No matter what the year or season, the concept of vintage clothing remains a timeless showstopper. It seems that nostalgia will never quite go out of style, and fashion lovers around the world will flock to anything older than 20 years. While no trend-follower is a stranger to vintage clothing shops and the thrifting culture that surrounds them, perhaps retro garments can be given a new life? Recent years have given rise to up cycled vintage clothing. The following brands have become famous for putting a spin on the concept of vintage clothing by giving these pieces a brand new life.
Re/done is a luxury clothing label that is best known for vintage denim. The brand was born from the idea of transforming the high-end fashion space with originality and sustainability. Born in 2014, Re/done collects vintage pairs of Levi’s, giving them a new life by re-dying, distressing and re-fitting each pair. The result is a collection of current denim styles made sustainably from old garments.
By breathing new purpose into vintage Levi’s, Re/done presents a new take on the concept of high-end clothing, reminding consumers that true luxury stems from sustainability, authenticity and craftsmanship. The brand has diverted over 150,000 pairs of jeans from landfills by doing so.
I Stole My Boyfriend’s Shirt (ISMBS)
ISMBS lives up to its lovable namesake by introducing the idea of sentimentality to the up cycling of vintage pieces. This brand focuses on sweatshirts and tops, reviving old garments with vibrant new colors and hombre washes by hand in California. However, the brand takes things a step further by offering custom embroidery.
Few clothing brands feel more person than ISMBS. Knowing that the piece you are wearing has a story to tell is interesting enough, but having a hand in redesigning it makes it feel all the more special.
Fanfare takes the vintage up cycling idea and aligns it with the face of a designer Esther Knight. She focuses on reworking pieces of denim and turning them into true works of art in a sustainable manner, sometimes by embroidering jeans with bulky yarn or tearing them to bits and using them as ornamentation on another garment.
This high fashion take on the upcycled clothing model has not gone unnoticed by the media, with Knight and her designs appearing at London Fashion Week.
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