- The U.S. apparel business is a $12 billion industry
- 54 percent of Americans are overwhelmed by clutter
Consumerism is taking a toll on many families and their financial situations. Americans are constantly looking to purchase the next trendiest shoe or handbag, and yet, they still feel materially dissatisfied. According to a 2014 Gallup poll, 45% of Americans are spending more than they were a year ago, and only 18% say they are spending less. In fact, millennial are spending more on discretionary spending categories, such as clothing. As a result, individuals and families are left with a cluttered home with things they really don’t need.
We decided to tackle this problem by designing a mobile application for college students or young professionals, busy people who are often “on the go”. The main features include the ability to check your closet inventory before making a purchase and donating/trading unwanted clothes. Our solution provides people with portable access to the contents of their closet. They perform a closet inventory at time of installation, then record personal purchases and cross-reference items that they are interested in buying with their current inventory to make sure they avoid duplicate purchases.