secondhand clothing

Ahead of Ban on Used Clothing Imports, Tanzania Trains Youths to Sew

Photo by Annie Spratt/Unsplash As East Africa braces itself for a looming ban on imported secondhand clothes and shoes, Tanzania’s government is kick-starting an initiative to…

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Vetements Designer Made Art From 17 Tons of Used Clothing

If you’ve ever wondered what 17 tons of used clothing looks like, Maja Weiss has got you covered. The Vetements designer recently held court at the Copenhagen International…

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Pratt Student Responds to "Fast Fashion" With Upcycled Thesis Collection

SLOWING DOWN FASHION Burton described an overseas trip as a turning point in her journey as a designer. “I had the opportunity to go to India and there I visited some factories…

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Amy Ward's Upcycled Knitwear is Big on Drama, Small on Footprint

Ecouterre is a media sponsor of the EcoChic Design Award As one of 10 finalists for the 2015/16 EcoChic Design Award, Amy Ward knows her way around textile waste. Born and raised in…

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Can the Resale Economy Make Fashion More Sustainable?

If the success of Japanese decluttering expert Marie Kondo is anything to go by, overstuffed wardrobes are the new gauche. But where are those items that no longer “spark…

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Massive "Clothing Spill" Illustrates Importance of Reusing, Recycling

SPILLING OVER Together with its nonprofit partners, Savers diverts more than 650 million pounds of reusable goods from North American landfills each year, according to the company,…

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Upshift Swap Shop Ships Gently Used Clothing to Your Door

Photo by Shutterstock Sustainable shoppers in Madison, Wisconsin have enjoyed trading in quality clothing at Upshift, but soon swap savvy shoppers across the country will be able to…

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Re/Done Transforms Vintage Levi's Into Modern-Fitting Jeans

Re/Done is more than just a denim label, but rather part of the sustainable fashion that transforms aged denim into stylish and creative new looks. The Re/Done team take apart denim…

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Celebrity Friends Hold "Super-Classy Yard Sale"

Gwyneth Paltrow is “consciously uncoupling” with some things in her closet, and she’s encouraged some of her famous friends to do the same. In a repeat of last…

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"Divergent" Actress Shailene Woodley "Exclusively" Buys Used Clothes

Photo by s_bukley/Shutterstock “Kitson? Yeah, that’ll never happen. I exclusively buy used clothes. I’m going to be a citizen of this planet, and I’m going to do…

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La Poubelle Offers Vintage Clothing From a Refurbished Trailer in Brooklyn

STANDING OUT What first attracted you to vintage and secondhand fashion? I loved the thrill of the hunt, and also finding things that no one else had. I was very into fashion growing up…

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Sentimental Value: New Exhibit Explores the Stories Behind Used Clothing

Photo by Shutterstock Do you care about connecting with your clothing or would you rather wear it without a second thought?  Most people would say the latter. In fact, when it comes to…

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Pat Robertson: Vintage-Clothing Buys Might Be Infected by Demons

Beware the Ghost of Thrift-Store Past, warns televangelist Pat Robertson. On an episode of The 700 Club on Monday, the 82-year-old advised viewers to pray over purchases from Goodwill,…

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The No. 1 Rap Song in America is About Thrift-Shopping

A song about the joys of thrifting is currently the No. 2 most popular song in America, according to Billboard’s Hot 100 music chart. It’s also the nation’s leading…

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"Re-Commerce Boutiques" Put a Fresh Spin on Consignment Shopping

Move over eBay: The next wave of resale shopping is here. Akin to brick-and-mortar boutiques, Twice and Threadflip auctions for more personalized shopping that reaches a broad audience…

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NYU Students Launch "Sloth," a Campus Thrift Store to Slow Consumption

Thrift stores abound across the United States, but Sloth has aspirations beyond buying and selling secondhand clothes. Based in New York University, the campus-run outfit is the…

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge...Secret Thrift-Store Shopper?

Is the Duchess of Cambridge an undercover patron of thrift stores? Undoubtedly, according to Grazia Daily, which tracked her gray National Portrait Gallery coat-dress—a design by the…

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X-Factor’s Paula Abdul Recycles Her Clothes, Loves Vintage Fashion

What gives Paula Abdul that elusive “X factor” on the red carpet? Turns out, it has something to do with the way she mixes vintage pieces with modern trends. “I love…

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