I am in the process of moving out. It is not fun to pack boxes, even if you are listening to your favorite Spotify playlist.
It is hard to imagine how much stuff one person is capable to accumulate over the years, and luckily I don’t have any furniture. Do not get me wrong, I am not a ‘fashionista’, but my major problem is the amount of clothes I own.
I have been giving them away on a regular basis, however I find it difficult getting rid of some pieces, especially when it comes to certain old denim pants or military gear, even if I rarely wear them.
This time I might have found a solution, called Atelier&Repairs. I came across Atelier&Repairs on Instagram a few months ago.
Atelier&Repairs is not a label, it is “a bespoke destination where we fix, improve, recreate, repair and up-cycle your clothing and accessories. We offer services across tailoring, alteration and customization for both private clientele and local retailers and brands”.
I was lucky enough to get to know one the founders of this activity, Maurizio Donadi.
Let me spend a few words about Maurizio. Maurizio is a name is the fashion industry, having worked for industry giants such as Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani and Levi’s.
After many years in the corporate world, he decided to build his own projects. He opened a consultancy agency, Conduit Creative Office in Santa Monica (where he lives) and founded Atelier&Repairs.
The vision at the base of Atelier&Repairs is simple and brilliant at the same time: recycling and giving to objects a second life. It could be a piece of clothing, a bag, a chair, the possibilities are unlimited.
Maurizio’s team deconstruct and assemble together leftovers fabrics, dead stock, creating, out of them, something totally unique and unexpected.
Their first transformation workshop is located in a basement in Central London (the second one just opened in Los Angeles). Using traditional sewing machines, a few talented tailors repair, transform and customize jackets, denim, woven pants and scarves. No need to say that I am in love with their creations.
Un-compromised quality, durability, originality there is a lot to get excited about in front of these one of a kind pieces of clothing. I am really curious to see what they would be able to come up with my old Levis.
Until then, I highly recommend you to check Atelier&Repairs website for more information.