Ungalli Clothing Co. GIVEAWAY

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Canadian based Ungalli Clothing Co. describe their brand as 'a fierce determination to change the way people think about their clothes', offering a range of casual and active wear made from recycled plastic bottles, recycled cotton, and scraps from cotton factory floors.

Based out of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Ungalli Clothing Co. designs and produces a collection of t-shirts, sweaters, hats and tanks using 100% sustainable materials.

I first heard of Ungalli Clothing Co. on Instagram, intrigued by their designs inspired by African nature, and the recycled material used to produce them.

:: Ungalli "Sinbad" Men's Short Sleeve T-shirt ::

The two ladies behind Ungalli Clothing Co. are Hailey and Bree Hollinsworth, sisters born and raised on a farm in Northern Ontario, Canada surrounded by horses, hayfields, and the scenic Kaministiquia River.

:: Hailey and Bree Hollinsworth, Ungalli Clothing Co. ::

Hailey and Bree have shared their inspiration, vision and beautiful story behind their unique brand with Recycled Fashion readers:

What inspired you to start your clothing line?

Our mother read us a story every night about a group of African animals struggling through a great hunger.  The childhood story that inspired our business idea is called The Name of the Tree by Celia Barker Lottridge. The story takes place during a drought in Africa and none of the animals can find food or water.

:: The Name of the Tree by Celia Barker Lottridge ::

All the jungle animals decide to work together to find food and they come across a tree filled with luscious fruit. The branches are too high for any of the animals to reach and the tortoise remembers his great, great grandmother telling him to chant the "name of the tree” to get the branches to come down. Only the king of the jungle knows the name of the tree and all the animals must come together to find the king. After finding out the name of the tree, they all chant the word and see the branches lower before their eyes. The name of the tree is Ungalli and it is seen as the animal’s saviour from starvation. This is exactly the message Ungalli Clothing Co. wants to represent. We want our customers to understand that we need to work together to make this planet a happier and healthier place for all.

:: Ungalli Clothing Co. ::

Who designed your clothing brand artwork and will there be more designs in the future?

Ungalli is incredibly lucky to have such a talented graphic designer as part of the team - Jordan Danielsson of Lost Art. Jordan is responsible for all custom clothing designs and product layouts. Jordan has already established quite a reputation and continues to emerge as a leading creative mind in the ThunderBay area as a graphic designer, creator of his own clothing line (Lost Art),and as the designer of Ungalli Clothing Co. There are many more exciting designs in store for the future including 3 new ones that will be printed for Christmas 2014 on hoodies, zip-ups, and long sleeves. Ungalli’s vision could not have come to life without Jordan!

Do you only sell online or do you stock in stores / sell at markets?

Ungalli sell’s online as well as at markets, carts and kiosks in malls, with plans to sell wholesale into stores where the brand will be always be available.

Where are your clothes produced?

One of Ungalli's goals has been to keep all production in North America. So far we have managed to keep everything within North America, other than our trucker hats which we have imported. Everything else is produced in West Virginia and North Carolina, USA.

Do you donate a percentage of your sales to charity?

We donate $1 from each sale of specific charity inspired products. So the lion 'Sinbad' shirt will raise $1 from each one sold o Sinbads daily care, and the Born Free Foundation's future rescue missions. The sale of footprints and Gary Oak shirts go towards the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

What do you think is the greatest challenge in running an eco/ethical clothing brand?

The greatest challenge right now is competing with “green washed” products. Greenwashing is when a company or organization spends more time and money claiming to be “green” through advertising and marketing than actually implementing business practices that minimize environmental impacts. It’s really hard for consumers who are doing their best to be kind to the planet to navigate through the “eco friendly” clothing world. Having said that, consumers are getting better at spotting green washed products, and we are always excited to meet customers who truly understand the impact they make by choosing recycled or upcycled clothing.

:: Ungalli Women's Back Long Sleeve T-shirt ::

What are the future plans for Ungalli Clothing Co.?

The Ungalli team is dedicated to creating a line of sustainable and casual clothing that defies all misconceptions that eco friendly clothing is “earthy” or “crunchy”. Doing good for the world by changing what you wear, does not mean you have to sacrifice your style and the way you express yourself to the world. We believe that sustainable fashion should be suited to your everyday life, no matter where that life may take you. Ungalli plans to keep moving with fashion forward designs, connecting with new charities and organizations we can help, educating people on sustainable fashion, and adding more variety to our line. This winter we have winter hats, scarves, hoodies, zip ups, long sleeves and jewellery in the plans too.


Hailey and Bree have kindly offered to worldwide giveaway a Ungalli Clothing Co. clothing product to one Recycled Fashion reader. To enter, follow the steps below

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T-shirt to Treasure: Upcycled Macramé Necklace Workshop with Colour Box Studio

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Kirri-Mae Sampson of Kirri-MaDe has developed an upcycled t-shirt necklace design that blows all others out of the water.

