textile recycling

22
AUG
2013

Floral Patchwork Arm Chair

Loving this joyful handmade floral patchwork arm chair.  This eye catching piece is made up of remnants from Indian fabrics and comes in three designs, all with walnut legs.  Purchase it now for £390 at Rockett St George! Images via Rockett St George Read More →
11
AUG
2013

Upcycled sailcloth bags by Lost Property of London

Lost Property of London by Katie Bell continues its trademark ‘Rough Luxe’ aesthetic with their SS13 collection.  We love the colours chosen for the Envelope pictured above which is made from vegetable tanned leather and upcycled sailcloth, also available in... Read More →
10
JUL
2013

Reet Aus upcycled clothing from pre-consumer waste textile

Reet Aus is an Estonian fashion designer who has carried out doctoral research in creating upcycled clothing on an industrial scale.  Not only has she founded Trash to Trend, a community-cum-digital-platform that seeks to extend the lives of production offcuts, she has also... Read More →
24
JUN
2013

Sustainable fashion at Brighton Fashion Week 2013

This month I attended ‘Sustain’ – Brighton Fashion Week‘s first ever show dedicated to eco fashion design.  As expected, there was an exciting concoction of upcycled pieces from the elegant to the extraordinary demonstrating that making use of reclaimed... Read More →
21
JUN
2013

Reclaim to Wear upcycled clothing at Topshop

Reclaim to Wear has once again partnered up with Topshop for another fantastic upcycled capsule collection which launched yesterday at the Oxford Circus store.  Reclaim To Wear was launched in 1997 by Orsola de Castro and Filippo Ricci to find design solutions to the problem of... Read More →
05
JUN
2013

Upcycled fashion by Globe Hope

Globe Hope is a 10-year-old Finnish company that designs and manufactures a huge range of upcycled products, from bags made of used advert banners to earrings made from computer keys.  There are some fantastic clothes made from deadstock and reclaimed fabrics too, including items... Read More →
24
MAY
2013

Brighton landmark adorned with clothes for art installation

This weekend marks the end of this year’s Brighton Festival.  One of the highlights for me was seeing this artwork by one of Finland’s leading artists Kaarina Kaikkonen.  She uses everyday objects such as second-hand clothing, toilet paper and women’s shoes to create... Read More →
09
MAY
2013

SS13 upcycled fashion from Antiform

Another bold collection from the Leeds based upcycled fashion label Antiform for spring/summer.  This season boasts the Clash Cardigan – a cross between a cardigan and shrug made from reclaimed Yorkshire-knitted cotton with super-soft reclaimed grey stripe jersey lining. ... Read More →
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02
MAY
2013

Homeware made from Thai rice bags at Habitat

Great to see this exclusive range of products at Habitat which are made of bright and colourful recycled, traditional Thai rice bags.  This includes the Tung 5-pocket concertina planter in blue or yellow (£12), Tung storage box (£20-£22), Tung round strawberry planter (£15) and... Read More →
26
APR
2013

Upcycled fashion at Vancouver Eco Fashion Week

Wednesday marked the end of Vancouver’s Eco Fashion Week (6th edition), a non-profit organization dedicated to stimulating the growth and development of sustainable practices in the fashion and clothing industries. “The clothing, textile and fashion industry... Read More →
23
APR
2013

Orsola de Castro speaks at The School of Life

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... Read More →
08
APR
2013

Accessories made from tarpaulin scraps by Real Deal Brazil

The lived-in ruggedness of pieces by Real Deal Brazil are what make them so appealing. The original Real Deal tarp heat (as seen on actor Woody Harrelson in the film Zombieland) is described as “sort of like a fedora, sort of like an Aussie Outback hat after a full day... Read More →
31
MAR
2013

Vintage fabric cushions by Mutton and Lamb

Mutton and Lamb is an Oxford company specialising in handmade vintage fabric cushions.  All the fabrics used have had ‘previous lives as drapes and curtains, fringed bedspreads, tablecloths and tea towels.’  What a great way to memorialise the unique character of... Read More →
22
MAR
2013

Billy Blankets contemporary quilting

Loving these patchwork Billy Blankets which offer a contemporary twist on traditional quilting.  They’re available at the beautiful shop Specks and Keepings in Baltimore, Maryland.  The large blankets are made from recycled fibre and cutting room scraps and also have a blue... Read More →
20
MAR
2013

Toys made from reclaimed fabrics at SMUG

Camden Passage in Angel offers a string of beautiful independent boutiques, all of which are certainly worth a look should you find yourself in the vicinity.  SMUG is a concept boutique with a lovely collection of products on offer, notably these fabulous toys made from vintage... Read More →
16
MAR
2013

Elizabethan inspired upcycled jewellery by Michelle Lowe-Holder

This latest collection from Michelle Lowe-Holder for spring/summer 2013 is our favourite so far, and the Elizabethan styling for it is perfect. The beautifully crafted collection is aptly named ‘Elizabeth’ and draws on English heritage and Tudor detailing, “It... Read More →