We believe in sustainable, beautiful garments that don’t cost a fortune and say ‘thank you’ to the environment.
Ethically made. Locally made. Made to order. Minimal waste. Sustainable. Transparent.
Gliese 504 creatively recycling fashion waste.
Gliese 504 is located and manufactured in Melbourne, Victoria.
Who makes your clothes?
Kotoyo (Japanese born seamstress based in Melbourne)
Can you share a little more about your values?
We design and produce collections depending on what “waste” we find. We don’t source anything new and we do it locally. The materials we use MUST be from one of the following categories: OFFCUTS OR PRODUCTION WASTE: textile scraps generated during garment manufacturing. It is considered waste and is discarded due to its uneven and small formats; END OF ROLLS (REMNANTS): are factory surplus textiles that have been left over from garment manufacturing; DAMAGED TEXTILES: are unused textiles that have been damaged for example with colour or print defects, rendering them unusable; DEADSTOCK FABRICS: are textiles that factories or designers deem as no longer needed after producing a collection and might be destined to landfill; UNSOLD CLOTHING WASTE: refer to the inventory that doesn’t sell and doesn’t have a high likelihood of selling in the future and might be destined to landfill.
Manufacturing: We produce small, capsule collections, using local seamstresses that are free to work from home and are granted a fair pay and treatment. We mainly make to order without delay for the customer. We can complete the garment in a day and ship Express with a maximum waiting period for the customer of 5 business days. If a style doesn’t sell well we don’t produce it so we can re-use the fabric for other products/collections.
Which particular fabrics do you use?
Just natural fabrics (Silk, Cotton, Linen, Viscose, Hemp, Tencel) to avoid issues with micro plastic ending up in our water system. Being the core of our business recycling waste, if we come across blends containing polyester or artificial fibres we carefully evaluate whether the fabric is long lasting, good quality or not before using it, but we tend to avoid it.
What extra efforts do you go to:
Packaging: We use home compostable packaging from Hero Packaging. We also re-use off-cuts or calico for labels and other packaging elements. Build a Forest together: with every sale we purchase 1$ credit to plant a tree with tree nation. The trees that we plant are meant to rebuild/restore a rain forest in Queensland.
Can you share some labels you admire?
Arnsdorf, US based Reformation, Europe based Ganni, US based Noah Clothing for their effort of being sustainable, their transparency and style. I however shop mostly from op shops/ Depop so second-hand and prefer to choose small, local businesses for my clothing.