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Date Established 01/2022
Founder Sarah Mattes
Industries
Fashion
Sustainability
Website https://decodenim.com
Press Contact Sarah Mattes
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About

Deco Denim was created when our founder Sarah saw a hole in the current market. Plenty of brands are beginning to talk the talk of sustainability and slow fashion, but many don't actually walk the walk. The following values are at the core of everything we do:


  • Sustainability
  • Inclusivity 
  • Transparency 
  • Ethical fashion

These aren't just buzzwords for us, we work hard to ensure they're woven through Deco Denim at every level in everything we do. Here are just a few examples of this: 

Sustainability

  • We use Hero compostable packaging to ship all orders 
  • Minimal textile waste through designing strategically 
  • Textile scraps are repurposed into products when possible (like the Zipper Pouch in our Indigo Collection!) 
  • Additional textile scraps are donated to Blue Jeans Go Green to recycle denim & reduce waste that would otherwise go to a landfill 
  • Committed to using at least 90% cotton fabrics (currently using nothing but 100% cotton). 

Inclusivity

  • Expanding into additional sizes in the future is one of our goals, but we currently offer extended sizes up to 3X in some garments
  • We use masc sizing, and our products are designed to be worn by anyone and everyone

Transparency

  • We don't use photo retouching to remove blemishes, smooth skin, or alter the appearance of our models in any way
  • We don't pin garments on our models to change their fit during photoshoots. What you see is how they fit! 

Ethical Fashion

  • We only partner with mills & manufacturers that compensate their workers fairly 
  • Our products are made only using sustainably sourced materials 

 

We're proud to be building a brand that truly stands for something, but we still want to continually move the needle forward. As we continue to grow and evolve, we already have our sights set on some benchmarks of success, both in the near and long-term future. 

Founding Story

Sarah, the founder of Deco Denim, graduated from San Francisco’s Academy of Art with a BFA in Fashion Design. She’s positioned herself in the fashion industry over the years having interned with Gwen Stefani’s label L.A.M.B and then moving onto Old Navy, Gap Outlet, Banana Republic Outlet, and Gymboree before landing her dream job at Levi’s.

"While at Levi's I did everything from reporting on trends, working on design collections, supply comments for shade reviews, designed back pocket embroideries, selected hardware and denim, and managed fittings." 

Her time at the legendary denim brand was invaluable. It also shed light on how the fast fashion industry decimates even the most well-respected brands. She witnessed how forecasting each season resulted in the overdevelopment of fabrics, excessive use of water for washing and chemicals for dry processing.

Sarah took her established brand insights and knowledge and made a move to Gustin - a rising company with a different philosophy to jeans. Here, she learned about the art and love of premium denim made right—ethically and with the best possible materials.

"While with Gustin I helped source fabrics and new factories, wrote copy for product campaigns, designed new products and managed entire productions."

Still, she found herself daydreaming about what was to come. And after 15 years in the denim trenches, Sarah finally set her sights on her creating her brand, her way.

"Although I loved my time with Gustin, I couldn't stop thinking about how few brands were out there that embraced sustainable practices and ethically-made products. Not only that, but brands ideally should be empowering their customers to ask questions about how and where their clothes are made." 

Today Sarah is tackling everything that she sees lacking in the industry with Deco Denim—an ethical, sustainable, size inclusive and gender fluid brand with a mission to weave transparency and thoughtfulness in every stitch.

"I wish more people knew how much waste surrounds fast fashion; not just in production but also the sheer volume of what's donated or thrown away." 

Deco Denim hit the ground running in late 2022, and looking ahead Sarah has a clear vision for the future of her brand. 

"I would love to see Deco Denim outfitting everyone- all sizes and identities globally. I want this brand to be a resource for education about the fashion industry, to help people feel empowered to ask questions and dig deeper into what they're buying." 

Products

Selvedge Denim Tote Bag - Natural Handle.
Selvedge Denim Tote Bag - Natural Handle. $85.00
SELVEDGE DENIM TOTE BAG - BLUE HANDLE
SELVEDGE DENIM TOTE BAG - BLUE HANDLE $85.00
PATCHWORK JACQUARD TOTE BAG
PATCHWORK JACQUARD TOTE BAG $85.00
DECO DENIM ZIPPER POUCH
DECO DENIM ZIPPER POUCH $40.00

Team Bios

Sarah, the founder of Deco Denim, graduated from San Francisco’s Academy of Art with a BFA in Fashion Design. She’s positioned herself in the fashion industry over the years having interned with Gwen Stefani’s label L.A.M.B and then moving onto Old Navy, Gap Outlet, Banana Republic Outlet, and Gymboree before landing her dream job at Levi’s.

"While at Levi's I did everything from reporting on trends, working on design collections, supply comments for shade reviews, designed back pocket embroideries, selected hardware and denim, and managed fittings." 


Her time at the legendary denim brand was invaluable. It also shed light on how the fast fashion industry decimates even the most well-respected brands. She witnessed how forecasting each season resulted in the overdevelopment of fabrics, excessive use of water for washing and chemicals for dry processing.

Sarah took her established brand insights and knowledge and made a move to Gustin - a rising company with a different philosophy to jeans. Here, she learned about the art and love of premium denim made right—ethically and with the best possible materials.

"While with Gustin I helped source fabrics and new factories, wrote copy for product campaigns, designed new products and managed entire productions."


Still, she found herself daydreaming about what was to come. And after 15 years in the denim trenches, Sarah finally set her sights on her creating her brand, her way.

"Although I loved my time with Gustin, I couldn't stop thinking about how few brands were out there that embraced sustainable practices and ethically-made products. Not only that, but brands ideally should be empowering their customers to ask questions about how and where their clothes are made." 


Today Sarah is tackling everything that she sees lacking in the industry with Deco Denim—an ethical, sustainable, size inclusive and gender fluid brand with a mission to weave transparency and thoughtfulness in every stitch.

"I wish more people knew how much waste surrounds fast fashion; not just in production but also the sheer volume of what's donated or thrown away." 


Deco Denim hit the ground running in late 2022, and looking ahead Sarah has a clear vision for the future of her brand. 

"I would love to see Deco Denim outfitting everyone- all sizes and identities globally. I want this brand to be a resource for education about the fashion industry, to help people feel empowered to ask questions and dig deeper into what they're buying." 


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