Friday, July 1, 2011

The following guest-post from Gillian of, outlines a brief selection of fashion designers working with recycled materials, which are featured on her site is a resource website which brings together on one site, beautifully crafted clothes and accessories that make a positive social and/or environmental impact on the world.

"I’ve worked in Retail for the past 20 years and in the past few years, I’ve been lucky enough to meet people who are really trying to make a positive impact in the world of fashion. The first person I met who started the ball rolling, was Orsola de Castro. Orsola set up a brand called ‘From Somwhere’ and as she would say, creates something beautiful from rubbish. Taking scraps of luxury fabrics that would otherwise have been thrown away, she makes beautiful clothes including the dress Livia Firth wore to the Oscars. Taking eco-ethical fashion to a broader market, she helped set up Estethica, the ‘green’ area at London Fashion Week.

I then started looking to see if anyone else was ‘recycling fashion’ and discovered a world of creativity. Junky Styling is probably one of the most well-known brands that recycle shirts, suits and ties into eye-catching fashion. Their last collection was held in an old brewery and had a vintage airline feel but the clothes were anything but vintage!

Junky Styling

Traid, the organisation with a number of ‘charity shops’ around the UK set up ‘Traid Remade’ where fashion students are given the opportunity to recycle customer donations which may have had limited shelf appeal into something unique. It’s great to know that you’re not going to bump into anyone else wearing the same thing as you! Recycled fashion isn’t limited to clothing; numerous brands are creating accessories too. Bottletop uses ring pulls to create bags and belts that really stand out from the predictable ‘designer’ labels and Cameron Saul who helps to run it has a great pedigree as the son of Mulberry founder Roger Saul.

Made UK is a jewellery brand that recycles brass objects into desirable necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more and has recently enlisted the model Laura Bailey to design a range.
These are just a few of the brands on All brands are carefully vetted for their eco and/or ethical credentials before being accepted on the site and they all have a special story to tell. There are almost 200 brands on the site, something for everyone - women, men and children. As all our high streets begin to look the same and it’s becoming harder to find those gems you cherish for years, brings a unique high street to your your P.C. and it’s open 24-7." Gillian

Thank you Gillian!

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