From the outside, R+D is about having fun: We use a lot of puns in our product names and social media posts. We want people to be able to find something that is affordable and unique to give as a gift to brighten someone’s day, add an accessory that makes them feel unstoppable, or be able to inspire someone to think differently about sustainability and manufacturing.
Behind the scenes, we’re quite serious about our commitments: to getting the details right, to the environment, and to our community. We take time to carefully design and craft our products that make for pieces people want to wear and use forever. We opt for raw materials that are better for the environment and our customers. And we firmly believe in community over competition--we’re apart of multiple local collectives and membership groups and even serve on the board of one of them.
From time to time you will see us advocate for issues that are near to our hearts and our experience. We feel that we owe a lot to the community that supports us and it is important to use the little voice we have to push for greater good. We are cautious about participating in "cause marketing" where it may look like we are trying to profit off of someone else's need or injustice. Rather, we hope to encourage others to engage in their community and experiences of others with the goal of lifting up one another. We won't be perfect but will always look to change for the better.