Ragfinery opened in April 2014 as the second “jobs from waste” business of ReUse Works. We divert unwanted textiles from the waste stream and upcycle them in a training business that provides transitional jobs for low income clients of our partner social service agencies and schools.
We collaborate with local artisans and community volunteers to repurpose unwanted garments and textiles into a variety of upcycled goods that showcase the skills and talent of our collective.
We also teach our worker trainees and community members the traditional skills of identifying fabric values, cutting, sewing, weaving, and creatively re-purposing post-consumer textiles into products of value.
Ragfinery is designed to be a self-sustaining business with earned revenues coming from the sale of fabric and upcycled goods plus revenues from workshop fees and artisan support services. Our business model has been successful at our sister business, Appliance Depot, which was established as a nonprofit training business in 2005 and operates without outside subsidy. Both are projects of ReUse Works.