Pop-Up At GOSA Studios In Mashpee Commons Highlights Eco-Fashions, The Tailor Project
By: JOANNE BRIANA-GARTNER, April 14, 2014
The public is invited to join six sustainable fashion businesses at GOSA in Mashpee Commons on Friday, April 18, from 6 to 8 PM as they create a fashionable as well as ethical, Earth Month pop-up. Those who stop in will enjoy organic cocktails and an evening of shopping with local businesses including Green Line by K, Shift Eco Boutique, Devinto, Shawl Consignment, Trust Re-Purposed Jewelry, and The Tailor Project.
Each of the participating businesses will represent a different part of the eco-fashion chain from sustainably manufactured garments, to clothing and jewelry re-purposed to have a second life.
In regards to this one-night event, Amanda Converse, co-owner of Shift Eco Boutique in Hyannis, said “I think there is a perception that incorporating sustainability principles into our day-to-day lives, particularly purchasing sustainably manufactured clothing, is not accessible to the masses. By bringing all of these people and businesses together, not only are we showing the various forms of sustainable fashion, but also where and how to purchase it locally on Cape Cod.”
In addition to the boutiques, which will have their wares for sale, the evening will feature an invitation to join The Tailor Project, a collaboration between Green Line by K’s Kathryn Hilderbrand, who is also a Mashpee tailor, and sustainable fashion writer and consultant Amy DuFault of Mashpee. The Tailor Project is a year-long mending and design collaboration that is showcasing DuFault’s year-long “fashion fast,” where she is not buying any new clothing, jewelry or shoes and instead is revamping and reusing what she currently owns.
“I think we’ve become a pretty lazy society in terms of being creative with how we use our clothing,” Ms. DuFault said. “The whole idea behind The Tailor Project is to get people to think more creatively about their clothing.” Ms. DuFault went on to explain that many people have clothing in their closets that the love but aren’t wearing any more. “Maybe the pants are too loose, the length is too long, you loved the fabric but hate the style, you just wish some part of that piece of clothing fit you better. Your local tailor can fix those items Ms. DuFault said, “and it does not cost a fortune at all.”
Ms. DuFault went on to explain that while it may cost more to have a tailor completely redesign something or create something from a pattern, the benefit for the client will be having something they love, that they are vested in, and that fits. “I always like to compare how much we allow in our budgets to buy new cheap clothes at places like Forever 21 or H&M or how much we go out and drop money on a coffee at Starbucks but won’t spend extra money to take care of the clothing we do have,” Ms. DuFault said.
On a personal level, Ms. DuFault said that revamping and reusing clothing she already owns has giving her “new eyes to see how my old clothes can be worn. I work in New York City twice a month and used to plan on picking up something new for events before I left the city. Now I look a little deeper a what I have, how I can accessorize it differently, how I can pair pieces together to make them unexpected.”
The Tailor Project encourages people to patronize their local tailor, a profession being pushed out for cheaply-made and cheaply-priced clothing that is easier to just throw away than to mend.
Ms. DuFault also said she is thrilled with the ways in which Ms. Hilderbrand has been able to alter the clothing she already owns. She has created a pencil skirt out of one of Ms. DuFault’s vintage dresses, shortened another dress and used the textile waste from the bottom to build out the sleeves, and made, according to Ms. DuFault, “an old black blazer a heck of a lot more modern by shortening sleeves, fixing the tux-like lapels and shortening length.
The Tailor Project has a Facebook page dedicated to showcasing all the updates and revamps (www.facebook.com/thetailorproject).
One of the showpieces of Friday’s event is a couture transparency dress made of 100 percent recycled plastic designed by Ms. Hilderbrand. The dress, which is an art piece rather than functional clothing, will be lit up in the window of GOSA as a memorial to the lives lost in the Bangladesh garment factory collapse, which happened a year ago this April. “With the anniversary of Bangladesh and the Rana Plaza factory collapse, I wanted to do something to memorialize why we need to be more transparent in fashion moving forward,” Ms. Hilderbrand said. “This seemed to me to be the perfect way to create something beautiful as well as send a very important message.”
GOSA is at 27 Fountain Street (formerly Cutrona Studios) in Mashpee Commons.