There is a lot of excess within the fashion industry. The advent of mass production and constant new trends has turned the concept of creating beautiful and high-quality clothing into a generic and wasteful industry. However, there are still many creators, innovators, makers, and designers who are trying to change the way we both understand and experience fashion. They are also the ones bringing a new level of consciousness to the way we shop. One such company is Kallio, a brand that has created a new way to reuse through upcycling. Their clothing, consisting of one-of-a-kind pieces, hand-crafted from vintage mens shirts is part of the positive movement towards that change.
Created by Karina, the visionary and designer behind the Kallio brand, the line incorporates her background in fashion, along with her knowledge of the textile industry and passion for sustainable design. Her background has resulted in a “kids’ clothing line that has green heart,” and includes a mission to provide consumers with “simple and beautiful ways to engage in conscious design and living.”
The concept of reuse and use-what-we-have is seen in all aspects of the brand where vintage mens’ shirts are given a new life in the form of girls’ dresses, shirts, jackets, tops, baby bloomers, and more.
Crafted by hand and sewn in NYC, the process starts when Karina purchases mens’ vintage shirts featuring plaid, prints and solid designs from a textile recycler. These shirts are then cut and sewn in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and transformed into unique and cleverly-designed pieces. They are fun, sweet, and special, and are rooted in Karina’s values. We also love the focus on classic craftsmanship that isn’t seen in many brands.
Being more aware of what we purchase and who makes it is at the heart of where change needs to begin in the fashion industry. While visiting Kallio, we loved learning about how Karina and the Kallio brand are doing just that and forging the way for us to shop with more consciousness.
For more information, please visit: http://kallionyc.com/
Also, be sure to visit Karina of Kallio at our next swap in Williamsburg on 1/24