Sustainable fashion and the Local Designer, Implications and Opportunities (Continued)

A suave ke bag
  1. Repair, Redesign and Up-cycle: So far, this is the first aspect of sustainable fashion that is within the buyers reach, and one we believe you are already familiar with. Have you ever altered an old cloth so it could fit you better and you can keep it longer. Be it resizing (popularly referred to as “shaping” in Nigeria), Repairing a damaged Zipper e.t.c. Well, that is what this aspect of sustainable fashion advocates for. The idea is that old articles of clothing not be dumped but reworked or repaired as the case maybe. That way clothes stay in use for a longer time and they are kept away from our waterways and landfills. This is not a new concept in Africa. It is customary for torn clothes to be stitched back and for oversized clothing items to be “shaped”. However fashion outfits such as Suave in Kenya is pushing the concept even farther. The brand makes income from up-cycling old clothes which are turned into unique bags.
Nina Gbor at a swap event
A vintage store owner

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