Interview with Martina of Bartinki EcoFashion

Monday, March 19, 2012

Readers, I've had my eye on Bartinki EcoFashion for quite some time now, and have been following Martina's journey.

Slovakian born Martina is a one woman eco-stitcher, spending her time scouring second hand fabric, and factory dead stock, to create one of a kind environmentally friendly clothing pieces in The Netherlands, where she now lives. She sells her wares in her online shops and local stores and blogs about it here.

Martina's style is quite unique, her signature pieces include upcycled men's necktie and zipper collars..

Unique collar with zipper - purple and peach orange - stripy silk - black silver zipper - one size fits all - by Bartinki - READY TO SHIP

Massive silk collar - zipper collar - upcycled silk and satin - unique piece - royal blue lime green black white - by Bartinki

The coolest leggings you ever did see...

funky dresses..

And jewellery pieces made with recycled and natural materials

Getting to know Martina a little better, she has kindly agreed to be interviewed for Recycled Fashion.

Can you tell us a little about who you are?

I was born in Slovakia, and that’s where I get my craft skills. Over years I moved within a few countries, mostly in Western Europe, and started to feel less comfortable with waste produced by our civilization and its approach to consumption. I decided to do something about my concerns and since I moved the country again, I decided to change also my career direction.

Can you tell us about your products?

The main point of my work is to upcycle... This means not only second hand clothing, but working with deadstock too. This is material mostly from fabric production excess, when good fabric became excessive just because of cancelled order of supplier or new stock in warehouse. I also work with new material with errors in print etc. These are good materials, and all I need is to work around to avoid problematic places. My products are made with intention to save this otherwise waste. I’m not a professional tailor, neither designer. But I love the challenge of working with limitations, when no two things can be the same.

Why is it important for you to incorporate recycled materials into your clothing line?

Living in Western Europe is big eye opener when it comes to consumption and waste. There are so many good, but rejected materials out there, that I’m wondering why more designers don’t use this source. It’s not only trend, it’s what we have to do, if we don’t want to end up living in one huge landfill. My beliefs in upcycling comes from my background – I grown up in last era of communism's in Eastern Europe, and we did recycling back then, not as a trend, but as a necessity. I still think the best recyclers ever were our grandparents – nothing teaches people to value things like poverty. This world has too much and people are forgetting that there’s no lunch for free.

What does the future have in store for Bartinki?

I hope to continue and develop what I’m doing now. I do what I do with passion, and appreciate peoples’ feedback. I supply local shops and also sell online – in future I would like to continue with this. But I wish to work more with people, doing workshops, showing them how they can refashion or reuse whatever they already have in their wardrobes. It’s just passing on the basics for modest living. I wish people value more what they have.

A girl after my own heart, Martina I wish you all the best with your eco-fashion label Bartinki, and your future.



my thrifty closet said...

wow...she is super talented. I am inspired by her creations!


Patti @ NotDeadYet Style said...

Wonderful interview - to "value more what we have" is a goal. I love her earrings.

Layla Janna said...

LOVE your blog!
xo, layla

Miss Peregrin said...

Wow, this stuff is amazing! Great interview.

Tiffany said...

This was really interesting, and the work looks great in the pictures. I always like to reuse things, and rarely throw out clothes without retouching them first!

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