PVH-owned Tommy Hilfiger is the latest big-name fashion brand to be
launching a new circular initiative in a bid to breathe new life into old
Tommy for Life is a new circular business model that will take pre-owned
or damaged Tommy Hilfiger and Tommy Jeans garments and either fix them or
‘remix’ them into completely new, limited-edition styles. They will then be
resold exclusively at tommyforlife.com.
The new initiative will first be piloted in the Netherlands, before
being rolled out to other European markets in 2021.
The programme is split into three product lines. Reloved: Previously
owned products traded-in by consumers. Refreshed: Restored items from store
and e-commerce returns. Remixed: Products beyond repair that are then taken
apart and used to create new, unique designs. This last category will be
launched next year.
So how does it work? First of all, from today customers are invited to
send in their pre-loved and damaged Tommy pieces either in store or via
mail in exchange for discount vouchers.
Next, Tommy’s partner for the initiative, The Renewal Workshop – a
circular solutions company located in the industrial North of Amsterdam –
will sort, clean and repair the donated items. Pieces that are beyond
salvage will be remixed into new lines of unique designs. If they’re in
such a bad state they can’t be remixed, then they will be recycled into
yarns or repurposed, for instance into insulation.
Tommy Hilfiger launches circular programme
And it’s not just customers’ defunct clothing that Tommy wants to fix,
it will also be using damaged clothing from across its own supply chain,
for example items from retail inventories that become unsaleable or proved
defective, such as becoming stained as a result of handling, broken seams,
or lost buttons.
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Tommy for Life is part of the brand’s broader Make it Possible
sustainability initiative, with the brand having already announced a goal
to make products that are fully circular and that can be part of a
sustainable loop by 2030.
“The time to drive real, impactful change in the fashion industry is
here and now, so we are committed to identifying ways to innovate our
business models, practices and the way we interact with our consumers,”
said Martijn Hagman, Tommy Hilfiger Global and PVH Europe CEO.
“‘Tommy for Life’ provides solutions to one of our industry’s greatest
challenges: switching from a “take-make-waste” approach to a model in which
we keep products and materials in use as long as possible. Our investments
in a business model that pioneers this at this scale and complexity will
have true impact – not only on our brand, but on the future of the industry
as a whole.”
Photo credit: Tommy Hilfiger