On Monday 29th April, internationally recognized opinion leader in sustainable fashion Orsola de Castro will be speaking at Alain de Botton’s The School of Life in London. Orsola is founder of Reclaim to Wear, upcycled fashion label From Somewhere and co-founder of Estethica, the sustainable fashion area at London Fashion Week.
Orsola will be speaking as part of John-Paul Flintoff’s World Changers series which profiles prominent individuals who have made a huge difference and believe that anybody could do the same. During the event Orsola will encourage participants to find creative ways to turn problems into solutions and how to find allies who can help you to make a bigger impact.
From Somewhere are rebranding and relaunching in early June with a totally innovative online concept. Orsola says, “The design team is led by Brandy Easter who graduated last summer from Central Saint Martins and who is an upcyclist through and through. I don’t think it’s ever been so exciting for us, not since we first launched to great acclaim in 1997.”
We asked Orsola for her thoughts on the future of upcycled fashion. She says, “Upcycling should not be seen as a sole solution, but as a way to integrate discarded textiles into normal collections, that way we will be really making the most of it’s potential. 100% upcycled collections are quite hardcore, so hopefully they will always be in a minority – best left to the specialists. I want to see, regularly, upcycled sleeves on a beautiful dress made with biodegradable fabrics, for instance. That way we can truly upscale it. That, to me, is where we need to go.”
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