Greener Living

16
JUN
2011
Woman wearing vintage style fascinator by House of Lily

Handmade fascinators by House of Lily Millinery

It’s Royal Ascot week and despite the appalling British weather, ladies from all over the UK are donning their heels and show stopping hats in the hope of standing out from the crowd. A perfect time therefore to highlight a fine example of upcycled millinery from House of... Read More →
12
JUN
2011

Re-worked: Experimental textile design

I’ve just been introduced to a fascinating creative collaboration called Re-worked by Scotland artists Sara Nevay and Nicola Reed which has earned them a Dundee Craft Makers Award.  The project explores ideas of ‘preciousness’ in vintage and modern materials by... Read More →
08
JUN
2011

Rewriting History: Jewellery from vintage artefacts

These beautifully crafted items are the handiwork of Edinburgh based Clare Hillerby.  Having sourced postcards, letters and envelopes, handwritten by unknown characters, she extracts the fragments of text and combines them with metalwork to create new contemporary stories.  Above... Read More →
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04
JUN
2011

Clothes made of rat skins?

  A myriad of talent has graced the catwalk in St Martin’s Church for Brighton Fashion Week this year.  The biggest moment however has to be the culmination of the couture show last night, with a controversial collection from Jess Eaton.  After the success of last... Read More →
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03
JUN
2011

Brighton Fashion Week 2011

It’s time to venture south once more for Brighton Fashion Week 2011.  After the innovative ‘Trashion’ show last year, I’ll be keeping an eye out for sparks of genius with all things reclaimed, repurposed and upcycled.  First up though, a record is broken... Read More →
01
JUN
2011

Re Ribbons: Michelle Lowe-Holder

Loving the beautiful Spring/Summer 2011 collection ‘Summer Ribbon Reclaim’ from Canadian designer Michelle Lowe-Holder.  She cleverly utilises offcuts from previous collections and end of line cuttings to craft dynamic and individual, sustainable statement pieces.... Read More →
25
MAY
2011

Salvaged Swatches: Upcycled fashion by Piece x Piece

  Piece x Piece (Piece by Piece) is a fab fashion line by San Francisco designer, Elizabeth Brunner.  The unique and contemporary designs respond to the vast amount of fabric swatches discarded each season by the fashion industry.  The fabric used in each piece is selected from... Read More →
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24
MAY
2011

Washer Woman

From tool box to jewellery box – Additions is a range of contemporary jewellery made from recycled washers and hardware – perfect for ladies who love a bit of industrial chic. Take a look at the full range on Etsy here.  Image via Etsy Read More →
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17
MAY
2011

Bags made from upcycled leather jackets

Love these! Bags by Hoakon Helga incorporate vintage and recycled materials, particularly vintage leather jackets.  The line is named after the designer”s grandparents and strives to achieve respect for the past and future by using sustainable methods. Images via Etsy Read More →
15
MAY
2011

Outerwear by Christopher Raeburn

The London skies have been threatening to rain all day so it seemed like an ideal time to be highlighting some superb outerwear from Christopher Raeburn‘s Spring 2011 collection.  The highly acclaimed British designer uses decommissioned military uniform and parachute... Read More →
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04
MAY
2011

Reclaimed on the Red Carpet

Hats off to Livia Firth for wearing another fabulous eco ensemble to the NY Met Ball. Stella McCartney rose to the Green Carpet Challenge with a jumpsuit made of 100% organic silk and hand-embroidered reclaimed vintage beads.  The detachable skirt is Abaca fibre (or Manila hemp)... Read More →
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27
APR
2011

Ring pull regalia

Da-Lata make bags and accessories from recycled ring pulls.  These come from cans that are collected from the sunny Brazilian beaches and bars by a small army of people known as ‘catadores’ (Brazilian for ‘can pickers’).  Waste picking is an official... Read More →
25
APR
2011

Elvis & Kresse: Bags made from fire hose material

A prime example of high end Upcycling is the Fire-Hose range by Elvis & Kresse – now sold in Harrods.  The collection comprises luxury lifestyle accessories made from genuine de-commissioned British fire brigade hoses which would usually be destined for landfill.  50%... Read More →
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18
APR
2011

Broken china made into jewellery

In the likely event of a riotous tea party (royal wedding here we come) broken crockery is usually deemed pretty much useless once its shattered into tiny pieces. But not according to Laura Beth Love, creator of Dishfunctional Designs. These unique jewellery items are made from... Read More →
09
DEC
2010
Rucksack made from hessian coffee sacks by Lost Property of London

Upcycled hessian coffee sack bags by Lost Property of London

On a recent mosy around Liberty I came across Lost Property of London by British designer Katy Bell.  These super stylish bags are made from 100% recycled South American fair trade coffee sacks, vintage leather jackets and remnant printed florals. Images via Lost Property of London Read More →