Welcome to Shout Out. We've opened our studio doors to 12 talented women and given them a platform to push the boundaries of their creativity. Each month, we’ll release an exclusive original project – stay tuned to be inspired and amazed.
The classic Chuck Taylor has been reborn as the recycled Converse Renew. To celebrate, we've handed over to three women who are challenging the culture of fast fashion to show us how they renew what they do. Here are the first two.
My most recent collection is made from sustainable and locally sourced fabrics so I’ve created a limited capsule collection made from upcycled curtains, inspired by my customised Converse Renew shoes. As a young creative, I’ve learned how to use limited resources to my advantage. Repurposing materials can be unpredictable, you never know what or how much of a material you’ll find, so I’ve had to work harder to put together this project made from curtains I sourced from charity shops.
My independent brand, Loutre aims to minimise the impact we have on the environment by repurposing sustainable materials to create one-off skate pieces. These pieces inspire me to keep creating as sustainably as possible. Fashion is one of the most polluting industries on our planet but working with brands like Converse will soon spark change in the fashion industry. I’ve realised that being resourceful is the most rewarding thing about what I do.
25, Fashion Designer
The Converse Renew denim collection is upcycled from jeans from Beyond Retro. Inspired by that, I wanted to create a capsule collection, combining upcycled denim with my colourful graphic stitching. I really wanted to shoot the collection in local hair and beauty shops because they’re so full of colour and culture and I think we take that for granted.
My brand, MYAE, is a space for all my creative ideas to come to life and reflects what I’m doing at the time. I create designs that are original but still cater to a diverse range of women who need to be seen. I think people are starting to invest in one-off pieces and avoid fast fashion, especially those who are trying to be more sustainable. I hope I can continue to renew my practice and be part of this evolution.
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My Converse Renew shoot is set in a post apocalyptic world where fashion has been rebuilt from the clothing that has survived. Much like the Converse Renew shoe, which is made from recycled plastic bottles. My styling goes way further than just the look itself. I like to create fantasy worlds and think about the character – who they’d be in a movie. I’m constantly looking for ways to rework fashion’s systems to make them more sustainable. Whether it’s through supporting local sustainable designers or working with and wearing more vintage or second hand pieces.