 :: Kirri-MaDe Upcycled T-shirt Necklaces ::

Using the art of macramé, ethically minded creative Kirri-Mae has developed an on-trend statement necklace design using unwanted t-shirts no less.

Obviously a design like this would not be simple to master at home, unless you were already skilled in macramé craft, which is why you should join me in Kirri-Mae's brand new T-shirt to Treasure: Upcycled Macramé Necklace Workshop held in conjunction with Colour Box Studio on 25 October 2014.


That's right my friends, you too could go home with your own eco-fabulous statement piece, with the added bonus of taking away a new craft skill to try out at home. Kirri-Mae's 2.5 hour class will take place at Pozible's Headquarters in Collingwood from 1 - 3:30pm at a cost of $60.  T-shirts will be provided, or you can BYO tee if you prefer a specific colour.

Book your place here. I hope to see you there!


Garage Sale Trail 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014

It has been 4 years since the first Garage Sale Trail kicked off in Bondi in May 2010, encouraging Australian households, schools and community groups to declutter, reuse, recycle, meet their neighbours and make some cash.

:: "The Stylist's Closet" Garage Sale, Bondi.  Image c/o facebook.com/GarageSaleTrail ::

According to a recent Newspoll survey commissioned by Garage Sale Trail, two thirds of Aussies aged 18-64 say they have “too much stuff at home and not enough space for it all”. The survey also found that 86% of Australians have at some point either “bought things they end up not using or hardly using at all” (87%) and “bought things on impulse and then regret it”. Ouch!

On Sunday 25 October 2014, it is expected that upwards of 350,000 Australians will take part in the 4th annual Garage Sale Trail. With the support of over 120 councils, this is an opportunity to see millions of pre-loved items sold across the country, generating an average income of $323 per seller, and a chance to connect local sellers and buyers in local neighbourhoods.

Garage Sale Trail 2014

Do you have a bunch of old gear worth selling? Would you like to partake in a little guilt-free local community shopping? If you do, you can register your garage sale and check out the sales that will take place in your area here.

Want to see my favourite garage sale purchase? This gorgeous skirt for a dollar:

That I refashioned into:


More on that project, here.


Emporium Melbourne Launch by Baz Luhrmann

Friday, August 22, 2014

When an invitation arrives for what is pegged to be Melbourne's exclusive 'party of the year', directed by creative visionary Baz Luhrmann, this is serious business.

 :: Image c/o Emporium Melbourne ::

Baz Luhrmann, better known for his role as Director to some of the most elaborate and glamorous Hollywood movies such as The Great Gatsby, Australia, Moulin Rouge, Strictly Ballroom and Romeo + Juliet, put together a magnificent launch of the Emporium Melbourne; the newest retail development in the heart of the city.

Naturally, an invitation to such an event requires a certain dress code, and in this case the invitation came with a wardrobe instruction 'reimagined glamour'. Reimagined, in my thoughts, would mean giving something old a new style, which is easy given the philosophy of my own wardrobe. I chose to wear:

:: Image c/o UrbanListMelbourne ::

Black Top Shop Dress, eBay 
Scarf, Gifted 
Yellow T-bar Heels, Vinnies
Karen Millen Fluffy Collar Coat, Old

:: Shameless Bathroom Selfie ::

Given the exclusivity of the party, we were not allowed to bring a guest, however, fellow blogger and pal Maria aka Sleekit also received an invitation, so the two of us donned our glad rags and set off for a mid-week night of red carpet shenanigans.

Baz certainly knows how to to party, we were treated to never ending top ups of Chandon served by suited men on roller-skates, glitter falling from the ceiling, show girls, a trapeze artist, war-era dancers, live music, a live DJ, a fine food banquet, singers, fluorescent horses with break-dancing jockey's and statuesque ladies wearing over-the-top fascinators, stunning ladies stamping grapes in a huge barrel, a fine damsel with huge hair draped across a piano and lots more that we probably missed.

We are still buzzing from the Baz quite frankly, and can honestly say, that was a night to a remember.

If you'd like to see more, check out hashtag #emporiumbybaz on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter to see other party pictures of the night.

Shared with the lovely Patti's Visible Monday

The Best Eco-Friendly Fashion Labels Every Girl Should Own

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Guest Post: The Best Eco-Friendly Fashion Labels Every Girl Should Own by Suzy Walsh

By now, the world knows the extent to which Stella McCartney has gone to promote her love for animals and green fashion. However, she is not the only one marketing eco-friendly fashion as the coolest thing, other brands and labels are doing their bit too. If you love your fashion to be without any guilt, this is a list worth keeping a note of, for the some of the best eco-friendly and green labels available.

Kowtow: If you love organic clothing and cotton, this is a brand that you would like to own. There are some great elements of minimalism in their work, which will be appreciated by a segment. Organic clothing or best available cotton clothing is one of the best ways to show that you care.

