No, we don’t. Our customers send inventory that is unsellable or heavily discounted and has little or no value. Think damaged goods, traded players, overruns, dated apparel, logo changes, and better-luck-next-time playoff series.
No. You pay the shipping on your dead-stock/surplus sent to Refried.
We use all types of garments and soft goods including tee shirts, jerseys, active-wear, fleece, sweatshirts, pants and even caps. With caps, we cut the graphics off and use as patches to make the final product even more unique.
Yes. We cut the damaged or soiled areas out and use only the material from the good sections.
Yes. We cut out the name and discard that section. We may use the player’s number, however we “slice & dice” so that the number is no longer identifiable.
No, our customers just send their dead-stock/surplus inventory to our New Bedford, MA factory and we follow up with a call or email to suggest styles based on your stock as well as your preferences.
Yes. We always avoid, remove or sew a patch over third-party brand graphics.
Once-Baked Custom Printed Apparel: Yes, we work with your brand graphics and provide digital art proofs for approval.
Twice-Baked: Our innovative design and upcycling methods produce a one-of-a-kind appeal that makes each garment unique and fresh. While there’s no artwork to review, we can send pics of the finished garments for review. For Twice-Baked apparel, consider the following:
- The dead-stock items that you send to us have already been approved
- When using pieces of our own material we follow brand color guidelines
- It’s the one-of-a-kind appeal that consumers are attracted to
- The individuality conveys the upcycled nature and "green” aspect of our brand
In many cases, yes. Our innovative styles and block panel design allows us to use our own surplus material in the process.
We create upcycled apparel for many organizations, retailers and manufactures. In doing so, we create our own surplus in the process. We also source soft goods that are destined for the incinerator or landfill and put them to good use. In all cases, sourced goods are inspected & sorted to prepare for the Refried transformation and to ensure a quality finished garment.
If you send a variety of garments and material types, and it adds to the overall visual appeal and comfort of the garment, we’ll often mix material types for a unique and refreshing look.
We encourage our customers to order approximately 48-96 each of 4-6 styles to create a strong brand presence.
The ratio is approximately 1.5 to 1. Typically, one and a half dead-stock/surplus garments will yield one new Refried garment. However, depending on the size and location of the graphics, in some cases we’ll use more than one and a half items to achieve greater visual appeal.
Yes. We can create multiple pieces of any style or item to look the same as long as your dead-stock/surplus goods include multiple soft good items that have the same colors and graphics. E.g. If you send 100 tee shirts (of the same color with the same graphics), we can create approximately 66 of any single style. When doing so, we encourage you to include a disclaimer such as: Due to the handcrafted and creative nature of Refried Apparel’s upcycling process, items that are created to look alike may have very subtle differences. These subtleties add to the overall appeal of the finished products.
Yes, all styles are available in standard sizes and they run true-to-size. Plus sizes are available for an upcharge.
Once-Baked: Orders ship 3-4 weeks from PO date. (Allow 4-6 weeks for initial order due to artwork prep and setup.)
Twice-Baked: Orders typically ship 4-6 weeks from receipt of your dead-stock/surplus inventory and PO. During periods of high demand, turn times may be extended. With this in mind, we encourage customers to book orders well in advance.
Yes. We encourage customers to send us large volumes (pallets) of dead-stock/surplus goods and we’ll store at no charge. This can help to free up your valuable warehouse space and it allows us to process your orders efficiently going forward. Sending large volumes also saves on shipping multiple times.
Yes. In fact, we insist on it. We encourage best-practices and supply merchandising signs and display materials that help communicate the upcycled story and unique product offering. And, we encourage the use of mannequins and video if retail space and conditions allow. (We supply the video.)
Cartons Ship-to: Refried Apparel, 630 Belleville Ave, New Bedford MA 02745
Palletized Ship-to: Refried Apparel, C/O Darn It, 686 Belleville Ave, New Bedford MA 02745
Yes. As an upcycling resource, we have access to an unlimited supply of surplus goods through established relationships with manufacturers and licensees alike. However, there may be an upcharge for certain styles.