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Redden Goods: Sustainable textiles for the home.

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BALANCE

Katie Berman

LAUNCH OF THE HERSTELLEN COLLECTION

 

I desire for Redden Goods to be a wholistic brand in thinking and practice. In the same way that I have a collection of secondhand clothing mixed with ethically made or handmade clothing in my closet, I want to offer home goods that are a balance of new, responsibly made products mixed with items that are produced with secondhand, found materials. Enter the Herstellen Collection.

While I find so much joy in getting a box full of newly processed yarns- clean and white and ready for my hands to put color upon them and weave them into a shiny, new textile- I am also struck with the desire to create goods from textiles and fabrics that already exist. "Responsibly made" doesn't just mean sourcing new supplies from ethical companies (as I do with all Redden Goods' supplies). It also means recycling.

Have you paid a visit to your local thrift shop lately? Crammed with racks and racks of clothing and odds and ends collecting dust. What are we going to do with all of that stuff? The answer isn't easy and a solution won't be quick. There are many avenues we may need to take to help address this issue of over consumption, but one way I'm dealing with it is through this recycled line. 

Please welcome the first and primary member of the Herstellen Collection this year-- the Binden Rug! Made from recycled denim that I source from local organizations in Durham (like the Durham Rescue Mission), this rug is an avenue in which I will attempt to help relieve the inventory that is a direct result of our culture's over consumption of fast fashion, while at the same time bringing balance to my already existing collection. As I explore this line, there may be other materials used to create limited edition rugs , such as the Touw Rug made from cotton rope I recently sourced from TROSA Thrift. Outside of that, expect to see all of the up-cycled denim things!

 Something old, something new. We all need a healthy balance.

Cheers,
K

 

What Redden Goods is all about....

Katie Berman

red + den /'redn/ : verb from Old Dutch language meaning to save or redeem.

Holy smokes, this is happening! Redden Goods is officially launching for the entire world to see! Welcome to our very first blog post.

Redden Goods has been a dream forming in my head and heart for quite some time now. The past few years that I’ve lived in Durham, NC have been a whirlwind of life change filled with the constant nagging from within to continue creating with a purpose. I am a textile artist and addicted to the need to get my hands dirty.  From dyeing to sewing, screen-printing to weaving, knitting to…knitting, I love it all. I can’t help myself.

Some of this inward nagging is rooted in my growing awareness of how much of our American life is produced outside of our country, most of the time at the expense of human life. I wanted to be a part of the movement that is reviving textile production in the US and bringing business back to well-made, ethically produced goods at the local level. With that passion in mind, Redden Goods was born.

I purchase all of my fibers and supplies from American companies that are producing their goods ethically, deal with those fibers in a sustainable way through natural dyeing, and donating 15% of all profits made through Redden Goods to Not For Sale – an organization that protects people and communities around the world from human trafficking and modern-day slavery. 

Using a portion of Redden Goods’ profits in this manner brings the purpose of this brand full circle – made in a free world to help make a free world. It’s also a part of how Redden Goods got its name. Redden is the Old Dutch word for “save,” “rescue,” or “redeem.”  My hope is that Redden Goods will do just that – save and rescue not only myself, but others as well.

I’m excited to see where this journey takes me. Where it may take all of us.

I’m Katie Berman. Welcome to Redden Goods.