More and more consumers are using apps like Depop and Poshmark and renting luxury clothing, while designers like Dries Van Noten are reselling their vintage creations, helping create these new circular supply chains.
Perhaps more importantly, the look of clothing itself is changing to adapt to these new demands. Amidst a rise of upcycled and vintage-inspired looks, patchwork clothing, garments made from swatches of stitched-together fabrics, is again becoming increasingly popular.
Independent young designers are turning deadstock fabrics, Nike socks, and discarded tops into corsets, shirts, and bike shorts. Deadstock fabric is fabric that already exists, and younger designers will often purchase it from larger brands who have opted not to use it or have over produced. In doing so, they help reduce the waste created by purchasing new fabric (however, the initial commissioners of the fabric still may not be choosing to lessen their consumption).
Others may source their fabric from thrifting, like Kayla Sade Famurewa, who upcycles sweatshirts into corsets and other pieces. Famurewa’s brand Almost on Time has almost 50,000 followers on Instagram, and her pieces often sell out immediately. British fashion student and Depopper Rosayab uses small squares of deadstock fabrics to create tight tops, dresses, skirts, shorts, and sets that often include colorful, contrasting stitching, and differently textured fabrics.