We can either look at the large, black stockinette rectangle I finished to make this: (Check out the preview for Noni’s spring 2007 collection, too.)

Felted bagette

Or you can endure more eco-posturing. What’s it going to be?

Just as I thought. Pressing on…

The fashion world is greening up in a big way, so much so that it would be impossible to list all the newly minted boutiques and designers in the eco-sphere. Instead of looking at folks making new clothes, I wanted to highlight apparel manufacturers who are going above and beyond by rescuing elements from the waste stream and rethinking them. Some pieces work better than others, as you will see. But, I think you’ll find that the spirit of thrift, creativity and humor contained in these collections is most enlivening. And please submit your own suggestions.

Herewith, a list of of designers and purveyors of repurposed threads:

Sun Moon Lake—Recycled cashmere quilts and other accessories. Stunning!




Ecoist—Repurposed candy wrapper accessories.

Preloved—Redesigned vintage clothing and sweaters from Canada. repurposed sweaters, etc.

SuperLuckyCat—A full line of one-of-a-kind pieces sourced from vintage and remnant fabrics and clothing

Cat’s Pajamas—Re-imagined denim and stuff

Ekologic—Lots of rouched pieces made recycled tees, cashmere sweaters, cotton shirts, etc.

Vy & Elle—Cool bags from recycled billboard vinyl


Potential Fashions—Skirts from recycled men’s suit pants, hoodies from recycled sweatshirts, girlie jackets from recycled denim and men’s sports coats. From Denver.

Rethunk—Trash into treasure accessories. Denver-based. 

Mona Lucero—Recycled crochet-afghan skirts, vinitage necktie belts, skirts and bags from vintage fabric and scarves

Sparrow—Vintage re-thread tops and bottoms. 1608 East 17th Ave., Denver. No web site. 



Comments (3) -

April 24. 2007 00:47


I have several felted sweaters that just need to have a lining sewn in....maybe today will finally be the kick in the butt that I need?

I like those Noni patterns- the new ones- but I wonder, where exactly, can a girl get away with carrying one?  It seems like not much further than a coffee shop.  Is that mean?

Cathi |

April 24. 2007 08:27


Those bags are so cute!  I would totally carry one around..but then again I'm in LA and have been known to carry around a fuzzy blue mohair clutch.  Just sayin'.  

Thanks for sharing the links!

Christie |

June 29. 2007 11:20


cute-as-a-button but never seemed to date so was he straight or gay or scared or stunted? Another mutual friend, who had such

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