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Origin of The Upcycler

Founder of RETHINK Kristen McCoy
Twelve years ago I made the decision that if I was going to be in the fashion industry, an industry I knew encouraged disposable clothing you had to rebuy every season and pieces often made from fibers that won’t decompose, that I needed to find another way…

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A Need to RETHINK Polyester

As I’ve been collecting more damaged clothes from the community for upcycling, I’ve been wanting to experiment with harvesting a garment, turning it into a new textile, and then making a design from that.
Old sweater from the closet revamp

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Couch Cover to Blazer

When you find an old couch cover on Nextdoor… Occasionally I scour Nextdoor to find textiles that people are getting rid of and that I think may have a hard time finding a new home. I reached out to the neighbor who was giving this away and said if nobody…

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Jane’s hand-me-down

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Quite often I like to use the phrase “where there’s a will there’s a way.” I get such a variety of projects, simple and complex and the amount of work that goes into the piece varies so much. It is not for me to decide what’s worth it, but instead what’s possible, and then you decide whether you want to move ahead with the project or not.

This jacket had previously belonged to Jane’s boyfriend, so as you can imagine there was some sentimental value to the garment, in addition to it be a really nice quality coat to begin with. I wanted to help figure out a way that this could be a wardrobe staple and fit her style, but clearly the jacket was way too big for her frame…

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