The Art of ReCraft
Date: July 26, 2021

How we turn the world’s garment waste into beautifully unique, fully-recycled fashion

Our ReCraft collection gives secondhand a second life, transforming salvaged workwear into pieces of beautifully unique, fully-recycled fashion. The goal of ReCraft is to repurpose existing materials, which means fully embracing the soulful character and quirky details of fabrics that have been around the block before. Imperfections save fabric – and they look great too!

Each ReCraft piece is produced by hand in Los Angeles by a sustainable, family-owned cut-and-sew house in a process that takes over 90 days to complete (they don’t call it slow fashion for nothing!). Let’s take a closer look at that process, shall we?



Step 1: Sorting

Image of man sorting a pile of reclamed fabric

ReCraft begins with a huge bin of salvaged surplus, vintage and workwear that we organize by color and garment type over multiple rounds of sorting. Seriously… so many rounds of sorting.



Step 2: Deconstruction

Image of person cutting fabric with large shears

Next, the garments are carefully deconstructed to preserve those special design details that make each piece unique. We don’t just do this because it looks cool – we keep the original pockets, seams and hems intact so we don’t have to waste any of that fantastic material.



Step 3: The Blanket Phase

image of a pile of stitched together fabric pieces

Deconstructed pieces are then sewn together to form a larger fabric panel called a “blanket” or a “hide.” This gives us all the surface area we’ll need to start cutting out our patterns.



Step 4: Cut & Sew

Image of person sewing pieces of Recraft garment together

Here’s where the magic really happens. Patterns are carefully cut from the blanket panels to maximize yield and ensure that those special details from the original garment are thoughtfully incorporated into the final ReCraft design. It’s a process that’s part couture, part Tetris.



Step 5: Dye

Image of person inspecting the results of the dying process on a collection of garments.

The last step of our process is to give the pieces a low-water, eco-friendly dye job using biodegradable pigments. Since the fabric composition of the original materials varies quite a bit, the pieces all respond to the dye a little differently… or sometimes a lot differently! After all is rinsed and ready, we pull any of the true oddball colors out for fun flash sales on our Instagram.



Step 6: The Final Result

Closely cropped image of person wearing Recraft shorts in front of the ocean.

Enter: repurposed workwear. By reconstructing and refining utilitarian staples — all while honoring the quirks that made each original garment great — we present a line of timeless staples recrafted to fit every occasion. 

That’s how you turn garment waste into heirloom fashion pieces with lived-in cool and less carbon footprint. In the US alone, consumers generate 26 billion pounds of textile waste every year. With ReCraft, we’re working to steer that waste away from the landfills by turning it into something you’ll want to keep in your closet for good. 




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