Entries Tagged as 'Repurposed'

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

How to Host a Clothing Exchange

For the past few years, I’ve gotten together with friends every six months or so for a clothing exchange. Without fail, I always find a few things I love. I’m sure you’re all familiar with the clothing swap concept, and many of you have probably done it before, but I wanted to pass along how [...]

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

The Uniform Project: New Sustainable Style Icon

Last month about seven of my coolest friends pointed me to a site they knew I’d love: The Uniform Project. They were all incredibly right. As an exercise in sustainable fashion, Sheena Matheiken is wearing the same dress every day for a year — the charcoal tunic you see above. In her words: There are [...]

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Handmade Holiday: Letterpress, Knitting and Leatha

We started our communal handmakery last week. (Finally got my pictures uploaded.) This is going to be HOT! Our letterpressed gift tags are going to be a big hit. I can’t knit, but Jen is knitting a neck warmer for me to give to someone on my list! This old leatha skirt finally goes to [...]

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Happy Handmade Holiday 2008!

In the imaginary profile of my “ideal self,” I make lots of things. I sew lovely dresses, cook gourmet meals (complete with garnishes) and send handmade thank-you cards to everyone I appreciate. But my real self… doesn’t quite get there. What to do when I wanted to make as many handmade Christmas presents as possible [...]

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

Prairie Underground Behind the Scenes

In a sneak peek behind Prairie Underground‘s inner workings, the excellently conscientious online boutique Fashion Ethic posted a pic of how they received the brand’s latest shipment. In a reused cardboard box! Prairie Underground’s fall 2008 line (shown above) is now available.

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Red Leather, Yellow Leather, Recycled Leather

Leather jackets turned purses — brilliant! In 2005 Canadian designer Ashley Watson started sewing these beautiful accessories out of leather thrift store finds and officially founded Ashley Watson Recycled Leather a year later. Each piece is one-of-a-kind, one-hundred-percent recycled and incorporates detailing from the original jackets (as shown in particular below on the Brant). The [...]

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

Top Swap-A-Rama

Oh, to live in London! The newest reason (of countless) being that I could do the second-annual Visa Swap this summer. (And no, these words are not sponsored.) Beginning June 21 Londoners can take their unused high-fashion clothing to a temporary shop in Covent Garden where the value of the clothes will be credited in [...]

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

Urbane renewal

Yes, urbane renewal. The more I looked at the designs in my William Good entry, the less cool they got. And then in SF this weekend, I scoped out WG in person and saw more of the same — an indisputably fantastic concept that’s just not done quite right. The skirts, sweaters and button-downs are [...]

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

Be William Good

Joe Boxer who? Nick Graham, founder of the iconic ’90s undies brand, is back today under yet a new moniker: William Good. As in Goodwill. The new San Francisco-based brand is salvaging Goodwill discards from the area (some take the goods off the floor after 30 days) and creating new designs. As creative director, Graham’s [...]