Retro 1960’s Swimwear, Beachwear and Surf Fashion

1960's Beachwear

In the early part of the 1960’s swimwear was still pretty conservative, much like the decade earlier in the 1950’s. However fashion ideals began to change rather quickly in the mid 60’s with the introduction of the bikini and low cut bathing suit bottoms.

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Early 60's Style Swimsuits

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Until the 1960’s fashion was geared towards adults so inspiration was drawn from high fashion couture houses. Int he 1960’s things began to change as fashion designers began to focus on the tastes and style of the up and coming youth market.

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Designers from around the world began to create clothing for the younger generation as they became more celebrated across Europe and the United States.

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Today is Earth Day – Now Make Something Happen

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Today is April 22 and we get to celebrate another Earth Day. For those of you that do not know, Earth Day is a day that was set aside to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment. Earth day was founded by a United States Senator as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. The first Earth day was celebrated in the United States in 1970 but by 1990 Earth Day was being celebrated in over 141 Nations World Wide. Numerous communities today celebrate what they call ‘Earth Week,’ an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues.

At Dust Factory every day is earth day for us. We are thankful for our opportunity to be hands on in the recycling and re-purposing process of textiles and other common goods. It is estimated that over one million tons of textiles are thrown away every year in the United States alone. Because of this each month we attempt to save over 75k lbs of clothing from entering our landfills. This is only a small amount in comparison, but we understand that everything starts small. We are only able to do this through the help and support of those that we work with.

We have spent the past 15 years developing a green business as well as educating and supporting others who are interested in doing the same. It does not matter if you are professional mother or a student, each person can make a difference in their community or neighborhood.

The Following are five simple ways that you can make a difference this Earth Day with your clothing alone.

1. Hand-me-downs This may be easier for the younger readers, but you can give your unused clothes to your younger brother or sister. Moms call this Hand-Me-Downs. It is a very simple concept but very effective if used properly. If you don’t have a younger brother or sister, give your old clothes to a smaller  neighbor or cousin. See…very simple.

2. Resale Shop If you are the thrifty shopper or if you think that your are a trendy diva that doesn’t really know that many people possibly due to living in a new location or having a sour attitude, then why not take your old clothing  to the resale shop. Beware, there is a good chance that there might be a  chubster(1) behind the counter at the resale shop waiting to dish you out a piece of humble pie. This could bring some back down to the reality possibly realizing that their washed up style might not be so unique after all.  However, it is worth the chance to make some money on your old finds, and it shouldn’t stop you from moving on.
3. Donate Your Clothes After picking up whats left of your ego, and your entire collection of last seasons rags from the by  counter at the resale shop, the chubster behind the counter will tell you that if you want you can donate your clothing to their clothing bin, and they will see that it gets to a charity. Of coarse you will want nothing to do with them,but they do bring up a good point, you could donate your clothing… maybe just not to them. If you don’t care either way leave your clothing at the resale donation bin, or if you want, there are plenty of other local charities that you can drop your old clothes at. Many of them will even pick them up from your front porch if you take the 1 minute out of your day to call them. They will see that your clothing is getting re-used. Just google local charities in your area.
4. Local Clothing Swap If your hurting for cash , and you still cant get over the fact that the re-sale shop didn’t want a single item out of your collection, you could try a clothing swap. Most cities have volunteers that organize clothing swaps. You can find them by “Local Clothing Swap” or checking your local Craigs List listings. A clothing swap is a gathering where a bunch of like-minded people bring their old clothing and trade out their old garments for others. If no one in your area is hosting a clothing swap then why not put together one for yourself. It can be done with neighbors and friends, or a through a church or local charity.
5. Repurpose Your Clothing Ok I may have lied, I said that I had five simple ways to recycle fashion and this last one may or may not be that simple. This will depend on how creative you are, and how good you are with a sewing machine. If you don’t know how to sew, it is worth learning , if you do know how to sew then this will be simple. Any dress can be turned into a top or skirt. Any t-shirt can be turned into a bathing suit or t-shirt for a kid. Any pants can be turned into shorts.  It is a simple concept, but so often over looked. Sometimes you don’t even have to know how to sew, you just need to be able to use a pair of scissors.

Now make it happen. Next time you go through your closet and clear out two pieces or five bag fulls of clothing think about these five options that you now have before  putting them into the trash.

Vintage Clothing Wholesale Summer Sale on Dresses, T-shirts, Boots & More

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Summer Clothing Specials

Dust Factory Vintage Clothing Wholesale Summer Specials

Dust Factory is having a sale on some feature vintage summer/fall items for a limited time only. Summer time is here in North America and Europe which means back-to-school is just around the corner. Dust Factory has a great stock of must have vintage items great for both summer and fall. Don’t miss a single sale by not having your shop’s shelves packed with the must have vintage items at GREAT WHOLESALE PRICES.

  • 70’s-90’s Long Summer & Fall Dresses $8
  • Vintage 50/50 T-shirts  $3
  • Pearl Snap Western Shirts $4
  • Flannel Shirts Heavy $5
  • Flannel Shirts Light $4
  • LEVI Denim Cutt-off Shorts (pre-washed) $9.50
  • Cowboy Boots $12

Ready to Order? Want some more information? Please feel free to contact us below:

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Offer only valid  when purchasing items in a 12 pck (min of 12 pieces per grade i.e., 12 cowboy boots, 12 t-shirts etc)  and when purchasing the $350 order minimum.

WARNING – What Every Vintage Clothing Collector should be on the LOOK OUT FOR!

