RAGS TO RICHES

virtual textile upcycling summit

SAVE THE 2023 DATES

APRIL 12-14

Turn your creative textile upcycling craft business into a sustainable enterprise with the income you desire to live your ideal life while nurturing the planet and your community 

RAGS TO RICHES

Learn from the pros how to grow a textile upcycling business you love that supports the planet and your ideal lifestyle.

RAGS TO RICHES shines bright light on leaders in textile upcycling.  Learn from entrepreneurs, manufacturers, suppliers, authors and activists offering alternative options in textile consumption, options that support entrepeneurs and our environment.  Establish tangible next steps to uplevel your upcycling business.  Myth-bust limitations with creative inspiration and submerge yourself in the company of awesome people.  

GO FROM DREAMING TO DOING
Tell me if this sounds like you:

You are committed to addressing our environmental crisis with your creativity and need help building your textile upcycling business to support the planet AND make enough money...

Creating in your textile upcycling studio is definitely your happy place. The idea of making a meaningful living there is a dream.... but you look around at the piles and wonder, is it even possible? Where do I start?

You want to be a part of our environmental solution and strive to live gently.  You are eager to network, learn and support purveyors that truly share your values and design sense... 

Your IRL friends think you are a little nuts for pursuing your textile upcycling goals. You know that the cause is not only worthy, but oh so necessary. You're hankering for people who 'get' you so that you can grow your business with support and inspiration.

Believe me, I get it.

That's why I created RAGS TO RICHES, the textile upcycling summit.  Hosted online for three full days of carefully curated professionals sharing their savvy so that you can: 

Grow a financially viable business expanding your impact

You don't have to work harder.  Learn about how the right tools, content, and focused clarity can turn your struggle into a solid dependable income that supports you, your creativity, and the planet.

Be inspired by those who are doing it.

Learn what goes into a successful business right from the start.  Dive into varying business models, tools for profitability, online presence and messaging techniques. Walk away with solid next steps to up-level your upcycling game.

Source your ideal upcycled materials.

Understand the thrift stream, connect with suppliers, consider collaborations, look beyond the thrift store for landfill disruption. Produce consistent makes, expand production, and increase efficiency with a clear formula for material collection.  

Get confident with your worth and the value of your makes

Bring a new level of confidence and clarity to your business with an abundance and self-worth based mindset.  Set yourself up for success with simple tools to reframe challenges and soar toward your ideal life.  

MEET YOUR MENTOR

Hi, I'm Crispina. I'm in the business of helping recycled textile artists become successful entrepreneurs.

I'm a recycled textile activist, industry professional, and entrepreneur who has dedicated my life to using sustainable materials and recycling textiles. I've been doing this work for more than 30 years...long before any even uttered the words, "up-cycling" or "eco."


My ultimate goal with RAGS TO RICHES is to reduce global textile waste and show others how to do it too. I've worked with some of the biggest names in textiles: Patagonia, Eileen Fisher, Timberland and Crate and Barrel and share everything I know with recycled textile artists so they can become successful entrepreneurs. And save the world at the same time.

Psst! Wanna know something?

It is not even that hard to increase income and grow impact with textile upcycling with the necessary tools, audience and mindset.

The Rags to Riches Textile Upcycling Summit is here to show you just that - AND teach you how.

After attending RAGS TO RICHES you'll know...

Presenter: Nicole Snow - Darn Good Yarn

YOU ARE A PART OF OUR ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTION

Textile upcycling entrepreneurs, thinkers, authors and activists expand our knowledge of careful consumption. Your awareness of and support of alternatives to fast fashion build a movement... you're an environmental solutiontionary.

Presenter: Janelle Abbott - JRAT

A DEPENDABLE METHOD FOR SOURCING GOODS/MATERIALS

Reliably source materials beyond the thrift-stream, Network with, and support upcycling brands that align with your values and aesthetic, Understand the power of your purchases.

Presenter: Kathleen Tesnakis - Ekologic

CREATIVE TEXTILE UPCYCLING IS A VIABLE, SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS OPTION.

You'll hear from makers who have traveled diverse paths to arrive at their business sweet spot being financially sustainable and defining success on their own terms.

TANGIBLE NEXT STEPS TO UPLEVEL YOUR UPCYCLING 

Listen and learn from the pros as they share specific expertise that will engage, inspire and help you know the importance (to you and the planet) of taking your textile upcycling up a notch.

Presenter: Elle Litiatco - ELLERALI

"Our sacred duty, as humans, is to bring our home planet into environmental balance with inventive wonder, nourishing our lives and community with creative potential."

CRISPINA FFRENCH - I BELIEVE MANIFESTO
VIRTUAL, INTERACTIVE, TEXTILE UPCYCLING SUMMIT april 20-22, 2022

RAGS TO RICHES 

Day 1 - Wednesday APRIL 20 

Why Upcycle Textiles?  

Leading Authors, Activists, and Makers share why this work is important.  Learn from those who have overcome hurdles, developed non-traditional business models and expanded their reach within the textile upcycling arena to foster rippling change while generating an income from what was once seen as a liability.  You will walk away energized by entrepreneurs who have built businesses that serve their audience, lifestyle and our planet - and some practical advise for next steps with your 'numbers'.

Day 2 - Thursday APRIL 21 

The Transformation of Textiles.... of Waste... of Mindset  

Peek inside the creative processes of a covey of important Textile Alchemists sharing their stories of textile transformation as their livelihood.  Witness passion, commitment, business savvy and a shared mindset that sees possibility where muggles see none.  These leaders' transformation goes far beyond product making.....  You will walk away from Day 2 with an awareness of value, in yourself, your product, your community, and your contribution to our global shift toward mindful textile consumption and environmental balance.

Day 3 - Friday APRIL 22

Live a Meaningful (and comfortable) Creative Life

Be inspired by today's presenters to build your textile upcycling business to a comfortable creative lifestyle with healing, connection, possibility, and awareness built in.  Histories and legacies tied together with unapologetic promotion of a gentle-living, entrepreneurial lifestyle. We will hear from activist, entrepreneurs and manufacturers who are making waves, having fun and healing our home planet.  

 BONUSES: 

60 Days FREE Curious Membership in Stitcherhood 

Crispina's Stitcherhood Recycling Society is a membership community for textile upcycling entrepreneurs growing businesses that support their ideal lifestyle, audience and our planet.  Enjoy conversation, resource sharing, tutorials, member and guest profiles and connections that grow into friendships.  60-Day membership with your ticket purchase.

TEXTILE UPCYCLING DIRECTORY

Rags to Riches Textile Upcycling Summit lauches a brand new and comprehensive Textile Upcycling Directory.  Listings include contact information, profile pic, links, materials used, textile materials sought and what you have for sale or to support. Easily sorted, consistently updated, a valuable resource for networking, material collection, sales and support.  Listings and access available to attendees and presenters.

SUMMIT RECORDINGS

Video recordings of RAGS TO RICHES presentations will be hosted in the RAGS TO RICHES portal located within Stitcherhood Crispina's Recycling Society.  Access to recordings is maintained with membership in Stitcherhood.    

RAGS TO RICHES WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU SEE UPCYCLING

Be inspired by leaders in the textile upcycling arena.  You will come away with tangible next steps to uplevel your upcycling.  Entrepreneurs. rest assured that your textile upcycling business can support you, your audience, and our planet.  Citizens, support businesses that align with your values addressing global textile waste.  Together we are changing the world.... one t-shirt, pair of jeans or sweater at a time.   

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