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Why the IOU Project works

“I was a fashion designer all my life,” said Kavita Parmar, one half of the brain behind The IOU Project, an award-winning technological platform that promotes transparency and story-telling at each level of the production process of clothing.

Kavita and her husband, Iñigo Puente, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) graduate who was highly associated with the tech community, wanted to change the retail game when they both recognized a paradigm shift occurring in the consumer landscape. Noticing the infusion of technology with consumerism through e-commerce sites such as Ebay and Gilt Groupe, Kavita and her husband realized that there was a large gap in the market when it came to the transparency of the supply chain.

"There was a lot of distribution with technology. However, nothing was being done in the supply chain space. People were trying to make their supply chains more opaque and complex - they did not see any opportunity for change or improvement. Whereas, all my life I had been working with artisan communities.”

Businesses, especially fast fashion retailers, hid the process on how their fast fashion, which has an incredible and rapid turnover time, was actually created. However, the media had already made the truth known about fast fashion businesses (sweatshops, unfair wages, etc.), and the call for change had been made. The problem was that many people did not know how to go about taking action.

Kavita and her husband recognized that people were now interested in transparency in the supply chain and wanted to utilize the ubiquity of the technology age to their advantage. They developed a new kind of platform that combined fashion with awareness and social change, resulting in the creation of The IOU Project.

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KATE WILKOFF, Winner of the 2012 Supima Design Competition
Kate’s design aesthetic was to utilize simple, figure-flattering silhouettes that showcase unique textural details and fabric manipulations. Nature and the natural processes of life also provided a veritable source of inspiration for the young designer. For her winning capsule collection, Kate explained “[she] was inspired by the natural decay and deconstructive processes of architecture. I took the color palette and textural qualities of rust and copper oxidation, and used them to transform the raw cotton fabrics. I deconstructed both the jersey and corduroy fabrics to use as a continual thread throughout the collection.” Continue reading…
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