GILBERT, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- After more than 30 years as an executive in the fashion retail industry, Kari Castillo had grown frustrated with the time away from home and the politics that came with corporate life.
Wanting to spend more time with her family and to better scratch her creative itch, she decided to pursue her dream of starting a home business.
Renegade Remnants was born.
Renegade Remnants in Gilbert makes beautiful one of a kind clothing using Indigo Batik fabric imported from West Africa.
“As soon as I saw and felt this unique fabric, I knew it would make beautiful clothing,” said Castillo.
Renegade Remnants creates everything by hand from vests to jackets, crop tops and serapes to fun embellishments on re-purposed denim items.
Renegade Remnants makes denim jackets for ladies and girls, but a favorite are the jackets and overalls for infants. These popular items often sell as soon as they are made.
Kari had just started to work with the indigo fabric when she had a revelation that would change the way she approached the business. It was the realization that the fabric was the color that represents awareness for Autism.
That holds a significant meaning to her because her son Sterling has Autism. In fact, Renegade Remnants donates a portion of the proceeds of each blue item sold to Autism Speaks.
In doing so, Renegade Remnants is not only raising funds for the cause, but also raising awareness.
Kari says that during shows, a large number of customers talk to her about autism, many of them sharing their own stories.
Sharing these stories helps to build a community because they say it takes a village to raise a child. But with autism the bigger and stronger the village, the better it is for these special needs children and adults in the future.
Renegade Remnants does not have a brick and mortar location but takes part in shows like Junk in the Trunk and the Phoenix Flea.