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This Fashion Founder's Company Will Take Back Any Piece of Clothing at Any Time for Any Reason. Here's Why.

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10.08.2021

In 2018, Kristy Caylor and her co-founder Mary Saunders started closed-loop clothing company For Days to combat the rampant wastefulness of the approximately $1.5 trillion global fashion industry. Rather than selling customers more clothes than they know what to do with (the goal of many fashion retailers worldwide), For Days perpetuates an up-cycling system that keeps clothes from piling up in homes and landfills.

The idea is simple but revolutionary: For Days’ SWAP program allows customers to switch out any piece of clothing at any time and for any reason, and every item that’s sent back will be recycled. The company’s use of high-quality, sustainable materials makes the whole process possible, and its commitment to reusable packaging and company-wide carbon offsets further minimizes waste.

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Caylor’s journey to co-founding For Days began over 15 years ago; after graduating with degrees in industrial engineering and painting, obtaining a certificate in fashion design, then receiving her MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business, Caylor started her career at Gap. Her diverse educational background allowed her to jump in with both feet.

“Gap’s a really well-established, well-oiled machine in so many ways,” Caylor says, “and I had such an unusual skill set, so I could do everything from writing a business and financial plan to discussing creative components. I got to be a little entrepreneur in residence there and launch and grow businesses. It was such a cool experience.”

After a couple of years as merchandising manager of Banana Republic’s petites division, which grew into a $100 million business........

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