Rather than hitting ready-made clothing shops, nowadays people are bending more towards dollar stores that sell used clothing items. People buy these cheap clothes and upcycle them to look like brand new, high-quality clothes. Jullien Owens is one such designer who sees potential in second-hand thrift store clothes.
Jullien who lives in South Carolina could not afford shiny, branded clothes. She worked for a non profit organization and only made a few notes of cash a month. But, she was creative. So, she bought clothes from cheap stores. These clothes were always priced at around $1 and are out seasoned and out of fashion. Using her creativity, she remade the clothes she bought to look stunning and elegant.
Even though she wasn’t able to buy all the high priced clothes she sees in big branded shops, at the end of the day she made herself clothes that look more beautiful than the store-bought ones. This was 10 years ago.
She started from a small sewing machine she owned those days at her small apartment area. She learned from the books she borrowed from the library. But today, she owns a customized fashion room that she can call her own.
After a while, she started her website “Refashionista” to share her work with the world. She believes that everyone is creative in their way and all should start looking at things differently, even problems.
As per Jullien, every design differs with the piece. She always looks for outdated and weird clothes in dollar shops. On some occasions, her work only includes removing a part of the cloth and sometimes she pulls out each and every part and redesigns it completely. Either way, the outcome is superb.
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