Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Studio Tour!

  Shelves full of vintage bed sheets, polo Ts and sweaters ready to be cut up and remade!

Ashleigh spreads out sweater pieces to prepare for cutting.

Cut sweater pieces for Hood Scarves.

Hood Scarf bundles all cut and ready to go to the sewer's.

Ashleigh salvages vintage buttons from sweaters.

Salvaged buttons from old cardigans!

Jenn checks sweater jackets that just came back from the sewer's.

They're all ready to be sent out to the shops!

Insights from intern, Sarah

I started interning with Paper People Clothing at the beginning of November and so far it has been a very unique experience for me.  I moved to the city in September to begin an MA in fashion at Ryerson University and quickly realized that there will be no 'entry level' paid work in fashion manufacturing for me – retail is a cruel dream I'm trying to suppress... by getting some more retail work for the holidays... Ouch.
            The environment here is fun and relaxed, I find myself getting caught up in some interesting conversations as I pick lint, cut patterns, and sew buttons.  Listening to Jennifer is where most of my 'learning' has come from to this point, the way she talks to Ashley provides me moments of insight into what it takes to participate in the sustainable fashion industry of Toronto.
            'Sustainable fashion' can wear many hats (pun intended...) from organic fibers grown 'green' to recycled garments being transformed into new updated creations – but what does it all mean?  Sustainable fashion, to start, means that the manufacturing process makes a minimal impact on the environment.  By using pre-existing garments to create new ones Paper People Clothing fits this bill.  Even the scraps are salvaged to use as lint catchers and ties to organize and bind the clothing together. 
            Being 'green' is a hopelessly ambiguous term that seems to connote any practices that do not harm the environment by using toxic chemicals or pollutants – think BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) or biking to work instead of firing up the gas-guzzler.  In farming and fiber production this means not using chemical pesticides in the creation of 'organic' cotton and considering the carbon foot print involved in transporting these fibers.
            This all boils down to taking responsibility.  We, as humans – to speak really broadly – have done a great job of putting the planet in peril.  Fashion is seen by many as a useless and frivolous consumption pattern that contributes mostly to bigger landfills and taller piles of junk at Value Village's door.  Paper People is providing a fresh take on the consumption by creating something new to freshen up your look while diminishing those junk piles and turning them into gold.  Think alchemy but more useful.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Spring is coming to Fresh Collective!

For those of you in Toronto, I'll be bringing new spring designs to Fresh Collective Queen (692 Queen St W) on Tuesday, February 15 and to Fresh Collective Kensington (274 Augusta Ave) on Wednesday, February 16!

Some new styles include: organic cotton hand printed wrap dresses, shrugs, vests and more.  Here's a sneak peak!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Fresh Collective November Window Display!

I know it's February but I took all these fun pics of my window display at Fresh Collective (692 Queen St West, Toronto Ontario) and I just wanted to share them!

The items in the window include:

Armwarmers ($32, now 30% off)
Made from reclaimed wool sweater scraps - they're available in a variety of colours and prints!

Hoodscarves ($65, now 30% off)
These are made from the softest reclaimed sweaters we can find - angora, cashmere, merino and a bit of cotton and they're lined with a super soft bamboo/poly blend fleece for extra warmth!

Toggle Jackets ($185, now 60% off)
Made from reclaimed wool and boiled wool sweaters, trimmed with reclaimed leather pieces and lined with our super soft bamboo/poly fleece.  These jackets are super warm and can be worn as an outerwear jacket in transitional weather.

Finally up and running!

Hi Everyone!

After a small bout of technical difficulties with my website I've finally got things running smoothly again!  I've been collecting photos and posts over the last few months so I'll start out with some fun things from the past and work towards new spring things in the future!

For those of you who are new to my blog, I'm Jennifer Fukushima and I design a line of eco-conscious apparel called Paper People Clothing.  You can check out my website to see all my current and past collections and for a list of retailers! www.paperpeopleclothing.com

We work first and foremost with reclaimed textile materials.  We source everything second hand including sweaters, pants, bedsheets, silk blouses, doilys and more!  We also work with eco-friendly and sustainable textiles including organic cotton, tencel, hemp and bamboo.