Any garment, from any brand in any colour. Yes, really!
Natural plant-based fibres work best like cotton, hemp or linen. Cellulosics like bamboo, Tencel or viscose also dye well as will any blend of natural fibres. Delicate fabrics are not recommended as they may warp or change texture.
Patterns and/or stains should turn pure black, but there are no guarantees as it depends on exact composition and may still be visible after dyeing.
Anything synthetic or protein-based will not dye - think polyester, lycra or elastane as well as wool / fur, silk or leather.
Blended compositions are a bit of a gamble and may end up patchy due to the natural fibres absorbing the dye but not the petro fibres. That said, we've tested jeans made from a 98% Cotton / 2% Elastane blend and it worked perfectly, though higher percentages are not guaranteed.
Trims like buttons, zips and labels won't dye either and often stitching threads are polyester (which won't dye) even if the garment itself is natural (which will). Leather patches (like on the back of your jeans) often shrink, and generally will need to be removed afterwards.
Black Fridye is only available to Australian residents at the moment.
If you're not lucky enough to live in the lucky country, you can show your love for the planet by getting on your DIY - supermarket dyes plus a few messy hours on the stove will get you a result, though it'll fade more quickly than our industrial process.
Alternatively, email us and apply to open a chapter in your country!
We've found that because clothing is pre-loved, worn & washed for some time prior, there hasn't been an issue with shrinkage. The majority of garments we dyed last year were jeans and there were no complaints.
Leather patches (like on jeans) will likely shrink and need to be snipped off - but no street cred lost though! We all know here that saving the planet isn't brand biased, so you can wear your values without a logo.
We use an industrial dye process which also includes washing and drying at high temperature to set the dye properly, making it completely colourfast and ensuring a longer lasting result than over-the-counter home dyes.
You don't need to wash your newly black garments before wearing them, but when you do, always separate dark colours to avoid colour transfer.
We can dye clothing with holes, rips and raw edges (whether that’s damage or by design) but please note the process is likely to accentuate any rips and holes and make them larger. If you can repair beforehand that's advisable.
We are looking into bundling a repair service next year... stay tuned.