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Slow fashion: 5 local brands that upcycle second-hand clothing

We have to put effort into making our planet greener one step at a time, that’s for sure. One way of doing that is by shortening the fashion cycle. This can be done by supporting local fashion brands that make new and unique clothing pieces by upcycling second-hand clothes. However, it’s often hard to find a brand that creates just the style you like. Luckily, we are here to help you. Here are 5 of our favorite local upcyclers.

Article by Hanne Vansteelandt.

Let’s Get Thready

Let’s Get Thready - Sienie Van Geerteruy

Sienie from Let’s Get Thready creates new clothing pieces by combining two similar pre-owned pieces with a different colour or pattern. Her approach guarantees as little waste as possible, since she always makes two compatible pieces. Do you want to match outfits with your best friend, your mom or your significant other? There is no better way than to go for a Let’s Get Thready set. It’s like friendship bracelets, but a thousand times cooler.

Not only in the field of clothing, but in literally every aspect imaginable, Sienie tries her best to be as sustainable as possible. We can safely say that she is a second-hand guru, from start to finish, everything she uses is pre-owned. The packaging of the clothes she sells, her storage containers, kitchenware, home decoration, DIY tools, … You name it, she thrifts it.

Find her newest pieces on Let’s Get Thready.

Danada Clothing

Danada Clothing - Eline Rymenans & Eva Heselmans

Danada’s origin lies in the ‘Not So Saint Mary’ design by Eva. She designed this print for a competition of which the winning design would get printed on a skateboard. Although she didn't win, Eva and Eline thought the print was too good to not do anything with it. Because they are both passionate thrifters and they don't want to contribute to the big fashion waste that already exists, they decided to upcycle second-hand clothes with their prints.

It’s important to both Eline and Eva that everyone feels good in their clothes. They always start from a feminist point of view and they highly value equality and diversity. Besides the ‘Not So Saint Mary’ print, Danada started releasing other prints as well and they regularly drop new batches of printed clothing.

Go check them out via Danada Clothing.


Stoffels - Leen Stoffels

Leen herself was - although she hates to admit it - once guilty of regularly buying fast fashion. No matter how much fun shopping may be, the throw-away culture is destroying our planet and it is time for change. Realising that there were way too many clothes bulging out of her closet, she soon discovered that those piles of old clothes were treasure chests full of valuable material.

Stoffels is a brand that creates one of a kind handmade pieces out of handpicked second-hand clothes and other recyclable and deadstock materials. The aim of the concept is to create unique and sustainable pieces that leave as little waste as possible. By applying an overlock-stitch technique and combining different pre-owned clothing pieces, Leen creates the most colourful, unique and accessible tops, sweaters and accessories.

Go see for yourself at Stoffels.


Lucid - Lucinda

Lucinda has a passion for sustainability, clothing and inclusiveness. By customizing preloved clothes with vintage ribbons, lace and fabrics she found during her travels, she founded her own clothing brand Lucid. After a while, she also got into creating clothing pieces from scratch using ecological and upcycled fabrics and she discovered how dyeing textiles with low-impact dye results in beautiful, vibrant pieces.

Her various working methods eventually led to a colourful, all-inclusive and creative clothing line. Lucid is Lucinda’s dream coming true. As the brand keeps on evolving, each new drop comes with new ideas and visions. It’s a delight scrolling through the Lucid Instagram feed.

Stay up to date about new drops via Lucid.

Studio AMA

Studio AMA - Soraya Wancour

At Studio AMA, Soraya translates her vision on the clothing industry into innovative collections. Soraya used to be a designer at various fashion houses and has a history in the textile industry. After seeing how things were done, she came to the conclusion things had to change. That’s how Studio AMA was born.

The AMA clothing line is produced in cooperation with local ateliers and with material that otherwise would go to waste. One of her collections is in collaboration with Clarysse, a local bath linen specialist. With the towel fabric waste, AMA started an innovative collection in which the original aspects of the towels are incorporated in the clothing. The original elements of the bath linen are the starting point for each design.

Find the newest collections on Studio AMA.

A win-win-win situation

See? Buying upcycled clothing is not only sustainable, it’s also incredibly cool and fashionable. You get to wear a unique and creative piece of clothing, support a local fashion designer ánd contribute to a greener planet. Going on a shopping spree without feeling guilty, who would’ve thought?

On top of that, we only selected five out of an infinite amount of local designers. Keep your eyes open on the Gram and get discovering. There is plenty of talent around, but it’s up to us to make responsible decisions and replace easy fast fashion options with a sustainable and local alternative.

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