Kapdaa- The Offcut Company -

THE OFFCUT STORY

At Kapdaa every piece matters. We work with fashion and interior designers, textile weavers, mills, and many more to make sure their beautiful and precious fabrics and other materials do not go to waste. By turning their offcuts, end of rolls, and other excess materials into unique and sustainable branded products – notebooks, eye masks, luggage tags, passport holders and many more – we give a new lease of life to production offcuts for our customers.

Over the past 2.5 years we reused over 5000 metres of fabric offcuts – saving them from going to landfill straight away. We have created thousands of new products out of already existing fabric along the way. It takes approximately 270 litres of water to produce the cotton for one fabric-covered notebook. KAPDAA, however, repurposing that already existing material to produce new products helps decrease the huge energy and water footprint left by the fashion and textile industries.

Kapdaa works with over 250 brands to create beautiful and sustainable products out of their unused material. Our “offcut suppliers” range from mills in Scotland, to interior designers from New York to fashion designers in Russia. We also work with London and LA based shoemakers, Parisian weavers, Belgian pram manufacturers, and tailors at Savile Row.  The list does not stop there, and we are always looking to bring new designers on board to help us spread the sustainable message and create a zero waste industry.

A NOTE FROM THE FOUNDER, NISH

I grew up in Mumbai surrounded by beautiful fabrics thanks to my Mum’s fashion studio called KAPDAA, as she is a bespoke fashion designer who always has unique offcuts that she kept for various patterns.

In the initial stages of my working life in Mumbai and then London, I decided to use my creative inheritance in advertising. This allowed me to work for respected agencies like Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy and McCann. I then decided to take a break to do my MA in Managing and Creative Economy at Kingston University which opened the entrepreneurial side of me. Being an advertising person, I was always fascinated with creating a brand from scratch, and giving that brand a purpose.

On completion of my MA, I visited my Mum in Mumbai and that’s where the light bulb moment happened. In her studio I saw tons of lovely materials fall to the ground and that eventually would be thrown away. I just couldn’t see the beautiful fabric go waste, so I sat down with the head designer at my mother’s workshop and cut a rectangular piece of fabric, which was then pasted together to create a beautiful bookmark. This was the first offcut product – the beginning of a new chapter in my life.

Remembering the idea of creating a brand, I thought why not use her brand KAPDAA and add The Offcut company. As the idea came from her offcut and I am her offcut too (:  Hence KAPDAA – The Offcut Company was born!

We started creating our signature offcut notebooks and now have a whole range of products,  providing sustainable solutions to our brands, designers and clients from all over the world. But this was not enough for me. I know I needed to do more for our planet. I needed to spread my offcut message to a wider audience, and provide them with sustainable, quality products that are also affordable.

So this is it – the realisation of my dream – a website that brings you upcycled quality products from a range of designers. This is us! I hope you enjoy browsing and shopping our amazing products and help us continue to share our offcut story.