Queen of Raw, a New York-based fabric tech start-up, has partnered with Kvadrat, a heritage European textile supplier. Queen of Raw’s digital platform connects designers, architects and textile companies with dead stock (or unused) and sustainable fabrics. Kvadrat will provide Queen of Raw with dead stock materials for its platform.
Over $100 billion worth of unused or discontinued fabrics is currently sitting in factories and warehouses located worldwide, and the majority of these materials “end up buried, burned, or thrown away,” according to Queen of Raw. Its platform offers dead stock materials such as leather, denim, cotton, wool, knits, linen, lace, silk, synthetic, performance, trims and hardware, as well as “made in the USA,” “bulk buys” and “scrap packs” options. And through its web site, brands and textile companies can list their own inventory of dead stock for purchase, the company said. Queen of Raw aspires to give unused fabrics “a second life.”
Founded in 1968, Kvadrat is a Danish company that focuses on contemporary materials and the “aesthetic, technological and functional properties” of textiles, supplying fabrics to architects, designers and furniture manufacturers.
Anders Byriel, the chief executive officer of Kvadrat, said that “We are always looking at how we can decrease our environmental footprint. Besides continuously optimizing our production processes and sourcing, we have now launched several strategies to work with our own ‘waste;’ this being cut-offs left over from production, which are transformed into new products as textiles or the architectural materials like Solid Textile Board and Acoustic Textile Felt that we create together with our partner, Really.”
“The collaboration with Queen of Raw gives us the opportunity to utilize our stock of discontinued items in meaningful way and at the same time giving young designers and architects access to our quality textiles.”
Queen of Raw cofounder Stephanie Benedetto is a cohost of the podcast “Material Is Your Business” and serves on the board of advisors of the New York City Fair Trade Coalition, according to the firm.
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