T-Minus 151 Design Competition
Design a manufacturable product for the Rochester Refugee Kitimaya retail brand using upcycled clothing and simple sewing techniques.
Role: Project Manager and Designer
Team: Caleb DeSmith, Gina La Rosa, Gwen Riemer
Design a new accessory that fits into the existing Kitimaya retail brand that is:
Desirable (will it sell?)
Feasible (can it be manufactured with the resources they have?)
Viable (will it turn a profit and be a sustainable addition to their business?)
Rochester Refugee Sewing and Repair work to provide flexible, well-paid work to local refugees, that takes full advantage of the unique blend of cultures and skills.
They are currently manufacturing masks, bags, headbands and scrunchies.
Earrings made with a simple, easily automated twisting process
Clean and durable manufacturing technique
Can be made with a wide variety of different materials
Cost-effective (mass-produced, metal earring piece can be sourced for less than 20 cents per pair, or made by hand)
Drawstring bag using the same fabrics as the earrings
My team won first place in our category. There are future plans to work with management at Rochester Refugee to integrate our design into their existing accessories line.