GDS Cloth Goods Tells the Story of Textiles

Geana Sieburger’s aprons, smocks, jumpsuits, and reusable coffee filters are beautiful inside and out.


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Photo by Lance Yamamoto

Geana Sieburger wants everyone to know where and how textiles are made, since as a culture, “we are so separated from where things come from.” Her company, GDS Cloth Goods, offers aprons, jumpsuits, smock dresses, and reusable coffee filters made out of cloth. Every element in the production cycle is carefully overseen. For example, Sieburger’s Ebb coffee filter’s lifecycle begins with cotton plants grown on a collective of organic farms in Texas, fibers of which are woven into fabric in a mill in South Carolina. That fabric is cut and hand-sewn in a workshop in Oakland. Just as the farm-to-table movement has connected people to the source of their food, GDS’ mission is to clarify the production cycle of all textiles.

The Brazilian-born designer started GDS five years ago, while she was working as a buyer at Britex Fabrics in San Francisco. Sieburger combined experience in the textile industry with a California College of Arts-trained artistic eye to create her line of ethically made and sustainable cloth products. To start her own business, she took courses at Uptima, an entrepreneur boot camp in Uptown, and made the leap to GDS full time three years ago.

GDS’s Porto Alegre line of aprons are zero-waste designs. Scrap fabric is used to make the seamless front pockets, and instead of hardware, knots are used to adjust the straps to fit any body. All seams are hand-finished, so that the inside of any GDS product is as beautiful as the outside. The Ebb organic cotton coffee filter, which is flannel on the inside and nubby on the outside, is a sustainable alternative to paper filters and is offered in four sizes to fit most brewing devices.

Fostering community is also an essential part of GDS’ ethos. Sieburger teaches workshops on sustainable design and textiles for adults and children and dreams of procuring a larger production space with a public element, such as an education workshop with an interactive museum environment for young people.

You can find GDS Cloth Goods’ products at Preserved, Kosa Arts, and Morning Tide, as well as the Temescal and Grand Lake farmers markets. Check GDSClothGoods.com for market dates and upcoming workshops and events.

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