Saturday, February 13, 2010

My New Designer Crush: Raquel Allegra

Raquel Allegra is a LA-based fashion designer who designs drapey, diaphanous, asymmetric, Mad-Max goddess-like tunics and tops. In the post-apocalyptic world of Mad-Max, people were forced to reuse whatever was available for clothing, transportation, homes. Raquel Allegra's designs also focus on reuse (or, "upcycling") - she takes discarded tshirts from LA county jails and stretches and distresses them into these amazing one-of-a-kind designs. I want one!! Looking forward to a sale some time soon since the full priced versions are a bit steep. But still beautifully sustainable.

(Picture from Loft in Soho)

In the mood for DIY? Check out the tutorial from Childhood Flames (this process takes a long time!) But, to stay with the sustainability theme, please don't buy a new t-shirt!! Thrift one or steal one from your man. ; )


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