When being asked to write an article for AETHIC, I looked through the pages and was excited about the collection of interesting topics and great summaries of sustainable fashion. I thought about the things I could talk about and the labels, that I am interested in. Almost everything I love was already mentioned. But one label was missing, that needs to be shown.
“Upcycling seems to be the hobby every housewife starts with.”
But at first I need to tell you, how I came across them: When I started to get interested in upcycling and searched for inspiration on the internet, I was very disappointed. Upcycling seems to be the hobby every housewife starts with. There are countless pictures, that show how to use old clothes and make something out of them, that nobody ever wanted to have. The level of taste was not very high in many examples. I love the idea behind upcycling and giving old clothes a new life. So that is why I kept searching for good examples. I searched for interesting designs, new shapes and ideas and in the end I found a couple of great labels! Some of them were already mentioned here, but this label seems to have slipped through until now.
“I love the idea behind upcycling and giving old clothes a new life.”
I want to present the label: FADE OUT to you.
It‘s a fashion label based in Berlin. Andrea Bonfini & Nicola Gomiero are the two designers behind the label, who are not coming from a conventional fashion design career. They both went to art schools, what makes their view on fashion even more interesting.
Nicola Gomiero, born in 1978 also worked as an event organizer and sound engineer in Rome. He moved to Germany where he founded the upcycling label „EKOLOVESANIMAL“, containing leather bags. He has been a consultant for vintage clothing for years.
Andrea Bonfini, born in 1981, used to work as a painter and costume designer for the theatre and the performing arts, during his studies of art painting. Afterwards he worked for the international fashion label Miss Sixty for six years. During the time at Miss Sixty in Rome he operated two own fashion brands: First the „CA2 creative“, where he worked with laser cut leather accessories. Then he also designed the prints for the clothing label „DOREAPALAN“.
“They went to art schools, what makes their view on fashion even more interesting.”
In 2013 they started to work with recycled denim. Two years later they presented their first designs together.
Their label contains comfortable unisex clothes and accessories made from deconstructed vintage clothes. They only use recycled fabrics and reclaimed materials in all their designs. The shapes are very interesting and since the material is unique, all the designs are inimitable.
“It looks exclusive and you can see, that the patch working is part of the design.”
I think the design itself is just great and doesn’t look crafted at all. It looks exclusive and you can see, that the patch working is part of the design and not only a result of the upcycling process. I love the thought of having a garment, that combines many stories and has already lived another life. Who knows who has worn those pieces before and at what places on earth they have already been?
Next week we are going to present the label in the section “labelwatch”.
IMAGE SOURCE: www.fadeoutlabel.com