One of our founding principles is to preserve human craft in the digital age, by supporting fashion designers in furthering their own businesses. Therefore it is our priority to ensure designers directly benefit from being on the RETURE platform. Firstly, RETURE supports fashion designers by connecting them directly with a global audience – meaning designers are able to promote and showcase their work and build relationships with a growing client base. Secondly, designers are able to learn from clients’ changing needs and wants, and can develop their own craft and aesthetics. Thirdly, designers receive 80% of each RETURE payment, which is exceedingly higher than wholesale. Finally, designers have the flexibility to price their own services as well as reject and accept client upcycling requests. The designer holds control to run their own businesses, using RETURE to further their goals.
RETURE emphasises quality and craft over speed, but the designer will ensure your piece is completed during the agreed timeframe established in the design brief. An express service may be requested at a higher cost.
Although we recommend working with your local tailor for garment repairs or alterations, size alterations may be part of the upcycling process. We suggest that for shortening garments, including trouser hems or sleeves, you turn the hem over and pin the item with a single safety pin, marking to the designer the new length you’d like. To resize your garment, we suggest including a clearly marked additional garment for the designer to copy. As an example, for a t-shirt alteration, send the designer your favorite, best fitting t-shirt to copy from. Additionally, you can share measurements with your designer during your online consultation or using the chat.
The online consultation is an essential step in reviving your garments into upcycled treasures. Via the online video platform zoom, you will speak with the designer about your expectations and requirements, and the designer is able to share their creative vision. As a result from your 30 minute consultation a design brief will be finalised and will include the service invoice.
You and the designer will be able to reschedule online consultation appointments via the calendar feature. If you miss a scheduled consultation appointment you risk the designer rejecting your service, as well as all further service requests. In the extremely rare case a designer misses a consultation, you may cancel your request or receive a discount on your service. For any concerns please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arrangements may be made directly with your designer. However we suggest that you send your garments using a track and sign for service, and add insurance to cover them on the way to the designer. Clients and designers may choose to use home collection services or courier services to send your items. MyHermes and Royal Mail are both fully operating and offering delivery services across the UK. Royal Mail’s post office opening hours may vary by location so be sure to check with your local branch. If you’re dropping off at a MyHermes ParcelShop, click here to find the nearest open store to you.
Online payments are all made to RETURE. Before sending your garment to be upcycled, you will send a deposit as a confirmation to the design brief agreed by yourself and the designer. The deposit is equal to either the material cost or 25% of the estimated price of your upcycled garment – whichever is higher. You will pay the rest of the invoice once the garment has been completed and you confirm that it meets the agreed services in the design brief.
Sit back and relax! The designer will send you your upcycled garment.
Due to the online consultation and ability to confirm the designer has met the agreed design brief, it is extremely rare to not be happy with your custom piece. If your garment does not meet the agreed design brief, please contact email@example.com to either request further alterations by the designer or a request for a full refund.
Yes, it is safe to upcycle using RETURE. The World Health Organization is continuously updating information on advice as new developments arise. To stay informed on COVID-19 and to read their full FAQ, please visit the World Health Organization.
Discover unique upcycled garments and accessories by designer or by category (such as womenswear or accessories). Check back regularly as many pieces are “one off” items and have a high turnover.
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Each designer on RETURE sets their own return policy. Please carefully check the return policy of the designer you purchased from.
RETURE is a global marketplace for upcycled fashion and accessories. Shipping is individually defined by each designer. You can find a designer’s shipping information on their shop page.
Yes, it is safe to use RETURE. The World Health Organization is continuously updating their advice as new developments arise. To stay informed on COVID-19 and to read their full FAQ, please visit the World Health Organization.
For more information on how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe, please consult your local health authority:
- USA: Center for Disease Control
- Canada: Canadian government
- United Kingdom: GOV.UK
- Netherlands: National Institute for Health and Environment
- France: French government
- Germany: Federal Ministry of Health
- Italy: Ministry of Health
- Japan: Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare
- Poland: Polish government
- Spain: Ministry of Health