Little do people know, but the fashion industry is the second-most damaging industry in the world, next to oil. From production to disposal, the "fast fashion" movement has made cheap the norm, and now lives and the environment is at stake.
According to the documentary True Cost, “The World now consumes about 80 billion new pieces of clothing every year. This is 400% more than the amount that we consumed just two decades ago.” According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 15.1 million tonnes of textile waste was generated in 2013, with the average person throwing away 82 pounds of textile waste each year.
The MOD system is Ki’s answer of sustainable fashion to the rapid growing problem of fast fashion.
This is a story about a group of people who love to explore, and wanted to do more with their clothing.
Back in 2016, founder Kelvin Li was getting ready to travel the world: go cross oceans, hike treacherous mountains, and look for lost paradise. While getting ready, he was struggling to pack his belongings for maximum options but occupying minimal space.
He went on the hunt for multi-purpose clothing that can adapt for his changing conditions, but the only thing that he could find were zip-off pants that were only available in the same shape, and in the same shades of black, grey, or khaki.
Kelvin believed that he could create something better. He set out to form an all-star team to develop this vision. Thus, KI was born, and the team got to working on what is now known as the MOD system.
Meet Dylan, Alice, and Kelvin.
Some say they are a match made in heaven, but we say we are a match made through nonsense..
With respective degrees in business, fashion communications, and economics, the team wanted to create a new way for users to interact with their clothes. With a joint interest in exploration and exercise, the team took inspiration from robotics and architectural design to bring the concept of modularity to clothing, starting with a modular tracksuit.
Kim is our head of production, an experienced veteran with over 20 years in fashion production. As one of the best in Toronto, she has worked with countless fashion designers, from luxurious womenswear, to now innovative activewear. As an entrepreneur, she runs a lean and mean practice with her team of local artisans.