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Sustainable production platform Unfolded raises £1.2m in pre-seed round

Tom Shearsmith
06 October 2022

Sustainable and ethical clothing production platform Unfolded has raised £1.2 million to accelerate its mission to remove waste from the fashion industry and create a new "sustainable way to shop".

Unfolded makes clothes without this waste by designing every item in conjunction with thousands of shoppers and then only producing after orders are taken. The business has developed a unique factory to consumer supply chain working with some of the largest global logistic companies.

By removing the waste from clothing production Unfolded creates significant margin improvements, which are shared between offering consumers sustainable clothes at affordable prices, higher wages for workers and funding educational projects for children.

For the past year the Unfolded team has been running their own brand, This is Unfolded, as well as partnering with community focused creators and organisations to enable them to make their own sustainable clothing ranges.

The company has already grown to over 10,000 customers in the UK.

The funding round was led by Techstart Ventures with Solid Bond, FJ Labs, Sweetspot Capital, Pareto Holdings, participating alongside leading angel investors.

Cally Russell, Unfolded Co-founder and CEO said “Fashion is one of the most wasteful industries on the planet and the second biggest polluting. We’ve spent years trying to work with retailers to drive change in the industry to make it less wasteful and better for the planet, sadly though many of them don’t want to change. Our experience to date showed us that to create real impact we need to take matters into our own hands and tackle the issue at source, thus Unfolded was born.

“This pre-seed investment enables us to amplify our mission with the insights and expertise brought by these investors; from backing some of the worlds best known tech platforms to real retailer insights.”

Calum Forsyth, Investor at Techstart Ventures: “We’ve been impressed by the Unfolded team’s ability to develop innovative products for the fashion industry, and we’ve seen them build truly engaged communities. Alongside their own D2C offering, we’re excited to see the Unfolded technology being used by leading brands and organisations to offer a more sustainable option for their own apparel.”

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