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Updated: Oct 22, 2020

We are always inspired by Japan, everything from its art to its philosophies of design makes us want to keep creating. This month's Other Lives redesign workshop took inspiration from Kitsungi and Sashiko, two Japanese mending art forms.



Kintsugi is the art of highlighting an object's history and imperfections by mending it with gold. Flaws and areas that need mending are seen as an opportunity to create an element of beauty.


Sashiko and Boro also provided a tremendous fountain of reference for this workshop. Both are functional embroidery techniques that were created out of practicality to reinforce and mend old garments in the Edo Era in Japan. Designers such as Maison Margiela, Yohi Yamamoto, Haider Ackerman and Jil Sander have used similar embellishment techniques for hand stitching details on the runway.


Sashiko by Sashi.Co



19th Century Boro



Maison Margiela FW11 Couture



Yohji Yamamoto SS09


Haider Ackermann FW15



Dior Homme FW16


Jil Sander SS08



Embroidery repairs can be taken as far as the imagination will take you. We love these runway embroidery details from some of our favorite designers.


James T. Merry



James T. Merry: Metal Moth headpiece for Bjork


Maison Margiela FW14 Couture


Phillip Lim SS14




Don't know what to do with that torn tee or want to repair a pair of jeans? Sign up for the workshop here!


November 1, 2020

Learn how to repair your clothing through embellishment. In this workshop, we will teach you how to update and revive torn pieces in your wardrobe through hand embroidery. We will work on hand sewing backing, beading and handmade embroidery. Vintage Lurex embroidery floss and embroidery needle packs are coming soon to our store!


WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

Fabric scissors

Needle & thread

Embroidery floss

Straight pins

Tailors chalk

Ruler or measuring tape


Bring what you have and your curiosity and we'll create something new together!


Updated: Aug 18, 2020

From the mind of our very own in-house designer (Betsy designs both jewelry and clothing) comes the next Other Lives workshop concept - adding metal (in the form of chains, grommets, studs and safety pins) to your clothing.


We took inspiration from the ever ingenious Christopher Kane, who hasn't met a chain or rhinestone trim he didn't love, as well as Alexander Wang, Area, Alyx, JW Anderson, and Marine Serre. Check out our favorite looks below!


Christopher Kane FW18


Christopher Kane F19


Christopher Kane Resort20


Alyx SS20



AREA SS20

AREA FW19



JW Anderson FW20

Alexander Wang FW18

Marine Serre FW20


Monse FW20


Want to add a little metal to your wardrobe? Sign up for the workshop here!


AUGUST 29, 2020

Create a new piece through metal embellishment. In this workshop, we will teach you how to update tired pieces in your wardrobe by decorating them with metal findings you already have. We will work on silhouette manipulation, hand sewing chain fringe, safety pin embellishments and chain straps.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

Fabric scissors

Needle & thread

Straight pins

Metal Trims (chains, safety pins, broken jewelry, rhinestones, earrings)

Sewing machine (optional)

Tailors chalk

Masking tape

Ruler or measuring tape

For Metal Fringe embellishment: Any piece of clothing!

For Chain Straps: Spaghetti Strap, tube top/ dress, bralette etc (anything with skinny straps!)

Bring what you have, and your curiosity. We'll help with the rest!


Updated: Jul 25, 2020

This is a time to be comfortable, and what's more comfortable than a tee? We all have torn, faded and forgotten pieces of this classic staple in the corners of our closet, and we want to give you a reason to wear it again. Our inaugural virtual workshop (on July 25th) will do just that. Here are pieces that inspired this workshop from some of our favorite designers. We are excited to see where you take this inspiration!


GUCCI SS2020 RTW



HELIOT EMIL SPRING 2020




SUPRIYA LELE SS2020 RTW



OFF-WHITE S2020 RTW





RICK OWENS SS19 MENSWEAR



RICK OWENS S2018 RTW


DION LEE F2018




Want to join us in creating your own keyhole tee? Sign up here


JULY 25,2020

In this workshop, we will teach you how to update the most classic of essentials in your closet: the T-shirt. We will work on statement keyholes, length manipulation and basic embellishments.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

Fabric scissors

Needle & thread

Straight pins

Tailors chalk, design tape or a pencil!

Twill (or any other ribbon or cording you may have)

Sewing machine (optional)

Hope to see you there! Feel free to tag us (@otherlivesstudio) in your upcycling

experiments - we can't wait to see what you create!



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