Slow Fashion Upcycling Denim Jean

500  word research paper

Nearly one and a half year ago, I learn about how fast fashion make us over-consuming and over-spending, and also make most of us follow every changing of new trending cycles. I begin to ask more questions about where my clothing came from, what it is made of, and who made it. Basic on my research, people often throw away many of the cheap prices and the poor quality items without second thoughts, and these trendy throw-away are fulfilling our world. And the production process creates demand for a whole supply chain of destruction, from planting heavily sprayed monoculture crops like cotton to pouring toxic dyes into rivers.  Yet there is a conundrum: if we buy less, that’s great for the planet but bad for not only the economy overall, but the millions of people who rely on the manufacturing industries for their livelihoods. upcycled fashion become one of the most innovative ways to maintain economic growth without being destructive. Upcycling is a way of processing an item to make it better than the original. In the example of clothing, this is often taking something that doesn’t fit or is stained/torn and refashioning a wearable product from it. Upcycling can be done using either pre-consumer or post-consumer waste or a combination of the two. Pre-consumer waste is produced while items are being manufactured (such as the pieces of fabric leftover after cutting out a pattern) and post-consumer waste results from the finished product reaching the end of its useful life for the consumer (such as a T-shirt that doesn’t fit anymore).

There are plenty of benefits to this, including:

  • Sustainability – Upcycling reduces clothing and textile waste by reusing deadstock or gently used fabric to create new garments and products. Making a single cotton T-shirt requires over 700 gallons of water, whereas using a pre-existing T-shirt to make something new requires nearly no water. In addition, upcycling can divert some of the 85% of textile waste that ends up in landfills.
  • A Cheaper Wardrobe – Upcycling can be less expensive since used or pre-existing materials are typically a fraction of the cost of newly-made materials and textiles.
  • Uniqueness – Upcycling requires creativity to envision the potential of existing materials to create something new and beautiful.

Here are 2 innovative, environmentally-responsible upcycled fashion and accessories companies that are transforming the industry stitch by stitch. They use deadstock or leftover materials and employing undeserved workers.

  1. Refomation

https://www.thereformation.com/whoweare

Refomation is Created in 2009 by Yael Aflalo, they design and manufacture the majority of their limited-edition collections in their factory headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. All other garments are produced by responsible manufacturing partners here in the U.S. or abroad using sustainable methods and materials. They always source sustainable fabrics and vintage garments while incorporating better practices throughout their supply chain to make beautiful styles at a fraction of the environmental impact of conventional fashion.

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  1. Looptworks

https://www.looptworks.com/pages/about

Looptworks conceded they as a design brand have a mission: rescue premium excess materials and upcycle them into premium goods. Their sustainable, eco-friendly products are made in limited editions, and in the process save materials from landfills or incinerators. They stated that choosing upcycled goods over products made using virgin materials saves water and air. Here is the progress that they do:

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Basic on my research, I want to make a mini Upcycling collection using mainly denim.

Reference:

https://www.thereformation.com/whoweare#washSmart
http://daniellelvermeer.com/blog/upcycled-fashion-companies
http://eluxemagazine.com/fashion/fashion-brands-that-upcycle/
https://www.looptworks.com
Production schedule:   
Week 1 Nov 4th – Nov 10th: find use cloths / Jeans (mainly denim) in couple color way, sketch design basic on the garments I found
Week2 Nov 11th -17th: deconstruct all the garment within and basic on the sketch designs
Week 3 Nov 18th -24th : IN CLASS: NEED TO BRING IN ALL TOOLS INCLUDES SCISSORS, DOTED PAPER, PINS, AND ALL FABRIC MATERIALS.
                                         Make patterns, Start playing around in the dress form to create better outcome for the projects
Week4 Nov 25th – Dec 1st: IN CLASS: NEED NEED TO BRING IN ALL TOOLS INCLUDES SCISSORS, DOTED PAPER, PINS, SEWING KITS AND ALL FABRIC MATERIALS.
                                           Start final cutting, and sewing.
Week5 Dec 2nd – Dec 8th: IN CLASS: NEED NEED TO BRING IN ALL TOOLS INCLUDES SCISSORS, DOTED PAPER, PINS, SEWING KITS AND ALL FABRIC MATERIALS.
                                            Sewing and final touch
Dec 9th : final due

Production philosophy: 

Local, hand made upcycled denim. My goal is to make sustainable, eco-friendly products from denim jeans, yet they look unique and fashionable. 

customer statements: Women (18-40)

price points: $125-$300

Wearables:

denim jean, Vest, coat

Production system: upcycled Denim.

Time line: 2nd Sunday of every month, sales in flea Market in Rose Bowl Pasadena.  

Moodboard: upcycling moodboard.jpg

Swatches of textiles:swatch slow fashion.jpg

Illustrations:img_0216img_0217img_0218img_0219img_0220img_0221

Photographs:

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