In 2008, Gertrude Berg discovered fabric scraps from garment making in a dumpster, which led to a new concept for sustainable clothing.
Berg explained to TreeHugger that she works entirely with scarp material and doesn’t make any new cuts, enjoying the creative challenge of not being in control of the material, while finding a fashionable use for the garment industry’s waste.
The Brooklyn-based artists views the process as similar to that of a sculptor working with stone, and the clothes in her BergWerk collection have an appropriately “sculptural” aesthetic not found with the traditional design process.
Berg founded the label in 2013, and has established relationships with clothing factories that allow her to get scraps directly, without any dumpster diving.
Berg’s designs reduce waste, while giving fashion plates something to wear that’s unlike anything else. That sounds like an arrangement that can make everyone happy.