R2R started with the very serious mission of lifting Filipino artisans out of poverty. We started doing this through partnering with artisans and transforming unwanted fabric into woven rugs, then into bags.
Today, we are a fashion & design house empowering community artisans from the Philippines. We make bags, clothes, home accessories, and *almost* everything in between.
We are still serious (about our WHY), we overthink things (especially when it comes to empowering & sustainable practices), but we do all these with an abundant sprinkle of joy and a lot of happy dances!
Our Eco-Ethical Principles
Everything starts with design. So if we start it with intention, great things can follow. We don't just design amazing products, we design the way these products come to life and get to you.
While there is no perfectly sustainable way to make things, we try our hardest to come close (and closer). We upcycle a LOT of pre-production deadstock fabric and we are always actively seeking & sourcing for materials that consider sustainability throughout the whole supply chain.
Long Lasting Products
A huge % of the clothes produced in a year are thrown out during that same year. The waste that the fashion industry generates can greatly be reduced by simply using what you have for as long as you have them. So we design & make our pieces in a way that makes it feasible for you to love them for a long time.
Actual human beings make the R2R pieces. They are artisans who are weaving their own stories and transforming their own lives for the better. And we are so here for it. As in we started because of them!
We have been around for a while now so we could really write a book about us already. But we don't (yet) have time for that so here is the short version:
We began 2007 in Payatas, one of the Philippines’ largest urban poor communities. We met some artisans there who were mostly women and mothers who earned a living through weaving foot rugs out of scrap fabric. The artisans did not have access to the market or to the supplies of raw materials. So they were stuck in between middlemen and the very low value product's low value was further divided across an un-transparent and unfair supply chain. The situation was so frought and unfair that the artisans were earning only 12-16 pesos for weaving around 10 rugs a day.
Sad? Yes. Scandalous? Absolutely. Unique? Not really. This kind of social injustice has been around for a long time. But instead of leaving it at that, the co-founders thought of doing something about it.
So the solution we started with was a small and simple one but evolved into a systemic and multi-dimensional one and it is still evolving up to now. We started with the solution of linking artisans to the supplies of scrap fabric and to the market, but quickly realized that "linking" was not enough. Social problems are like bed bugs. They might hide for a while with a little intervention, but they are still there. So we thought of being a long-term part of the solution.
We built R2R in partnership with the artisans as a fully-integrated inclusive supply chain. Today, we are a fashion & design house empowering community artisans in the Philippines. And yes, we are still serious about being part of the solution of the problem we encountered all those years ago. The problems are serious, the solutions are serious, but us? If you know us, we are anything but. We totally get that our work is important, but that does not mean that we can't have fun and be joyful while doing serious work towards sustainability!