What if you could turn all your old comfy sweaters, pants and t-shirts into brand-new, fashion-forward pieces?
That’s the idea behind So Comfy Designs, a new clothing line from Canadian designer Randa Roberts. She takes gently used clothing and “upcycles” them into original and unique scarves, mitts, headbands and dresses.
“I’ve often wondered what becomes of all the clothes that one sees in retail stores that don’t sell, and was inspired to create new articles comprised of discarded ones,” Roberts tells the Digital Napkin website.
Her clothing line features the So Comfy Mittens, created from pieces of gently used sweaters, fleece blankets and pajamas, and So Comfy Infinity Scarves, sewn from cardigans, sweaters and sometimes even pants.
"Each item is made using 100% upcycled materials sourced from local thrift stores and donations from a great network of people willing to donate their clothes to this company. Every item is thoroughly washed and ready to be transformed into something new and exciting again," says the company's Facebook page.
Looking for a one-of-a-kind piece created from a favorite old dress or t-shirt? Roberts works with customers to create new pieces from previously worn clothing and textiles.
"I'm always excited to have someone come to me with an old dress, skirt, or some other article of clothing that's fab but no longer wearable for one reason or another," the designer says on the So Comfy Designs website.
Roberts' unique designs are currently available at a handful of local boutiques in her hometown of Sarnia, Ontario, but she also ships worldwide to customers seeking unique, eco-friendly fashion.
"Upcycling is a growing trend for the environmentally conscious set who also happens to be fashionable. So Comfy Designs gives the wearer a chance to be eco-friendly and unique, trendy and comfortable," the company says on its Facebook page.