If you’ve been on our website recently, you may have noticed that we now sell a range of unique upcycled vintage products. You may never have heard of upcycling, so we’re going to give you a bit of an insight as to why you should purchase such clothing items on your next online shopping spree.
The history of upcycling
Upcycling dates way back to the 1990’s and later became a mainstream trend in 2002 when William McDonough and Michael Braungart wrote ‘Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things.’ This book became a phenomenon and teens everywhere jumped on the upcycling craze.
So what exactly is upcycling you may ask? Well, quite basically, it’s the act of regenerating a clothing item to extend the life of the piece and turn it into something completely unique.
It’s become quite a craze with students too, who perhaps don’t have the cash to splash, so upcycling their old bits and pieces by adding rips or stitching can completely transform an item of clothing.
What the benefits of upcycling?
Celebrating traditional craftsmanship
Unlike purchasing any piece of clothing from the high-street, upcycled pieces are completely unique and have been handmade with the intention of creating something that no-one else will have. Not only this but purchasing a piece that has been lovingly crafted promotes creativity and the work of new and upcoming designers.
Producing one-of-a-kind items
Many items which are upcycled are pieces from the past. Here at Brick Vintage, we pick up vintage items from the 1970’s and 1980’s for example that need a bit of love and turn them into something wonderful. From tops to dresses and even skirts, we have a wide range of upcycled items, sure to completely transform your look.
You may never have even thought about this aspect, but the act of upcycling can lessen waste within the environment and therefore reduces CO2 emissions. Purchasing vintage clothes is often much more cost-effective than high-street pieces and therefore due to their sustainability, could end up saving you loads of cash.
If you’d like to take a look at some of our ‘Upcycled’ pieces, click this link to browse.