re-fashion. 

There would also be the need of studying the technical aspect of how to make the substitution of a part easy and convenient, since there are not many people in modern society that would know where to start in changing a shirt collar in the traditional way!

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How can this be improved?
Kate Rushton
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  • I really like this concept! I can totally relate to it. My clothes always wear at the elbows and sleeves. I was wondering if something like VELCRO(R) Brand could be used for this or an equivalent of VELCRO(R) Brand.

    Federica Parisi
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  • Yes, something like velcro would work, or press buttons as well. And I am sure that some young designers could come out with more originals and classy ideas that what I can think of! :)

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    Iker Montes-Bageneta
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  • Hi Federica! I find it very interesting what you are saying. I think it's a very good idea. WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England & Wales. Now they are working with supporters and signatories to develop effective messaging to influence key consumer behaviours and extended lifetime of clothes which will reduce the environmental footprint of clothing. If we all do what you propose we would live in a more sustainable world

    Federica Parisi
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  • Hi Iker! Thank you for your nice comment! I was having a look at the WRAP website and it looks like you're doing great work! The choices like the one I suggested would be of good help in extending the clothing life span, we only need a way of making such choices possible!