For FPD’s eco-conscious readers who are consistently torn between saving the planet and doing it stylishly, you’re in for a treat. LooptWorks was launched in September 2009, when some apparel industry veterans merged Pacific Northwest eco-sensibilities with their love of fashion. The line takes the top-quality scraps from big fashion brands and creates cool, contemporary separates. The city girl with an outdoorsy heart can find sleek hoodies, menswear-inspired shirts, jackets with playful pops of plaid and whimsical graphic tees that retail from $24-$180. Done in half the time, with half the resources, the finished product is a hand-numbered collectible that’s one of about 500. Better yet, each piece is double-needle and triple-needle stitched to last way into next season.
There are some crafty accessories too, like laptop sleeves made from upcycled wetsuit material (a match for Ra’mon’s avant-garde neoprene dress from Project Runway’s Season 6, perhaps?)
LooptWorks has inspired us to coin a new adage: one man’s scraps is another’s sartorial savvy.