What qualifies someone as an ‘eco’ or ‘responsible’ designer/brand?

We at Redress consider someone to be a ‘responsible’ designer if they are consciously creating their products with an understanding that everything they do has an impact - from the materials they use to the people who make them. We also recognize resale and vintage as a type of responsible purchasing as these are goods that do not add to the waste or pollution stream since they have already been created. We focus on designers who use materials (especially, but not limited to, textiles) in innovative ways that show ecochic is a part of everyday life.

Below is a list of categories that we consider to be ‘responsibly-made’:

  • Upcycled
  • Made in USA
  • Handcrafted
  • Vintage or resale
  • Natural dyes
  • Fair trade
  • Organic or eco-friendly fabrics
  • Little to no-waste patternmaking

What does Redress do? 

Redress is a 501c3 non-profit. We are an inclusive community of fashion lovers that nurtures independent designers and educates people about the impact of their purchasing decisions. We do this through:

  • having an active and welcoming membership community that serves as a network of resources and support
  • hosting an annual Fashion Show highlighting the best responsibly-produced apparel in the Southeastern U.S.
  • continuously participating in the dialogue on fashion, ecochic, textiles, and creative entrepreneurs  - both in person and online
  • marketing great ecochic products through our social media network and e-newsletter list
  • empowering people to make more responsible purchasing choices through events that expose them to the idea of being a conscious customer

Does Redress manufacture or produce their own designs? 

No. Redress focuses on event planning, marketing, and an active membership network. We work with many people who do manufacture or produce their own designs but we do not manufacture or produce anything ourselves. We can connect our members to suppliers and manufacturers but that is not something Redress does in-house.

What kind of ‘eco-fashion’ is featured in the fashion show?

The goal of the Redress Fashion Show is to highlight innovative, wearable, and accessible eco-fashion. Through our application process, each designer explains the motivation behind their collection and how they feel they fit with Redress' Core Values. We do not have a strict definition of ‘eco-fashion’ but instead seek out designers who understand the impact of their creations on the environment. We showcase strictly textiles on the runway (except for the jewelry and accessories) - ‘trashion’ can be a fantastic art piece but is not considered for the Redress fashion show.

Some of the categories we have showcased on the runway are:

  • upcycled
  • made in USA
  • handcrafted
  • vintage or resale
  • natural dyes
  • organic or eco-friendly fabrics
  • little to no-waste patternmaking

Can Redress introduce me to certain industry leaders or direct me toward sourcing / manufacturing resources?

Yes, Redress has extensive connections to industry leaders in fashion and textiles. We are continuously growing our network to find more resources, particularly for designers. If you have a specific question / request please email with as many details as possible and we will see what we can do!