Substance: A Boutique with a Conscience
“All clothing should be sustainable and organic, ” says desiger Hassan Pierre, quoted in the current issue of VOGUE Magazine. Christian Getachew’s boutique Substance – which share’s Pierre’s philosophy – is located in Columbus, Ohio, and my friend Betsy Stevenson in the designer of some of the garments that are sold there.
Betsy and I met up recently in Seattle (Betsy was making herself a couture dress for an upcoming opening at the boutique), and we had a chance to discuss the whole idea of repurposed fashion. I thought I’d let her share what she does. I think you’ll find it as interesting as I did.
“First, a bit about the Design Lab: Each season, we design and make a collection in our Columbus, Ohio boutique. We use mostly repurposed materials, whether they are overstock clothing from our private label, styles that didn’t sell, or damaged items; pretty much anything that needs a bit of restyling to save it from the landfill.
One day last year a neighbor who lives in the building across the street gave us an entire bolt of gorgeous amber-colored dobby cloth. The first thing you notice is the vivid color that is modern in a pop-vintage sort of way. It has the natural mineral-like quality of an amber gemstone, and when you touch it you are surprised by the softness. You then become intrigued by the texture of the weave. Squares within squares so small, that from a few feet away give a luster from the light on cloth.
The Amber Dobby Revival collection was made from the following:
-2 recycled sari dresses that were torn; they were first made into tunics with half-sleeves and hand stitched hems. The remaining silk was used for the tiered skirt and for the apple logo…