New platforms teaching you how to repair clothes
NEW PLATFORMS TEACHING YOU HOW TO REPAIR CLOTHES We are living in a world where clothing hacks and wardrobe fixes are constantly on a roll, everywhere. These quick fixes mainly started doing rounds since Pinterest became popular with pins and boards displaying DIYs on how to fix your favourite pair of worn jeans or your comfiest sweater by using smart and quick solutions that can be easily mastered at home. Now, it’s become a whole different ball game where it could become a full-time online business or a fully-fledged YouTube channel. We’ve all been there, pulling out our most favourite outfit from the wardrobe and discovering it can’t be worn because the zip’s broken or there’s a noticeable tear on it, and in the case of accessories, maybe the clip is loose or some beads are missing. In a haste, we either turn to Instagram or to our favourite blogger or YouTuber to check out their genuine hacks for fixing our outfits and accessories and saving our lives at the 11th hour! More and more options and hacks have been coming up with people’s mindsets opening up, and fixing your old stuff to make it new and trendy is kind of playing a fun part in today’s fashion statements.
After all, whether it’s footwear, bags, or ready-to-wears, everything needs a little touch-up from time to time.
Reconciliation over shopping
It is surreal how shopping habits and lifestyles have come down to basics during this pandemic life. Many of us have realised the real value of things and the elaborate processes it takes to make them; at the same time, the required needs have been within limits, and simple, comfortable, and safe living has been more of a prime focus in life. Our daily habits have changed drastically as a result of this lockdown life. Work, exercise, dressing up, cooking, and socialising – everything is affected as lockdown restrictions have started to appear back again with the second wave. The routines mostly revolve around doing things indoors and managing with whatever we have, while many platforms offer various services and tutorials on how to manage comfortably in minimal spaces and pieces, and mending old stuff rather than buying new. When you type “fashion fixing” in your search bar, you will see various videos and tutorials flashing through your screen. The pandemic is going to affect shopping habits for years to come, and in some cases, people are reportedly predicted to go on revenge shopping post the pandemic, while on the other hand, some cases are impacting the real values of things you hold dear.
Recently with more awareness about sustainability and eco-friendly buying, a culture of conscious shopping has ushered in. The fashion industry is going through a transition where people have started casting aside their existing wardrobes at an alarming rate to adopt more of an ethical lifestyle. A recent study in the UK reported that over 300,000 tonnes of clothing got thrown away in a year, but again, people’s buy and-bin habits are getting some solutions by a couple of young designers getting on board.
Recently, 23-year-old designer Alicia Minnaard and industrial designer Dave Hakkens came up with their own portal called ‘Fixing Fashion’. The platform aims to reunite people with the repairing skills needed to prolong the lifespan of clothes, and as it turns out, it’s a full-fledged business especially when you realize how useful it could be to teach people how to modify their clothes and be able to use them for so many more years. Realising how to care for your old clothes by refining their style and getting them altered will be another fun way to keep using things you have already spent your hard-earned money on. The culmination of the extensive research provides platforms that, at first glance look like online shops – very e-commercially designed with patched jeans, spliced t-shirts, personalised clothing pieces, reworked shorts, and all kinds of fixes in their collections. The motto here is not to sell but to offer the services of fixing what you have. It’s a beautiful thought to save your favourites, remove stains, or cover up the damage by creative fixing. It enables us to, maybe, a little longer, hold on to things we have cherished so dearly, and truly appreciate what we have owned before the onslaught of revenge shopping hits our life back again when the “old normal” gets back to find some order in chaos.