:: Kowtow ::

Study NY: This is a brand that belongs to designer Tara St James, who has been using organic cotton and hand-dyed fabrics along with recycled materials to create amazing pieces. The products are made locally in NY, and the designer herself has developed a program of helping emerging designers to do more with eco-friendly fashion. For those that already know, the unique shirt dress from this brand proves to be a popular choice.

:: Study NY ::

Freedom of Animals: The name of this brand says it all, and this is an accessory label that lives up to the name. The bags from their collection are everything you would call classic, but what makes them special is the use of organic cotton and post-consumer polyurethane material. Their bags are a little expensive for sure, but when you care and favour hard work coupled with a choice to produce goods using ethical material, this is a brand to recall.

:: Freedom of Animals ::

Mina + Olya: This is a brand that you will hear time and again in many of the fashion circuits, as a luxury sustainable label using eco-friendly materials for all products such as organic cotton, silks and wools along with milk fibre. However, that doesn’t mean they are low on the fashion, they bring a lot of tailoring effects that you would associate with one any top designers. The designer duo behind the label, Mina Yazdi and Olya Dzilikhova, must be applauded for all the good reasons.

:: Mina + Olya, image credit www.elle.com/fashion::

Riyka: If you love geometric patterns, this brand gives you everything. Based out of London, they use some of the best available organic and recycled materials to make quality products. Add to that, collections are produced by the designer duo in their UK studio, so when you wish to buy one of their pieces, you know the hard work that has gone into the production of your new garment. Their styles are classic and fun adding a chic look to every day casual wear.

 :: Riyka ::

The author, Suzy Walsh, is an expert fashion writer who has been writing for trends, rules and much more for many years. She is currently associated with The House of Elegance Fashion.

5 Business Shirt Refashions

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Mr Recycled gave me a bag of business shirts he no longer wears; "any good for your sewing projects?", he asks. A year or so ago, I would have jumped all over that idea, giving my sewing machine a refashion project workout. With a small baby to raise, school chores to attend to, and articles to write, no sewing takes place in this house right now, so instead Salvos Stores have acquired a bunch of business shirts for resale.

Fast forward, or perhaps back a few years, when I will be / was sewing with the best of the them, the first stop would be the WWW, sourcing upcycle inspiration from the likes of pinterest, cut out + keep and similar.

Men's business shirts are often made using quality fabric (often 100% cotton) which makes up for the lack of interesting pattern or colour found in most shirts.

I have a round up here of 5 business shirt refashions that I've either had a go at before, or would like to, when time permits:

5 Business Shirt Refashions

1. The Sh-kirt 

One of my favourites, turning a button down shirt into a skirt by removing the top and arms, under each armpit, then adding casing for an elastic waist. Project details here

2. Sleeveless Blouse

This was a project I completed following Extra Petite's DIY tutorial. Sleeves were removed, and armholes closed using bias strips made using the fabric taken from a removed arm sleeve. Darts were added for a better fit, and a I made a removable neck-tie using the other removed arm sleeve.  Project details here.

3. Cuff Coin Purse

:: From upcycleyourlife ::

Cute coin purses made using the cuffs of old business shirts. These would be great to make using arm leftovers from another business shirt refashion. See more here and here.

4. Child's Dress

:: From Dana Made It ::

I adore this gorgeous child's dress, made using an old business shirt with an added yellow fabric waistband. See the full project and more stunning photos here.

5. Adult Shirt Dress

:: From MyPoppet ::

I just love this one hour shirt dress project by Cintia over on MyPoppet (who is by the way, currently sharing a Thrifty Kid sewing series that you really need to follow). Cintia took one of her own dress shirts, cut away each sleeve and a section from the bottom, and stitched in the bottom half of a dress she no longer wears. In just one hour, Cintia made herself a chic summer dress to wear. Imagine the possibilities using other combinations following the same technique. See Cintia's how-to here.

Readers, if you have any business shirt refashion favourites, whether they be your own projects or others, feel free to leave a comment below with a link.


Recycled T-shirt Scarf Necklaces by Madja Kancir

Sunday, August 3, 2014

I've talked about recycled t-shirt scarf necklaces on the blog before, and even had a go at making one myself.

When Croatian based Madja Kancir shared her 'Happy Recycled Homemade' page on Facebook, I noticed her t-shirt scarves are a little different from the norm, with perfect little circle 'flower' embellishments added to her necklaces using the same t-shirt yarn in complimentary colours.

Madja has quite the following on Facebook, the only place she sells her products, with over 9,200 followers. She has been making recycled accessories for three years, initially using old t-shirts from her husbands wardrobe, now sourcing t-shirts in second hand shops.
Madja tells me her best sellers are larger necklace scarves with complimentary wrap around flowers. 

Due to the success of social media networking, Madja has sold her wares to customers in distant shores including USA, Canada, Germany, Slovenia and Switzerland.

Follow Madja's beautiful work on Facebook, and be sure to mention Recycled Fashion should you decide to buy a piece!


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