Re-purposing, everyone’s doing it. In what could probably be more aptly described as our response to the ecological and economic crises we all face, re-purposing also sets the creative juices a-flow. By it’s very nature we are required, no compelled, to rethink the form and function of objects we have come to appreciate, in alternate ways.
Fashion too embraces this concept, with items being re-purposed to great acclaim. Fabrics too have been re-purposed, in the broader context of the meaning. This makes me think of denim, a staple in most of our wardrobes (see my vintage denim post here).
Denim is believed to have originated in the French town of Nimes, during the 19th century. The robust cotton twill fabric was used to make trousers worn by sailors from Genoa in Italy, regarded by some as the ancestor of the jean, with the French word for Genoa – Gênes – said to have inspired the word jean. Denim soon became a rugged, workwear staple and has now been re-purposed to fashion staple. What a legacy!
I recently picked up this Levi’s denim short-sleeved shirt (remember what Men’s Health Fashion and Grooming Editor Azeez Jacobs had to say about short-sleeved shirts in my previous post) and I am loving it. For something that in another time and place, would have been relegated to functional workwear, this piece retains it functionality. Add in some modern tailoring to ensure the fit is updated and you have a piece that will continue in its heritage as a wardrobe staple. Decided to pull the collar up, just to add in some ‘tude. Denim just does that to me!
I paired the denim shirt with salmon coloured chinos from the David Jones classic collection at Woolworths. The colour resonated with my mood and works well during the current spring season here in Joburg. Slightly cuffed at the ankle, and you are ready to go go go!
Finishing off the look, I hauled out my Asics trainers. I really can’t get enough of these retro inspired trainers and they go with just about anything I wear. Am going to have to consciously choose not to wear them for a while, ok, a week, maybe just this afternoon.
Speaking about re-purposing, I received this Jolla backpack from Sealand Gear, a Cape Town based initiative practising upcycling.
Upcycling is the practice of creating a useable product from waste or unwanted items, or adapting existing spent materials in some way that is useful or creative, but importantly, that adds value in a new context.
I used the Jolla backpack to replace my previous laptop bag and what a great decision that was! The bag has tons of space which means I am now able to use one bag for both my camera (plus some equipment) and laptop. A real win in my books. And as an added bonus I know I am doing my bit to reduce my footprint and impact on our environment.
Between my re-purposed denim shirt and my upcycled backpack, I had an extra jump in my step as I went about my business.
Sealand Gear will be one of 120 exhibitors at the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair, taking place this weekend from 14 – 16 October 2016 at Hyde Park Corner. This outdoor fair features the best local furniture crafters, artisan products, top SA chefs, high-end wine labels, micro breweries and specialty foods. Catering to the crossover interests of a discerning lifestyle, there is no better way to experience a balmy Joburg summer evening, complete with sensational sunset views!
The Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair has established itself as a not to be missed event on the Joburg social calendar. I am looking forward to once again taking in all that local Joburg creativity has to offer. It truly is a mecca for inspiration!
Win Win Win!
I have two sets of double tickets for two lucky My Lime Boots readers, to enjoy the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair this weekend. To stand a chance to win, check out my video on my YouTube channel. Make sure to leave a comment on the video telling me why you would like to attend and give my channel a follow while you are there! For a second chance, head on over to my Twitter account and retweet the pinned post.
The nitty gritty
Please note that the giveaway is only open to South African readers living anywhere in South Africa who can get themselves to Joburg for the fair (transport costs not included). You may enter on YouTube and Twitter as many times as you like. The giveaway closes on Thursday 13 October 2016 at 12h00. The winner will be announced immediately thereafter, here on the blog.
And The Winners Are…
Well done to Anelle Tewson (@ane11e on Twitter) and Carike (XpertDonut on YouTube) who have both won a set of double tickets to attend the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair this weekend.
Looking forward to seeing you at the fair this weekend!