After working for several years as a tailor straight out of fashion design school, Stevie’s ever growing concern about textile waste came to the forefront when she saw the heaps of denim scraps that would immediately get sent to landfills after they were hemmed for customers at the tailor shop she worked at. Seeing this high quality, brand new fabric wasted was heart breaking for Stevie. She began to collect bundles of denim scraps each week thinking she could use it in someway.
Eventually, Stevie began to create patchwork fabric with all her denim scraps and then designed various garments and accessories with this fabric. This upcycling process saves approximately 10-15lbs of denim from being thrown out every month per tailor shop she works with!
#REMIXbyStevieLeigh is an ongoing process. She is currently working on setting up a system to collect denim scraps from more tailor shops as well as branching out into upcycling knit jersey t-shirt scraps as well.
Stevie’s vision is to remix the classic American uniform of a t-shirt and jeans and to create new looks while avoiding textile waste. She sees a future where the fashion industry is mindful of it’s waste and sustainability efforts and is constantly innovating for that future.
#REMIXbyStevieLeigh can currently be found at various Arts Markets in Massachusetts as well as online.
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