IOU Project is the fashion label that aims to connect consumers directly to artisan producers, and together with Summer Rayne Oakes' Source4Style is hosting DIY With IOU – a sustainable design competition to find the next designer for the "Made in NYC” Capsule Collection.
IOU project wants to tell the stories of individual pieces of clothing, and in this way connect designers, producers, and consumers – sort of a sustainable fashion Etsy. Source4Style, on the other hand, is concentrated of creating the infrastructure necessary for designers to have access to the most sustainable materials to use in fashion, as well as connecting consumers to the greenest clothing available.
DIY With IOU is the perfect marriage of the two organizations' aims and goals.
As Summer Rayne Oakes describes it, the winning entry will be produced for next year's spring/summer collection.
"This is not a one-off, couture piece. It can be men's, women's, unisex, a garment or accessory (i.e., bag). There is no restriction on the design - but it should be reproduceable and wearable. You, the designer share in the profits. The final product will be manufactured in NYC, and have total supply chain transparency along the way."
So if you are a master of DIY design, for yourself, your friends, or as a business venture, don't wait! Deadline to enter the competition is February 24. The entry fee is $100 and includes an Source4Style premium membership.
Next week on February 28 a group of judges will pick eight finalists.
Judges include: Benita Singh and Summer Rayne Oakes (co-founders, Source4Style), Kavita Parmar (Designer, The IOU Project), Vivian Weng (Director of Fashion, Fab.com), Alysia Reiner (Actress), Izabella Miko (Actress), VV Brown (Singer/Songwriter), Erica Domesek (Founder, PS I Made This), Kate Dillon (Model), and Erica Wolf (Save the Garment Center).
Then the DIY design fun begins, as finalists will then receive 8 meters of unique and traceable madras cotton in order to produce a single garment or accessory for women, men or unisex for Spring/Summer 2013.