On TheUp and up: Review of TheUp

My longtime friend Jalisa-Jasmin has recently launched an online clothing store called TheUp, that features remastered vintage items that showcase her unique personal flair for fashion. Many of the pieces she features are stylish and affordable on any budget. Whether you are looking for pieces to rock in a business setting or for a lunch date with your girls, she has something represented here for you. There are even some repurposed designer pieces in her repertoire. Since this site was recently launched, you can expect that the selection and item versatility will increase from here.

The Owner/Designer


A couple pieces…


My Native America Short



Arabian Nights: Red, White, & Elephant Crop Top



Polka Hot Top


These are one of a kind repurposed vintage finds, meaning there is only one of each. Once they’re gone, they’re gone! So go, go, go check out TheUp and if you like any of the items you see, don’t hesitate to push “add to cart.” They may be gone tomorrow!

**Sidenote**: Inspired by the research I did for my upcycling post, I will be launching a similar site in January 2013, so be on the lookout for that!

Until Next Time!


Fashion for the Planet : Upcycling

Upcycling is a new movement on the rise in fashion design where designers acquire previously used pieces or fabrics and update them to fit styles of today. Many designers see upcycling as a way to help the environment while catering to the popular demand for vintage style clothing and accessories. Many businesses have been started based on this design trend. Sites like acidlace.com and recycleboutique.co.nz are examples of these.

Etsy.com also features a number of sites that host individuals selling their own upcycled pieces.

Many people have taken to upcycling clothing because of its affordability.

Used fabrics, old items, thrifted items, can all be turned into new trendy additions to ones wardrobe, with a little DIY and an even lesser amount of cash. This is the beauty of upcycling in the more individual sense.

Others love the trend for environmental reasons, seeing upcycling as a great way to preserve our planet’s resources

Designer and creator of Vancouver’s Eco Fashion Week, Myriam Laroche, shares her sentiment for more environmentally conscious trends in fashion.

“Responsible fashion is about the treatment of people and the earth during the entire garment-making process,” said Laroche.

‘Responsible fashion’ seems to be very necessary since according to the Fair Companies blog, more than 20 million textiles are thrown away in the U.S. each year.

“It’s a shame [upcycled clothing] styles haven’t gotten even more attention given the fact that secondhand clothing is one of the greenest fabrics,” said blogger Kirsten Dirksten of Fair Companies, a site that advocates upcycling, “when you use old clothing as a source material, there is no waste involved in manufacture. Instead you are recovering what otherwise might end up in landfills.”

Though upcycling may seem like a small, possibly insignificant act toward environmental health, as it gains popularity, it actually may make more of an impact than expected. According to Worn Again, a blog dedicated to upcycling in the UK, every ton of discarded textiles reused saves 20 tons of C02 from entering the atmosphere.  With statistics like these, as well as more and more designers becoming earth concious in their work, it is highly possible that the continuance of the upcycling trend can significantly decrease waste and its harsh environmental effects.

More information on upcycling is available at http://www.wornagain.co.uk/blogs/worn-again-blog

or http://faircompanies.com/blogs/view/a-primer-on-upcycled-fashion-and-redesigned-clothing/ .