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Recycle chic

For the first time, local fashion designers who use recycled materials are all in one place!


  • Orphanage Clothing photo Brent McCombs

1. Mixtape Apparel
Mixtape Apparel is a company founded in Halifax by Jason Duong, a Dalhousie commerce student. Along with offering belts and t-shirts, he repurposes old audio cassettes into belt buckles, saving them from the landfill and allowing for a fashion statement sure to make your skinny-jeaned hipster pals choke with covetous frustration. "My goal is to have eco-friendly, locally made fashionable products that are for the large majority made of upcycled/green materials," he explains.

2. Dakini Silks and Things
Katherine Munro's sustainable fashion boutique sells recycled, vintage, reclaimed and hand-made clothing and accessories, including scarfwear. Munro is a silk painter but carries a lot of clothing made from other high-quality and natural fabrics. Dakini's Queen Street location is now the home of the Indie Boutik Collective.

3. MAKENEW Vintage
Founded by Nova Scotian Anna Gilkerson, famed for her Deux fm work, this south shore-area label is a collection of designer thrift and genuine vintage, including wooly tweeds, soft leathers, mixed knits and vintage lace. At MAKENEW, clothes are chosen, altered, cleaned and prepared for you. Now part of the Indie Boutik Collective.

4. Orphanage Clothing
Halifax-based Orphanage exists to revive and recycle old t-shirts into cool new designs. This is how the website explains it: Orphanage is "an institution for the aid and protection of the needy and less fortunate t-shirt." Now part of the Indie Boutik Collective.

5. Pip Robins Accessories
Pip Robins prides itself on creating fashionable sustainable accessories. All textiles used are recycled, upcycled or reclaimed. Each piece is handmade in Halifax by Gillian Hyde. Sourcing, washing, matching, sewing, modeling, photographing, selling and shipping each one herself. Many are one of a kind, and everything else is limited edition.

6. Twice Upon a Time
There's a mom behind Halifax's Twice Upon a Time---handcrafter and business owner Amanda Langley is a mother of two. Her love for second-hand shopping and boutique children's fashion inspired her to create one-of-a-kind pieces of her own. Each piece is unique, handcrafted using pre-loved fashion and reclaimed material. Langley's bestsellers are her organic line of onesies with reclaimed fabric appliques. Twice Upon a Time pieces are available at local retaillers including Fiddleheads Kid's Shop in Dartmouth and Love, Me Boutique in Halifax.


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