Dyed with Naturally-Occurring Materials
The synthetic dye industry is one of the world’s most polluting industries. Natural dyes can be re-absorbed by nature. Small batches of dyed fabrics will only be produced as demanded; and because of this, colors may very slightly differ.
Grown free of toxic chemicals or GMOs, organic fiber farming uses up to 60% less water than the usual way it is farmed. Through growing organically, the end product is of much higher quality.
A Second Chance
Too much plastic is bad, right? Every piece of plastic ever created is still here. What if there was a way to recycle the plastics or save entire bolts of discarded fabrics that already exist into new clothes? KCV uses recycled synthetics and deadstock fabrics that include multiple types of fibers.
*Read below for more. See individual product for its specific list*
Fair Trade Certified, Natural Fibers, Recycled Synthetics, and Deadstock. See individual garments to see which are GOTS certified, biodegradable, organic, etc.
Made from Organic Cotton.
Natural dyes are safe and non-toxic, and mordants that are used for natural dyeing are common household materials. Examples of mordants are as follows: myrobalan, oils, minerals, iron vat, aluminum sulfate, tannic acid (from oak bark and leaves) and oxalic acid (from rhubarb leaves) etc. The natural dyes can create similar colors to those made synthetically, but the benefits to health and the environment allow them to be a far better choice as they have a carbon neutral footprint.
Read info on each product to see which ones are dyed naturally.
*Organic Cotton: Oeko-Tex Certified - Free of harmful chemicals and are completely safe for human use.
*Recycled Polyester Thread. Locally sourced threads.
Naturally-Occurring Materials such as nutshells and wood, or covered with organic fabric & other locally sourced options.
Some garments that include zippers have organic cotton tapes and brass teeth or sourced locally. Though not all zippers are perfected yet, looking into more sustainable zippers that works with the weight of each style/fabric is the next step!
Soy-Based Inks, Water-Activated Tape, Recycled Compostable Shipping Box, Recycled Paper/Tissue Paper, FSC Certified & Acid-Free Stickers. Not much else - packaging is very minimal.
Done with the garment? Email KCV for an address to ship it back. KCV will recycle/upcycle/repair/donate it.
Some of the pieces are made by Kathy (KCV), but the factory used to produce most of KCV garments is located in the garment district of Manhattan. People from all over the world flock to and awe New York City for its fashion. I believe in supporting local; and though the cost of NYC is a higher price tag, it gives every employee a fair paycheck and we end up with a beautiful, high-quality garment made from passionate professionals with decades of experience. 100/10 would recommend ethical labor.