How we produce
Breaking down our process from sourcing to end-of-life
Sometimes from farms and other times from mills we trust to source fiber ethically. But always, knowledge and trust are at the root of how we source textiles.
Textiles made from natural fibers are agricultural products too, so we carry our values in food over into our values in sourcing textiles–no pesticides, no herbicides, yes organic, yes recycled, always biodegradable!
Ethical production requires transparency on all levels. Designers must be honest with their contract sewers just as much as they should be with their customers. And, contract sewers need to be honest with their clients, too. Again it all comes down to knowledge and trust.
Workers are exploited all around the world, including in the US, so committing to producing domestically doesn’t solve the problem. We work with a contract sewing house in the Bay Area to produce some of our goods, while some are still produced in-house. This allows us to grow while at the same time supporting a family-owned contract sewing house stay in business.
Our deepest wish is that you will wear/use our goods to your heart’s and work’s content. These pieces are designed and sewn to last so you can fully be you and do you when you use any of our pieces. We spend a lot of time thinking about labor–how good fulfilling work is part of the recipe for happiness and how we can contribute to that in your lives. We believe garments and objects can be transformative and have the power to help us engage with the task at hand in more intentional and meaningful ways.
Yes, care is about laundry, but it’s also much more than that. It’s about empathy for the people and resources that have allowed a small luxury in your life. Care is an investment of effort on your part and ours to allow the item to last as long as possible in its best condition. Little things like washing your pieces in cold water and air drying instead of tossing them in the dryer every time, will make your aprons and garments last many times longer in a condition you’d be proud to re-gift.
And when things need repair, contact us to have them fixed.
End of life is something we think a lot about! We’re committed to designing pieces that will be your favorite apron, go-to coffee filter, and everyday garment so you’ll want to keep them in your life for decades. Our goods are also made of natural fibers and will biodegrade with total ease. But in a world where the impact we’ve made on the climate needs to be reversed, we feel that just isn’t enough. We’re innovating to come up with solutions. In the meantime, we are big supporters of regifting, reselling, and clothes swaps which keep clothes in circularity, out of landfills, and help us buy less new.
GDS makes clothing, workwear and Ebb reusable coffee filters for people who want to see change in the world. We believe that knowing the makers of our textile goods is as important as understanding the route of food from farm to table. By making products at the intersection of design, sustainability and community, it's our mission to contribute to the restoration of our environment and a more equitable fashion and textile industry.
Inspired by the trendsetting women in my family and a grandmother who was one of the most sought-after seamstresses in town, I followed in their footsteps and started GDS in 2015. Growing up in Brazil deeply influenced my work, a place where in the 80’s, bakeries could be found every few blocks and skilled seamstresses still sewed a good portion of people’s everyday wardrobes. Community was the connection between everything, including food and fashion.
With both people and environment in mind, my dream is for GDS to become an asset to my community through products that excite consumers into learning about how their purchasing choices impact their direct neighbors and people on the other side of the globe.
Geana Sieburger, founder & designer