What is Shimmers?
Shimmers primarily offers services relating to existing garments; deconstructing and combining a group of garments to create new garments, niche alterations and recycling leftover fabric.
Shimmers secondary focus is to create “in-house sourced” products, in the same ways as listed above.
The ethos of Shimmers is that the world is full of beautiful garments which are not in use and that these garments should be repurposed into ‘new’ products that can return to service.
The product you receive will be truly unique and the only one of its kind in existence.
What is the service?
Shimmers is essentially an ‘up-cycling’ service. The service is aimed at recycling garments which are not in use or which the customer does not like, into new garments and accessories.
The “in-house sourced” products that Shimmers makes are also intended to serve as examples for our customers of what is possible.
“in-house sourced” products are also of course one of one products, and we will not produce a new “in-house: jacket” until the first “in-house: jacket” is sold as a further step at minimising waste, and unnecessary production.
Where did the name ‘Shimmers’ come from?
In the 1980’s and 90’s, Kiran Sahrawat (my mother) operated a couture boutique named Shimmers. It was one of the first boutique’s of its kind in the city of Chandigarh, India.
In the early 90’s the boutique closed and Kiran’s mother (my grandmother) began repurposing Shimmers garments into small accessories like jewellery pouches as a way to dispose of leftover stock.
Now we have brought the name back, with a new concept which is in line with my grandmother’s thinking.
How does the process work?
- Contact us so to discuss the possibilities for your product and any requests you have.
- Select and send a minimum of three garments to us.
- Follow the measurement guides provided on the ‘Made to Order’ page of the website and send us your measurements.
- Select from the three purchase options on the product page (explained below) and complete the purchase on the website.
- Ship the garments to us, the customer pays the cost of shipping.
- Your garments are deconstructed, reconfigured and constructed into a new item.
- Your garment is shipped back to you.
1. How much say does the customer get in the final design?
We are a strictly made to order company, because of this, we are used to working with our customers to make sure that they receive a product that they will love. While we are open to and encourage customer input, it is important to remember that deconstructing and reconstructing garments is not a straight forward task and in some ways it is far more complex than making a new garment.
2. If I send in three garments what happens to the scraps from my garments after my products are constructed?
Be aware that calculating the amount of fabric which your garments will yield, is not as simple as adding together the surface area of the garments. For example margins (seam allowances), some seams and some areas of garments may not be included in the yield, either because they will weaken the new product or because they would create too many layers of fabric at a particular point on the new product.
Because of the diversity in the garments provided by customers the creative process will always be different. Accordingly, we have outlined some scenarios which may arise:
Scenario 1: The garments supplied by the customer do not yield enough fabric for us to construct the requested products entirely out of the garments provided. In this case we will use our own fabric to make up the difference.
Scenario 2: If there is a surplus of fabric left over from the garments provided, we request that you allow us to hold onto it. There are two reasons for this: firstly, any surplus would be used to accommodate those in Scenario 1 (above). Secondly, we envisage that this process will connect our customers with each other and will bring a more human aspect to our products. Garments carry memories, experiences and stories, so we hope that this process will assist you in sharing these with each other. As the cliche goes; ‘a stranger is just a friend you haven’t DM’d yet’.
To this end, we will ask customers whether they wish to be informed when a new product includes fabric from the garments they have sent to us, to allow customers who have garments with shared fabrics to be able to connect.
3. What is the turn around time?
Allow four weeks from the time we receive your garments.
4. What if I don’t like the final product?
Because of the consultation processes (outlined above) and the two levels of creative control for the customer, we envisage that these will avoid any dissatisfaction with the design aspects of the product.
In terms of the construction of the products, the longevity of the garment is our primary focus. At times, this means that the finishing or detailing on a garment will not be the same as a garment produced on a production line or even those constructed by smaller scale/local garment manufacturers. Each Shimmers product is created with the variance of human hands and the fluidity of the human mind. Our products are designed and constructed to last but please accept/expect a degree of aesthetic imperfection.