What to do with your old clothes? Repurposing, Upcycling, selling..
On a weekly basis I receive questions about repurposing or what to do with old clothing? I had the same. I recently did a closet clear out and had some nice pieces left. Some I knew I could sell and that’s what I did on Instagram. Some pieces I could give away to my friends, which is the best feeling. I’ve recently very much enjoyed the art of giving. But then, I ran into this old vintage jacket which I bought at the Kingsday market a couple of years ago. The leather fabric was really nice, but the fit was so old school that I couldn’t sell it easily and none of my friends wanted to have it. I was looking into repurposing it and had a look at all options. I knew someone who could help me with this; Naomi Rachel Timan
Naomi Rachel Timan
Naomi Rachel Timan is a Dutch designer who creates leather accessories from leather products that would basically be waste otherwise. Think of old sofa’s or coats that are just not doing it anymore these days. Naomi inspires people to think about waste and to generate something really beautiful out of it. That is exactly what she did to me. Inspire me!
I went to her beautiful office and studio in Scheveningen next to the beach to see what she could create from my old jacket. It was so inspiring to watch. Creating something so stunning from a garment that I wanted to get rid off so easily. [I now want a sewing machine as well…]
On Naomi Rachel Timan’s website you can find some styles she is selling. She creates all items herself, from totes to key rings, and her mother helps her from time to time.
^ This was the old leather jacket before.
^ And this is the end result! 2 beautiful clutches and key rings!
voor de wereld van morgen
This blogpost is written in collaboration with ‘voor de wereld van morgen‘, a community for sustainable startups and green thinkers and businesses that do good. Naomi Rachel Timan is one of the members of this sustainable community.
If you’re a sustainable entrepreneur, you can join the community for free, which I would highly recommend. The goal is to let businesses grow, that’s why you will get access to their knowledge, publicity and a big network. If you’re interested, you can read all about it on their website or sign up here.
Voor de wereld van morgen is an initiative from ASN Bank.