deadstock fabrics

Aarli: Upcycled Streetwear That Promotes Australia's Indigenous People

LOCAL COLOR Besides nurturing Aboriginal talent, Aarli also uses only indigenous models in its campaigns. By doing this, Cowlishaw says she hopes to not only preserve and promote the…

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Two Dutch Designers Are Hacking "Fast Fashion" Brands Like H&M, Zara

Photos by Johannes Schwartz A pair of Dutch designers are turning the tables on “fast fashion.” Tired of playing the role of “unpaid vendors of ideas” for…

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5 Pieces, 30 Outfits: Vetta Offers The Ultimate Eco-Capsule Collection

READY TO WEAR Made in New York City’s historic Garment District from Tencel and deadstock fabric, Vetta offers a V-neck blouse that can be worn forward or backward, a short-sleeve…

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Finalists of 2015 EcoChic Design Award Turn Upcycling Into an Art Form

Sara Kiani from the United Kingdom created this dress and pleated jacket from secondhand hotel linens. “I became deeply shocked at having followed the big environmental and social…

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Hana Mitsui Uses Japanese Weaving to Recreate Fabric From Waste

RAGS TO RICHES Japanese peasants employed sakiori from the mid-18th to 20th centuries at a time when resources were scarce and the cultivation of cotton difficult. Like the…

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PeSeta Turns a Beret Into a Record Player for Marc Jacobs Collaboration

Ian McKellan’s doppelgänger wearing a beret-turned-turntable? If any situation called for a record-scratch sound effect, it’s this. The comical tableau, part of a short…

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Dirtball Wants to Make Jeans in the U.S.A. Using Recycled Water Bottles

Jeans are a wardrobe staple; who doesn’t have at least a pair or two (or five)? But in addition to being popular, traditional jeans also happen to be pretty bad for the…

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Korea's Re;code Upcycles Deadstock Fabrics Into Modern Masterpieces

Upcycled fashion is at the heart of Korean fashion brand Re;code. The team began after realising just how much of the “dead stock” in the fashion industry – even of their own…

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Nasty Gal Teams Up With Reformation to Create Upcycled Cool-Girl Looks

REFORM SCHOOL A black-and-white polka-dot jumpsuit dares to bear a plunging V-neck halter. A satin bomber jacket is soda-fountain-ready with “Girls” embroidered in…

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Sword & Plough Hires Veterans to Repurpose Military Surplus Into Bags

As an ROTC member studying at Middlebury College in Vermont, Emily Nunez found it difficult to relate to her classmates her commitment to the military. In an effort to bridge the divide…

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Svilu's NYC-Made Eco-Fashion Gives Tomboy Style a Sophisticated Twist

Both with backgrounds in design and fashion, Cosgrove and Polo wanted to create a brand that reflected their own ethical values. “We’ve always lived a sustainable…

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Jesse Kamm Exemplifies California Cool With Her Handprinted Eco-Apparel

CALIFORNIA COOL Kamm admits she never set out to be a “green designer”; the collection just evolved the way. “I was raised that way, and so was my husband,” she…

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Urban Outfitters Recycles Deadstock Fabric Into Vintage-Inspired Dress

Imagine once upon a time, tea cakes, love, happiness, and rainbows all compressed into one adorable little dress and you have the Shangri La by Urban Renewal, a division of Urban…

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Shaina Mote Resurrects Decades Past With Clothes From Deadstock Fabrics

For Los Angeles designer Shaina Mote, who spent much of her childhood weaving baskets from pine needles, the art of creative reuse was something she mastered from a young age. So it…

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Ruffeo Hearts L'il Snotty: Upcycled Spandex for Everyday Superheroes

If the comic-book blockbuster Kick-Ass has you hankering for spandex and superheroics of your own, Ruffeo Hearts L’il Snotty will suit you up in no time. The New York City-based…

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Farm Tactics' Upcycled Bags Are Battlefield Tried and Tested

Designed for the battlefield, these vintage military deadstock fabrics now see a different kind of action: as stylish, functional bags for dudes that won’t have folks questioning…

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