As you start your spring cleaning this year, it’s likely that you’ll end up throwing away large amounts of clothing. In fact, the volume of clothing that Americans dispose of annually has doubled in the last twenty years. Only 15% of textiles are presently recycled. AlgiKnit has developed a renewable yarn that’s made from kelp, a plentiful organism that rapidly regenerates. The yarn is extremely durable and compostable. The production process can be applied to an existing factor infrastructure so there isn’t a capital-intensive investment required to switch to using materials with a significantly lower environmental footprint. AlleyWatch caught up with Cofounder and CTO Aaron Nesser to learn more about the innovative process of turning seaweed into eco-conscious textile materials, the company’s future plans, and latest round of funding led by Horizons Ventures.
20% of GenX required glasses during their childhood; today that is closer to 40% according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Find out how PAIR Eyewear is tackling this growing market.
CALA is a full-stack managed solution for people looking to launch their own fashion and clothing line. Design, sourcing, sales, and fulfillment are all handled on the platform, which is also supported by a network of experts. Newbie fashion entrepreneurs are often overwhelmed with all the moving parts and CALA makes it easy all for a monthly subscription fee and percentage of sales. CEO Andrew Wyatt shes some light about the company’s traction which includes clients like NFL player Travis Kelce, rapper A$AP Ferg, and model Tatiana Ringsby. The company, founded in 2016, also just closed its seed round from investors that include Maersk Growth and Real Ventures.
“We didn’t match the same patterns as many of the direct to consumer startups you see today that raised a lot of money early on and had high burn rates. We have been serendipitously building the business in a way that would help us weather the current storm: our team has always been lean with just 3 full-time employees, geographically distributed and remote (which investors initially questioned our ability to build a fast-growing DTC startup this day), and have burned very little over the last few years.”
As a new mom, I found myself struggling with knowing which shoes would support healthy development and which sizes were right for my daughter… I ordered multiple sizes, styles, and guessed which one might be a good fit by trying to feel her toes and heel. Given how quickly she was growing, I had to do this all over again every few months – all the while thinking there had to be a better way.
When it comes to dress shirts, one size does not fit all, and finding a dress shirt that fits is even more difficult if you do not fit into the traditional, American dress shirt sizes. Nimble Made is creating high quality, “actually slim” dress shirts that fit right off the rack. Designed with the Asian […]
Finding a bra that fits isn’t as simple as it sounds. CUUP is the direct-to-consumer, intimate apparel brand that has created stylish, minimalist bras for all shapes and sizes. CUUP’s bras are offered in sizes from 30A to 38H, and the company’s website helps women discover their true bra size through 20-minute virtual fittings. If the […]
Remember sneaking into an older sibling or your parents’ closet and browsing through which shirt you planned on “borrowing”. This unofficial method of borrowing is being completely reinvented with the latest peer-to-peer fashion platform Wardrobe. Since people only wear 20% of their wardrobe regularly, this platform creates a new revenue stream by allowing people to […]
AlleyWatch chatted with cofounders and co-CEOs Johannes Quodt and Chris Wichert about KOIO, the inspiration for the brand, the luxury footwear market, and the company’s most recent round of funding, which brings the company’s total equity funding raised to $10.3M. Who were your investors and how much did you raise? This is a rolling from our first series A where […]
The days of blue is for boys and pink is for girls are long behind us and Primary is the first children’s clothing brand that has taken an approach to take gender out of clothes shopping. The company, founded by two moms who met while working at Diapers.com (acquired by Amazon for $545M), makes essential […]
No matter how old you are, it seems no one can truly outgrow the lunchbox, and Modern Picnic is the contemporary lunch bag for sophisticated women who care equally about the food inside as they do about the aesthetic and style of the accessory holding it. The company’s line of lunch bags is made with […]