International startup leaves for Moroccan surf town to work on launch
Does a startup need a fixed workspace? Many would answer with a confident ‘yes’. Darpdecade however, a Groningen-based startup known for doing different things differently, has joined The Blue House, a residence in Morocco, where international startups can live, grow and work together ( www.bluehouse.io ) .
For the next two weeks the idyllic surf town Taghazout will be the backdrop of Darpdecade’s temporary office. “We believe that being accepted to The Blue House will give us a real boost. Life is all about stories and so are we,” explains Robin Balser, the co-founder of Darpdecade.
Darpdecade has grown popular amongst fashion enthusiasts in Groningen for its promotion of swapping and sharing vintage clothes. Each Friday and Saturday, their pop-up store, or “popup story” as co-founder Florian Wenzel calls it, at Steentilstraat 37-1 opens its doors. Here, visitors can exchange used clothing items – not by exchanging money, but by exchanging stories.
“For the past decades we’ve lived in a throw-away culture,” says Robin. “Clothing items have been more thought of as wrapping paper and less as useable, functional art.” By organising popup events Darpdecade aims to extend the life cycles of clothing items, inspire sustainability and create a “moneyless micro cosmos”.
In the meanwhile Darpdecade focuses on developing a mobile app through which you can swap garments by swiping pictures to the left or right. “It’s like Tinder for closets,” Florian states with a smile.
> One-minute interview with Founder Robin: https://vimeo.com/124090536
> Website: www.darpdecade.com
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Darpdecade is a peer to peer marketplace to swap and share fashion items, in a local area through a tinder-like application.