Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on September 4, 2008
Normally I don’t care for patchwork, bodices or berets — but that was before I spied the charming creations of London fashion label From Somewhere. What began in 1997 with a small capsule collection of second hand sweaters and cardigans has spawned into a much sought after design house, thanks to the ingenuity of its designers, Orsola De Castro and Filippo Ricci.
Recycling existing clothing maybe the phrase du jour in the world of green fashion, but how does up-cycling grab you? This is the simple premise behind From Somewhere. The designers strive to use “pre-consumer textile waste, such as production off-cuts, damaged fabrics and end of rolls” — including cotton, silk, jersey, tweeds, cashmere and wovens — in order to readdress “the balance between consumption and disposal.”
A team of “dedicated rubbish pioneers” sift through the mountains of material scraps to find just the right piece of the sartorial puzzle. From Somewhere’s feminine, eclectic designs have garnered international acclaim — the Japanese in particular can’t get seem to get enough of them. And I’m not surprised. It feels like we are moving away from homogenized mass production and toward resourceful individuality and clothes that tell a story.
After all, everything comes From Somewhere.