We collaborated with Arches Global to create a clothing collection that reflects our shared values and vision for the future. Our inspiration for this project was the Club of Rome and their 1972 paper "Limits to Growth." In this paper, they argued that there are limits to the size of states, as well as other things like plants, animals, and implements. If any of these things become too large or too small, they lose their natural power and are either spoiled or entirely lose their nature. These ideas are reflected in the back print on our shirt, which features a quote from the opening of the "State of Equilibrium" chapter. This chapter proposes a potential solution for contemporary problems by acknowledging the limits of growth.
Arches.Global is dedicated to producing high-quality garments while minimizing waste and promoting a circular system of consumption. They exclusively work with fabric mills, sewing facilities, and dye houses in Portugal that have a reputation for exceptional craftsmanship and ethical labor practices. By carefully sourcing raw fibers from organic farms and collectives in India, the EU, Lithuania, and the USA, Arches creates long-lasting garments while using significantly less water and toxic chemicals. Moreover, their Take-Back Program ensures that clothes have an extended life cycle through repair, re-dyeing, or repurposing, and are responsibly recycled if beyond repair. A hybrid of Stussy and Patagonia, Arches is setting a new standard for streetwear. As part of the collection launch, we opened a pop-up shop for a month in Corpo Santo, Arches' new retail location.
....to the sizes of states there is a limit, as there is to other things, plants, animals, implements;for none of these retain their natural power when they are too large or too small but they either wholly lose their nature, or are spoiled.