ABOUT —

TômTex is a revolutionary, high performance, bio-based material created from seafood shells and mushrooms waste.

Founded by

Uyen Tran

TômTex was founded in 2020 by Uyen Tran. As a student at Parsons and later a designer at some of the US' top fashion houses, Uyen developed a sincere appreciation for and dedication to the form and design techniques that allow imagination and innovation to meet practical application on the human form.

A Problem in the Industry

However, something troubled her: in every studio Uyen worked at, fashion week, client needs and the bottom line always resulted in tons of waste. She saw fabrics she would have dreamed of buying herself discarded without a second thought. She learned that most of this waste contributed to the more than 16 million tons of textile waste the US produces yearly.

Lessons from Home

Uyen wanted to do something about the problem of textile waste and the overall system that creates it. When she was growing up, if something broke, you fixed it and didn't throw things away that could still serve a purpose. She grew up in Da Nang, Vietnam, in a community that understood that they lived in an ecosystem, not only with each other but with the earth itself and all the systems that make it up. She and many other designers took this perspective. They asked how to apply these ideals to all aspects of design, manufacturing, and life. The answer: circular, bio-based design.

Working in Collaboration with Nature

Uyen, with the TômTex team, developed the TômTex material, a one-of-a-kind circular, and bio-based design. TômTex emphasizes a circular business model, responsibly sourcing all of our ingredients and having transparency across our entire model. We use water-based green chemistry and collaborate with nature to develop materials that utilize molecules common amongst organic materials and safe, water-based green chemistry. Our fabrics are 100% bio-based and 100% biodegradable.

Founded by Uyen Tran

TômTex was founded in 2020 by Uyen Tran. As a student at Parsons and later a designer at some of the US' top fashion houses, Uyen developed an appreciation for the form and design techniques that marry creativity to practical application.

A Problem in the Industry

However, something troubled her: in every studio Uyen worked at, client needs and the bottom line always resulted in tons of waste. She saw fabrics she would have dreamed of buying herself discarded without a second thought. She learned that most of this waste contributed to the more than 16 million tons of textile waste the US produces yearly.

Lessons from Home

Uyen wanted to do something about the problem of textile waste and the overall system that creates it. When she was growing up, if something broke, you fixed it and didn't throw things away that could still serve a purpose. She grew up in Da Nang, Vietnam, in a community that understood that they lived in an ecosystem, not only with each other but with the earth itself and all the systems that make it up. She and many other designers took this perspective. They asked how to apply these ideals to all aspects of design, manufacturing, and life. The answer is circular, bio-based design.

Working in Collaboration with Nature

Uyen, with the TômTex team, developed the TômTex material, using a one-of-a-kind circular and method of design. TômTex emphasizes the circular business model, responsibly sourcing all of our ingredients and utilizing water-based green chemistry. Our fabrics are 100% bio-based and 100% biodegradable.

The TômTex timeline

7,000 - 2,500 BCE

Silk, wool, cotton and linen are developed and domesticated across the world.

Time immemorial

Animal hides and woven plant fibers are used by humans to protect the body from the elements.

2017- 2019

Uyen Tran attends Parsons and the Academy of Arts to study fashion design and is inspired by womenswear with a focus on tailoring and form.

May 2020

TômTex wins several awards, like The Biodesign Challenge, CFDA Innovation Award, and LVMH Innovation award.

Sept 2020

Uyen starts developing the product, completes the first prototype, and launches TômTex with Atom Nguyen as COO.

2021

Ross McBee joins as CSO and TômTex joins the incubator, Indie Bio, garnering investments from SOSV.

Today

TômTex closes pre-seed funding, works to build a team while finalizing version 3 of the TômTex material, participates in the first NY Fashion Week in collaboration with Peter Do, and starts phase 1 of manufacturing in Vietnam and Brooklyn.

2019

Uyen works on her thesis and begins to explore the world of bio-based materials, taking inspiration from the coffee grounds she threw out every morning, leading her to wonder, how could these be reused?

1907

Leo Baekeland invents the first fully synthetic plastic, Bakelite, a durable, moldable, brightly colored object made of dyed phenol-formaldehyde plastic.

1914

The first synthetic rubber-produced imitation leather, Naugahyde, is invented by the U.S. Rubber plant in Naugatuck, Connecticut.

1970's - 1980's

Anxiety in the US grows as consumers who become increasingly aware of the "forever nature" of plastic because of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and the harmful effects of BPA.

Time immemorial

Animal hides and woven plant fibers are used by humans to protect the body from the elements

7,000 - 2,500 BCE

Silk, wool, cotton and linen are developed and domesticated across the world

1907

Leo Baekeland invented the first fully synthetic plastic, Bakelite, a durable, moldable, brightly colored object made of dyed phenol-formaldehyde plastic.

1914

The first synthetic rubber-produced imitation leather, Naugahyde, was invented by the U.S. Rubber plant in Naugatuck, Connecticut.

1970's - 1980's

Anxiety in the US grows in consumers who become increasingly aware of the "forever nature" of plastic because of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and the harmful effects of BPA

2017- 2019

Uyen Tran attends Parsons and the Academy of Arts to study fashion design and was inspired by womenswear and a focus on tailoring and form

2019

Uyen works on her thesis and begins to explore the world of bio-based materials and took inspiration from the coffee grounds she threw out every morning wondering, how could these be reused?

May 2020

TômTex won several award like -the Biodesign Challenge, CFDA Innovation Award and LVMH Innovation award.

Sept 2020

Uyen started developing the product, completed the first prototype, and launched TômTex with Atom Nguyen as COO.

2021

Ross McBee joined as CSO and TômTex joined incubator, Indie Bio, garnering investments from SOSV

2022

TômTex closed pre-seed funding, worked to build a team while finalizing version 3 of the TômTex material, participated in the first NY Fashion Week in collaboration with Peter Do, and started phase 1 of manufacturing in Vietnam and Brooklyn.