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We're obsessed with the art of embellishment and have been experimenting with how it can apply to repair. Designers such as Area, Alexander McQueen, Simone Rocha, Tom Ford, and Prada (among many, many more) have inspired our latest repair techniques. We are excited to share a couple techniques including a DIY redesign of a torn cashmere sweater inspired by Area's crystal leopard FW20 detail coming later this month (check out our Youtube) as well as a Simone Rocha beaded bralette made entirely of vintage beads which we will unveil on our IGTV. For now, get inspired by our favorite beaded pieces and imagine a world where you can solve any rip, tear or hole with beads.


Area FW2020





Simone Rocha S21 RTW




Alexander McQueen F18 RTW



Alexander McQueen F20


Acne Studios S18




Tom Ford F20 RTW


Prada F20





Don't know what to do with that torn old favorite wardrobe staple of yours? Sign up for the workshop here!


November 14, 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 now in our store!


WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

Fabric scissors

Needle & thread

Embroidery floss

Straight pins

Tailors chalk

Ruler or measuring tape

Beads

Fusing


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


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 17, 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!


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