Popped buttons and ripped seams don’t stand a chance against Sara McBeen’s wearable repair kits, which are cleverly disguised as a necklace, ring, or carabiner. The California native, who is working on her master’s degree in industrial design at Pratt, wants to remind people that quick mends can prolong the life of our clothing and possessions. Equipped with needles, thread, duct tape, and nylon cording, each kit acts as a visual prompt to inspire action. “They also act as a badge of sorts that makes a statement,” McBeen tells Ecouterre, whom we met at the Model Citizens show over the weekend. “The wearer is a ‘fixer,” someone who takes the time to mend or fix things.”

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By making tools readily available and in plain sight—versus, say, a stash of hotel sewing kits languishing in a luggage somewhere—McBeen hopes that repair will become second nature. “Ever-changing trends have turned fashion and style into such disposable products,” she says. Here’s to changing the status quo.

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