Trained in the art of repair, my choices in art, fashion and decor have always favored anything “upcycled”. And it seems like it isn’t for DIY geeks like me or the hard-core environmentalist anymore.
Watch a Project Runway episode and you’ll see designers rescuing dumpster materials to create couture designs. The blogosphere is now home to Etsy shops and DIY bloggers who teach and sell their kitschy merchandise. Vintage stores and thrift shops are now sourced for fashion canvasses that can be transformed into unique pieces. It’s the time for mash-ups, after all. Hi, NKOTBSB!
The idea is simple: take old, unwanted items and repurpose them into something better, something more covetable. It adds to the street cred of the person wearing it too, as if the dip-dyed purse made from shower curtains says something about her unique personality.
Plueys caught on this trend too, somehow. We salvaged rain boots and turned them into luggage tags sporting your signature Plueys prints — Catstooth, Match Point, Tokyo Rain, Oooh La Lace, Origami Me, Go Fish, Puppy Love, Sublime and Sugarplum. Use it to identify your bags, entertain the bellboy or simply to join the upcycling movement.
Each luggage tag costs only PHP250. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer this holiday season!
So, get on it and jet-set the world in style, with a piece of your favorite rain boots hanging on to your luggage.
Little sis Risa (big sis is Esel, founder of Ready For Rain) is a publisher on weekdays and a Do-It-Yourself crafter on weekends.
A lover of vintage, sparkles and statement accessories, her custom-made hair accessories add an exclamation point (or two!) to a bride’s wish list or the girly-girl’s wardrobe. More of her thoughts and works here.