What is Upcycling?
Posted on March 20 2012
I had a déjà vu moment today when I woke up and checked my inbox. I came across this inspirational article from Ecouterre. The topic was about upcycling tips for emerging designers. This particular article was a great reminder that upcycling as a method for creative fashion design can still be achieved and admired.
I started Mei Vintage with the vision of turning the old into something new. The focal point of my design was to incorporate vintage kimonos and turn it into a unique collection of earthy timeless handbags. At first it sounded like a simple idea, but the process turned out to be not so simple. It was a challenge to find unwanted materials and keeping production methods as cost effective and sustainable as possible. With a lot of research and determination, I finally had a clear vision. The result was to use a combination of new, recycled and organic materials while keeping all production locally. During this process, eco-designer Orsola de Castro has truly been a huge inspiration to me. She has proven that upcycling can be a beautiful process and unwanted production waste can create a product of higher quality. Here’s a recent article from Ecouterre highlighting Orsola De Castro and her 5 tips for designers seeking to reduce their waste footprint: