The Mender Starter Kit: an artefact to inspire new futures for fashion

Sensemaking / The Mender Starter Kit: an artefact to inspire new futures for fashion

A portable device to help local tailors get their business off the ground. Concept by Sungmy Kim.

By Sungmy Kim / 20 Oct 2016

This is one of eight rapid prototypes for the future of fast fashion to come out of a rapid design sprint led by Forum for the Future and Elliott P. Montgomery of the Parsons School of Design.

Enjoy the description below, but remember, it is a design concept, not an actual product. Find out more about the design process here.

Although the skills to make clothes are widely taught, many people still have difficulties in tailor-making and mending. If you are detail-oriented and have excellent manual skills, here’s some good news for you. No matter what level of expertise and experience you have, you can become a local tailor and start your own business with a Mender Starter Kit.

The Mender Starter Kit is a portable device for those who have mending skills in a community. It helps to identify needs in your neighbourhood via signals. Once you activate it, the screen in the centre starts mapping the requests of your neighbours by distance. Each order shows a brief of the materials, tasks, and the level of skill required. You can also find other menders to collaborate for a single order. When you meet your customers, the camera on the backside scans the material information. Four small drawers in the body contain necessary mending tools to support your immediate work. The kit also has a quick payment system. It automatically calculates the labour cost by skills and time required. As your techniques improve, your pay increases, incentivising quality. This system facilitates local transactions and helps to build a regular customer network.

See and hear more about these artefacts at our Future of Fast Fashion event on November 1st in New York City.

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