In furniture design, the upcycling design method has gained a loyal follower base by taking old products and transforming or adapting them into new environments that leave the items’ original purpose behind –isn’t there a friend of yours who uses pallets as a bedstead?

Slowly the eco-conscious movement is also gaining foothold in fashion in many forms such as remade pairs of jeans created by sewing together different vintage fabrics. Parisian trade shows Who’s Next and Premiere Classe have engaged seven young designers from various Mediterranean countries to create mini capsule-collections of twenty upcycled limited-edition garments.

Old Converse Chuck-Taylors at the Eureka Fripe warehouse.
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Old Converse Chuck-Taylors at the Eureka Fripe warehouse.

Among the participants, Nicholas Capron (Sea For Sinnerman); Sarah and Tracy of Second St.; Louis Gabriel Nouchi; Giuseppe Caniglia (Work On); Delphine Dénéréaz; Miguel and Guillermo of ManéMané; and Sakina M’sa of Blue Line.

Designers searching garments at the Eureka Fripe warehouse.
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Designers searching garments at the Eureka Fripe warehouse.

Eureka Fripe warehouse.
© Adrien Dubuisson
Eureka Fripe warehouse.

All designers were given a day at Eureka Fripe, a huge stock warehouse in Rouen, home of 3,500 tons of second-hand clothing, to select the clothes that will be the base of their new work. The final collections will be displayed at Who’s Next and Premiere Classe from September 1-5, in Paris. Besides, the pieces will be available for sole at the Kiliwatch Paris vintage store from September 1 until October 2.

Meet the designers participating in the project in the video below: