Tues., 11/5, 6:00 – 8:00pm, Free
“Refried Apparel; At The Forefront of Upcycling Textiles & Sustainable Fashion.” We are super excited that our next guest will be Mark Litos, co-founder with Lisa Litos of Refried Apparel, a New Bedford company. Because of its “game-changing solution for a worldwide problem,” it was chosen as a 2019 Top Innovator by Apparel Magazine.
At Greasy Luck Brewpub, 791 Purchase St., New Bedford. Open to everyone. Free, except for beer and food! If possible, come early & place an order. The Vault Room starts serving food/drink at 5:45.
At our last Café, we heard about “fast fashion” and its toxic impact on the environment. On Nov 5th, we’ll hear about an awesomely green fast-growing company, Refried Apparel, which just moved into 24,000 sq. ft. of mill space downtown. Refried is blazing a remarkable trail by upcycling clothing that otherwise would be thrown out and at the same time employing a growing workforce. It started with Lisa Litos sewing together old T-shirts into stylish new designs several years ago. Today, the Red Sox, Yankees, Patriots, Chicago Bears, LA Lakers, Green Bay Packers and many other prominent sports teams are shipping their unused stock (and there’s a lot of it) to wholesaler Refried Apparel, which refashions it into stylish handcrafted garments and accessories that go back to the teams for retail sale.
As Mark will share, the company uses no water, no pollutants, and its main source of energy are the busy hands of stitchers. “Upcycling” refers to turning goods into a better state without harming the environment, and Refried Apparel is setting a national standard. The company is the official upcycling resource for Major League Baseball & the National Football League.
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