Making Ends Meet is a shop-able project exploring how we can be better consumers and producers of clothing. Set up by British born, Berlin based fashion designer Aimee Determann.
The project serves as an alternative to starting a clothing brand in a traditional and un-sustainable way. The intention of the project is to find ways of solving problems in fashion by challenging the integrity of every design decision. An emphasise on education throughout the project allows potential customers to make truly informed decisions before checking out.
Making Ends Meet aims to use materials which might otherwise become landfill while also providing infrastructure to support communities. Workers involved in the production of products and promotional content are paid a fair wage and 10% of the profit from every sale will be donated to an organisation providing aid to garment industry workers.
Unknown Fibers is the debut collection for Making Ends Meet. The collection is intended to challenge the idea of essential clothing by re-imagining the office suit. Classic mens tailoring details are juxtaposed with a sensual femininity and assembled into form fitting silhouettes to create a new and adaptive uniform. Modular garments are designed to be adjustable in size and worn in a number of ways, giving the wearer agency over how the clothing is styled. The interchangeable pieces provide an opportunity to create new shapes with existing items of clothing. Craft and hand sewing are intrinsic to the construction of each piece, which references the lost tradition of domestic production. Imperfections in the fabric or construction are left visible, celebrated and decorated. This reduces waste of otherwise usable materials and serves as a reminder of the high standard of craftsmanship expected of garment industry workers, who are often severely underpaid. The title is taken from information on the care label. Materials for this project are salvaged or recycled so the exact composition is often unknown. ‘Unknown Fibers' also references the idea that we rarely know where our clothing has come from, who it has been made by and what went into the production of materials. Brand Instagram @makingendsmeet_studio Photography by @anachephoto @sarahs_portrait_gallery Models @anterdemi @izzyskyemooney