Fashion is like trying to catch a wave upon the sand—it’s always changing, morphing, and emerging into something new. Whether that change is the trend of the moment or toward more-sustainable business practices, fashion is a powerful force in today’s age. Not only are we, as the consumer, affected by what is currently available on the racks, but we’re also influenced by the decisions that companies make. Like Edit’d, designed by Australian designer Helene Ang, which takes vintage and reclaimed fabrics to create brand-new, one-of-a-kind pieces. It’s this kind of upcycled fashion that is becoming the item to have, because each item is unique and made with an ethical consciousness. With fashion as profound as this, you never need worry about wearing the same dress to a party again.
Edit’d’s new collection, “European Vagabond,” is an urban wanderer’s dream mixed in with a bit of Old World charm from your grandmother’s closet. It’s like loving the look and feel of a vintage car, but wishing the interior was a bit more modern and the fuel efficiency a lot higher. Edit’d mixes quality fabrics, and beautiful notions with modern cuts and styles to create sustainable fashion that no one else has.
When you buy an Edit’d piece, you also receive the story behind the original piece of clothing. For example, the teal tube top, Lisbon, “was born in the ’70s in Grandma Argi’s closet. It started out as a long drab trench coat, but had a strong desire to be more playful, so that’s when it decided to let go of its top half and explore the world on its own.” No one else could possibly have anything like this. Unique and handmade fashion isn’t just about being different these days, it also has a lot to do with sustainability, sourcing local, employing artisans, and reusing materials.
Ang’s philosophy is to deconstruct luxe vintage items and reclaimed fabrics to create whimisical, unique pieces, making this fashion-forward company a prime example of what eco-fashion is all about. Edit’d also supports socially responsible programs like Surf for Happiness and the Library Project and commits to compensating workers fairly.