When you buy from Design 2 Change, you are supporting your local business and your environment, saving unwanted garments from landfill. Design 2 Change is a sustainable label and all pieces are sourced from natural fibre. This includes cotton, linen, hemp, bamboo, pineapple, banana, and cassava fibre.
Mary Santos is the sole owner and main creator at Design 2 Change.
In 2018 Design 2 Change started as an alteration service, then it became a small production and custom made service in 2019.
The business model evolved in 2020 when Mary established her own local clothing brand label.
All pieces are handmade to order at Mary’s studio in Liverpool, Sydney, and old clothes are up-cycled. Mary’s daughters Aatikah and Aasiyah assist with designing, digitising, pattern making and sewing. As a result they also learn a great deal about the world of Fashion and Design technology.
Mary supports clients by sharing her knowledge and experience in up-cycling. She can facilitate workshops for customers who want to save their garments and teach them how to do alterations. Alterations mean Slow Circular Fashion.
‘Circular fashion’ can be defined as clothes, shoes or accessories that are designed, sourced, produced and provided with the intention to be used and circulate responsibly and effectively in society for as long as possible in their most valuable form, and hereafter return safely to the biosphere when no longer of human use. (Anna Brismar, Green Strategy, 2017)
You can find the quote above and more information about circular fashion and its origins on this web page.
The goal of circular fashion is to ensure that clothes are made from safe and renewable materials and old clothes are turned into new. If materials and products are used and circulated among its users for as long as possible, we can cut down on waste. When natural resources are used effectively during production and consumption there is minimal environmental harm.