Dust Factory Fashion & Recycling News
BY: Jackie Northam | NPR
On a bright and warm Saturday morning, there’s a steady flow of people dropping off donations at Martha’s Table, a charity in downtown Washington, D.C. A mountain of plastic and paper bags stuffed with used dresses, scarves, skirts and footwear expands in one corner of the room. Volunteers sort and put clothes on hangers. They’ll go on sale next door, the proceeds of which will help the needy in the area.
It’s a scene played out across the U.S.: people donating their old clothes, whether through collection bins or through large charities, to help... [Read More]
DUST FACTORY ONLINE VINTAGE CLOTHING WAREHOUSE IS OPEN FOR BUYERS AROUND THE WORLD TO ORDER MERCHANDISE FOR THEIR STORE WITH THE CLICK OF THEIR MOUSE
At Dust Factory we have been mastering the process of locating, sorting, grading and selling vintage apparel to shops for the past 10 years. We realize that so much of our product compliments contemporary style and that we already have the natural worn look and feel that so many designers have to work at reproducing.
Our team of collectors have selected specific groups of 100% vintage clothing to include in our new season. And through style, size... [Read More]
LEVIS® VINTAGE CLOTHING is a vintage inspired collection that the famous denim brand LEVIS® has put out were they are bringing back to life some of their classic relics from the past.
Don’t be fooled these are not the actual vintage pieces – but what we call vintage inspired – or made to look like vintage. According to LVC they are:
“Faithfully capturing the spirit and heritage of American work wear, Levi’s® Vintage Clothing reproduces the fits, fabrics and details of bygone eras. Our source material is our own archive and our inspiration is the hardworking men... [Read More]
It is almost that time a year where many of us get to shed our clothes and soak in some rays down at the local water hole. This year 1970′s fashion is on the rise and I just can’t help but browse through some of favorite photos of 70′s swimwear. From European designer beach wear to southern California surf-wear, 1970′s swimwear had a a style and appeal all of its own.
There are certain keys to follow when dating vintage swimwear:
-Lastex began to be used in swimwear starting in the late 30′s and continued through the 50′s.
-Spandex, better known as elastane... [Read More]
Vintage T-shirts have been a North American fashion icon since the fighter pilots returned home from WWII wearing them decorated with war slogans as normal weekend attire. Often the pilots stationed in South Pacific during the war would mark up their undershirts that they wore under their normal uniform with all types of pictures and slogans. When they returned home many of the pilots continued to wear their marked up t-shirts around the house or out with their pals. This was during the 1950′s, the era of Ozzie & Harriet and Leave it to Beaver, at the time if you wore a undershirt without... [Read More]
From: Huffington Post
By: Natasha Koifman
Image Source: http://hollywoodreporter.com
Sometimes, I even think about their original owner — wondering how differently we’re wearing the same piece, how different our lives are. There’s something magical and mysterious about the connection to a woman you know nothing about other than that you wore and loved the same piece of clothing or jewelry and that somehow it has lasted all this time ~ Natasha Koifman
If you’ve flipped through May’s magazines you will know that the fashion world is waiting with baited breath for... [Read More]
Vintage Clothing is no longer just fashion desired by the fashionistas or hipsters, but is now a trend that people from all walks of life are getting into. There are many benefits to collecting and recycling vintage clothing, less waist, recycling textiles etc… however there are some con’s to collecting old clothing as well.
A recent article in the Daily Mail sheds some light to one of the negative aspects of collecting vintage clothing that come in the form of a little bug and it’s larvae that is a fabric destroyer, at least when it gets into your closet.
Somethings that every... [Read More]
Fashion trends follow an ongoing circle and when it comes to collecting vintage clothing there is no exception. What is at the end of the curve will soon be in the front and vice versa. If you are not staying in front of the fashion curve then you are being left behind. As a buyer for a vintage store you should not only pay attention to what is in style in your neck of the woods but also what is trending around the world.
This Spring/Summer 2013 fashion trends are proving to be yet another blast from past. Is there nothing new under the sun? Well, not when it comes to vintage fashion.
Keep an... [Read More]
© Adital Ela
Most of us by now should be making our own soil by composting our left over scraps and papers. We know that compost can be beneficial to our gardens, but did you know it can also play a part in making more sustainably-designed furniture? That is exactly what Israel-based designer Adital Ela of S-Sense Design found out when creating Terra, a line of furniture that’s made entirely out of compost, which she actually cultivates and gathers near her studio.
© Adital Ela
Ela calls herself a “designer-gatherer” becasue she creates stools, cups, lampshades and other pieces... [Read More]
goodwill donations source USA Today
Did you ever wonder what happens to your clothing after you put it into a donation bin? Sometimes it ends up in a thrift store, sometimes it ends up in a vintage shop and sometimes it ends up being processed to be reused as a wiping rag.
Wendy Koch, an investigative reporter at USA Today recently took a look into the recycled clothing industry, where the clothes end up when you donate them and where they end up if you don’t. With the average American throwing out over 70lbs of used textiles a year, each one of us is responsible for what we do with our... [Read More]