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Why Roll End Fabric?

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This is Bo, she is head designer and founder behind her namesake label Bo Carter

Designer Bo Carter
Designer Bo Carter

 

We sat down with her to talk about the way they produce in the UK, England, and also about how they use one particular raw material.  The fashion industry is renowned for the excess it creates. To combat this Bo Carter buy unused ‘roll end’ fabric from larger fashion brands in order to consume excess within the fashion industry before it becomes waste.

Roll End Fabric as raw material

JF: Hi Bo, we are curious to know, what is Roll End Fabric?
Bo: Roll end Fabric is larger or smaller leftovers from the conventional fashion industry, considered to be waste, as they are from previous collections.

 

Easy to wear printed champagne coloured and white linen summer dress
Easy to wear printed champagne coloured and white linen summer dress

JF: How did you come up with the idea to use this type of material?
Bo: We don’t follow trends and we love taking advantage of fabric that would go to waste only because they are not ‘in the season’ anymore. That’s just pointless.

 

JF: That’s so true, and it is all about the context, isn’t it? So how do you choose your roll, and how does it affect your collections?
Bo: We ‘rescue’ whatever is available at any particular time. We don’t always use them straight away, and sometimes they are saved for years before they fit into our collection.  But they are always used, and nothing is thrown away.

 

Bo Carter studio working desk
Bo Carter studio working desk

JF: So, what is the impact you have when you choose to use this type of source for a product? 
Bo: We save fully usable fabric from gong to landfills, and by that making a positive difference to our planet.

 

Bo Carter uses whatever fabric is left on the rolls until it runs out. Consequently, they typically make less than 30 pieces in each style. Due to this limited production method their roll end garments are very exclusive and can’t be repeated. Every piece is produced locally in the UK. Bo Carter is morally opposed to sweatshop manufacturing and the exploitation of cheap labour. Instead they commit to supporting local businesses and helping to rebuild the UK textile industry. By keeping production close to home, they can ensure high ethical standards are upheld throughout the supply chain and keep their carbon footprint as small as possible.

 

Easy to wear linen summer top in pink
Easy to wear linen summer top in pink

Thank you Bo!!

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