Using Reclaimed Fabric to Promote a Sustainable Manufacturing Model

For Tonlé apparel-brand owner Rachel Faller, entering into fashion wasn’t part of her career plan when she studied textile design at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she focused on fine art and sculpture.

“I loved making things, but I knew that the fashion industry had problems, and I wasn’t sure how to participate in a way that I felt good about,” she said.

It wasn’t until 2007—during a trip to Cambodia—that Faller met artisans who were using fair-trade practices. She realized apparel could be manufactured without contributing to the waste issues that occur during clothing production.