Thami Schweichler, CEO and Founder, United Repair Centre, says: “The apparel industry has a bad reputation for the harms inflicted on the environment, and the people who make our clothes – but it doesn’t have to be this way.”
“We must help customers keep their clothes in use for longer and practice conscious consumption in the future, if we are to have a living planet to do business on. And now, with the launch of URC London, we’re making it easy for responsible clothing brands to join the growing repair movement.”
Jenny Holloway, CEO, Fashion-Enter, says: “Haringey in North London has a long history as a home of high quality British garment manufacturing, but in the current market for cheaper production we could not maintain our high standards of quality or our ethical standards.”
“We had to pivot the business quickly and be nimble! Now, we have an exciting collaboration to move into repairs. Our highly skilled team are absolutely delighted that they are contributing to a circular economy for fashion today.”
Strategic guidance from the British Fashion Council’s Institute of Positive Fashion and circular economy support from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation have been provided to URC London.
It will initially provide repairs for Patagonia’s UK-based customers, with three additional brands lined up to join the facility in within the next 12 months, and space for more partners.
Alex Beasley, Country Manager, UK, Ireland & Nordics, Patagonia, says: “We’re in business to save our home planet.”
“But we know we can’t do this alone. With the launch of United Repair Centre London, we are looking to dramatically scale our impact and empower other clothing companies to move away from disposability and waste, and weave circularity into their business models.”