The TCBL Community is built on a set of 7 principles that we have identified to capture these shared values:


Curiosity /

Creative exploration of new paths, roles, social constructs and business models. Learning-driven action research as a way of life, including learning by errors and mistakes. Learning as both an individual and collective endeavour.

Viability /

Things should stand on their own feet, but can do so by equally increasing the prosperity of businesses and the well being of communities; this is our ultimate goal. Importance of both monetary and non-monetary transactions.

Durability /

Commitment to the environment, towards circular economy and zero km. Above all, reduce consumption and a consumption-driven culture, work towards sustainable fashion. Reduce waste, design for durable relationships.

Multiplicity /

Value of different cultures, traditions, opinions. Roles for both professionals and amateurs, different labor specializations. Designing for diversity of needs and tastes. Allowing for multiple business models to co-exist.

Openness /

Trusting others by sharing of resources and information. Search for common processes, platforms and standards: interoperability. Participatory decision-making, using social media, connecting with others. Transparency in business practice (such as in sourcing, pricing, etc.).

Respect /

Protection of privacy, authorship, and IP. Dignity of the individual, power of social knowledge. Value of place and territories. Caring for things, establishing emotional links with the clothes we wear.

Responsibility /

Commitment to reliable, trustworthy, professional behavior. Accountability for the consequences of our actions. Responsible design, responsible production, responsible selling, responsible consumption.