June 5th, 2012
What to wear: Three Portland startups that are rethinking which clothes we buy online
You might not know this, but in some circles? Portland is seen to be a burgeoning hotbed of fashion.
So it should come as little surprise that local online startups are rethinking the fashion we purchase online, too. And these three are coming at it from three different angles.
With more than a million members, The Clymb has quietly become a juggernaut in the world of active fashion, providing its members with ridiculous deals on clothes and equipment that help them make the most of the outdoors.
For those who find their passion in the outdoors, The Clymb inspires human-powered adventure by delivering member-exclusive 72-hour sales on premium brands and experiences, hand-picked by our team of fellow enthusiasts and experts. Membership is free, allowing users to shape the community by inviting like-minded friends. The company is based in Portland, Ore., and was founded in 2009 by a seasoned team of outdoor and sport industry veterans.
Feeling a little more thrifty? Dresm may be more your speed.
We all wear clothes, we all spend money on clothes, we all discard clothes. With the idea that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, we hope that Dresm will encourage people to buy and sell used clothing.
We recognize that some of the pieces listed on the site may have otherwise been destined for a thrift store or a charitable organization. With that in mind, we give sellers the opportunity to donate some of those proceeds to charity.
Maybe you want to vote with your dollar by shopping for clothes that are more environmentally friendly. No worries. Portland has you covered there, too. With Looptworks.
Looptworks is a ground-breaking business that repurposes abandoned materials into meaningful, long-lasting and limited-edition products. By re-using the world’s pre-consumer excess, the U.S.-based company aims to rid the world of waste while inspiring a generation to reduce their impact on the planet. The inaugural line includes jackets hoodies, skirts, shirts and graphic t-shirts for both men and women The Portland, Oregon-based start-up is led by apparel industry veterans with extensive experience from Nike, Adidas and Royal Robbins.
(Image courtesy nsr1986. Used under Creative Commons.)