What is Essential?


Is your zipper broken? Repair it.
Can't repair it? Recycle it.
Have to buy? buy something truly special (something that works and is crafted to last)

Our goal is zero waste.

At Collection we develop methods and materials to make products that can last a lifetime—and get better with age. Our goal is zero waste—we’re not there yet—so we cut waste at every step of the manufacturing process. Learn more.

Social Equity

Support an ethical production line.

When you buy products from Collection you are ensuring that the folks who manufacture the line have quality jobs with voice, agency, and equity. We’re growing the largest cluster of democratically-run industrial workplaces, employee-owned businesses, and worker-owners in the United States. We wouldn’t have it any other way. Learn more.


Be big by being small together.

Cooperation + Competition = Coopetition. Every single product we make is proudly manufactured in Western North Carolina by a network of mill owners, pattern makers, label producers, and suppliers joining together to lift up each other’s work and band together to manufacture on a large scale once again. That’s what inspired our name, Collection, where we bring together what matters. Learn more.