Vintage Clothing Moths
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.

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Somethings that every vintage clothing warehouse, collector, shop owner or thrift shop buyer should be aware of:

  • Natural fibers found in clothes from 60s and 70s are favorite for moth larvae
  • They cause severe damage to clothing, carpets, leather, fur and fabrics
  • Charity shops and warehouses are perfect breeding ground for moths

Rise in sales of vintage clothing boosts population of clothes moths by 75%

FROM: By: Richard Hartley-parkinson

A growth in the popularity of vintage clothing has led to a resurgence in the number of moth infestations.

In just five years, the number of callouts to experts has gone up by 75 per cent as fashion-conscious Britons spend £40million on outfits from the sixties and seventies.

But clothes from the 1960s and 1970s are often made of natural fibers such as cotton and linen, which contain keratin – a favourite food for moth larvae.

Vintage Moths

The rise in sales of vintage clothing has led to an increase in the population of moths

There has also been a surge in demand for charity shop clothes over that period, as the recession has forced people to cut back on spending.

Nine in ten Brits (89 per cent) now shop on tighter budgets and risk bringing larvae into their home as they buy contaminated second-hand clothing.

Common clothes moths and their larvae thrive in warm, enclosed environments such as wardrobes.

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Clothes moths have a life cycle of between 65 and 90 days, with the female adult moths living for about 30 days and laying up to 300 eggs

And they are attracted to the smell of sweat, which can become ingrained on older clothes even if undetectable to a human nose.
Clothes moths have a life cycle of between 65 and 90 days, with the female adult moths living for about 30 days and laying up to 300 eggs

Clothes moths have a life cycle of between 65 and 90 days, with the female adult moths living for about 30 days and laying up to 300 eggs

They were once the scourge of Victorian homes and gave rise to the word mothballed, meaning to put something into storage or to suspend operation.

Colm Moore, from Rentokil Pest Control, said: ‘Moths are considered a difficult household pest because of the severe damage their larvae cause to clothes, fabrics, leather, fur, and carpets.

‘We recommend regularly checking for moth eggs and removing them before they hatch.’

Clothes moths have a life cycle of between 65 and 90 days, with the female adult moths living for about 30 days and laying up to 300 eggs.

Clothes bought from charity shops or vintage warehouses are at increased risk of moths because they come into contact with old clothes from so many places.

This means there is a greater chance of them encountering an existing moth infestation, and for that infestation to then be transferred.

Older clothes are more likely to be made from the natural fibers which moths feed on – such as wool, cotton, and cashmere.

Newer garments are increasingly made from synthetic materials, such as polyester.

Article & Images Courtesy of  Daily Mail UK

What do you do if Moths have gotten to your clothes?


If you have a collection of vintage clothes affected, or moths have found their way into your closet there are a few things that you can do to remedy the problem. Let’s face it, depending on how bad the outbreak has gotten will determine what drastic measures should be taken. There are however a few home remedies that are worth trying out!

moth remediesFill sachets with dried lavender, or dip cotton balls in lavender oil. Then, place in closets, drawers and any other places where clothes are stored.


moth remediesDried mint leaves are another effective moth repellent. Place several leaves in a sachet, or place loose leaves among your clothes.


moth remediesCedar wood has long been recognized as a moth repellent, and for good reason – it works. If you’re lucky enough to have a cedar-lined closet or chest, be sure to make use of it. Otherwise, pick up some cedar chips or blocks from the store, and place them where needed.

Note: Cedar loses its scent (the repellent aspect) over time. To bring the scent back, sand the cedar lightly, or purchase and bottle of cedar oil, and apply it to the wood.

Cloves, Thyme, Ginseng and Rosemary
moth remediesFill a sachet with one or a combination of these four herbs to keep moths at bay for months.



Clothing Storage Tips

Clean Clothes Before Storing

Wash all clothing, and dry it in the sun before packing it away at the end of the season. This will help to kill any larvae that may be present in the clothing. Cotton garments can also be ironed as a further deterrent.
Store Clothing in Sealed Containers

Store clothing in sealed containers

chests, plastic storage containers, suitcases, etc.—where moths can’t get to them. may be present in the clothing. Cotton garments can also be ironed as a further deterrent.

Store Clothing in Sealed Containers

Store clothing in sealed containers—chests, plastic storage containers, suitcases, etc.—where moths can’t get to them.

Garden Compost used to Make Sustainable Furniture

Compost Furniture

© 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.

Home made furniture

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Ela calls herself a “designer-gatherer” becasue she creates stools, cups, lampshades and other pieces of furniture by blending organic matter like vegetation, dirt and various fibers in a proportional recipe, and molded using compression, provided by her feet. According to Ela’s research, the foot-mixing technique for earth-based construction is quite old, being used in ancient times in places like Iran, Iraq and Palestine.

Sustainable Furniture

© Adital Ela

On FastCo.Design, Ela describes how she first got the idea for making these biodegradable works when sipping a cup of chai tea in a clay cup:


I was absolutely fascinated by the way those sun-dried clay cups were tossed to the ground and blended back to become earth again within minutes. Seeing this, I started asking myself, ‘How can products, like people, come from dust, and to dust return?’

This strikes a chord with us at Dust Factory because things are very much the same in the textile industry.

Compost Furniture

© Adital Ela

There are interesting implications in Ela’s project because not only are these materials available everywhere, the time-honoured technique is something that anyone can use to create their own low-impact and easily recyclable furniture. In developing her methods, Ela realized that her own grandmother built ovens in the past using similar techniques.

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