Sustainable Designers: Meet TL Brooke



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Starting in September, my company Pildora has featured a sustainable designer each month. As part of the feature we produce a high fashion editorial and a video. The goal of the video interview is to allow designers to tell their stories and the stories of their unique garments. one of the biggest issues in the sustainable fashion industry is that people so often don’t understand why garments are so over-priced and that is because they don’t know the story of the garment, how it was made produced and so often carefully crafted by hand. Well we are here to tell that story!

I met Timothy L Brooke at his Brooklyn based apartment, which was itself so unique. I had an amazing experience learning about his garments, his experience and him as a designer. I am proud to announce Timothy and his brand, TL BROOKE as our January feature!

Here is some info about Timothy and TL BROOKE:

About T.L. Brooke:

T.L. Brooke is a New York City-based sustainable fashion brand that creates red carpet style and gender neutral clothing solely from repurposed materials. The goal of T.L. Brooke is to offer clothing choices that are no longer mutually exclusive, allowing whoever wears the clothing to not feel confined to gender stereotypes.
It was founded by Timothy L. Westbrook while he attended Syracuse University and majored in Fiber Arts and Material Studies. In 2008, during his sophomore year of college, Westbrook realized that his dorm building had no recycling bins for fabric or papers. Inspired to make a change, Westbrook solely used repurposed or salvaged materials in his work moving forward.

How T.L. Brooke approaches sustainability:

Westbrook often finds his family members and friends passing along their old clothing to him, to utilize in his designs. T.L. Brooke has created collections incorporating salvaged materials from past wedding dresses, antique clothing, old umbrellas, audio cassette tapes, violin strings and more. My personal favorite was the cassette tape oversized jacket, LOVE!

He has created numerous pieces from rescuing abandoned materials. During his time at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, hotel workers passed along left behind branded hotel umbrellas to Westbrook which he turned into a collection of rain jackets. I love how Timothy says he is “rescuing these umbrellas.”

Westbrook believes that no clothing or materials should have expiration dates. When something reaches its “retirement age,” he salvages the materials to create something new.

One of Westbrook’s finest moments was when artist Brandon Minga wore one of his vest designs, repurposed from strips of plastic grocery bags, during his artwork unveiling at the Milwaukee Bucks Stadium.

T.L. Brooke aims to incorporate sustainable practices in all aspects of his life. In past shows, he has transported himself and his materials via bicycle car van.

Not only is Timothy an amazing designer, but he is an amazing person, as I have found many sustainable designers to be. This journey has brought me in contact with some of the sweetest and most passionate people in the world and I know together we are going to make a difference. My goal with posting these videos is to offer insights and to start to create a community for those who feel that they don’t fit into the traditional fashion world. We are here to help each other out rather than cut each other down. Sending love!

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Upcycled Vintage Blitz Battery Charger



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Upcycled Vintage Blitz Battery Charger gets a re-charge on life!

I got this old service station battery charger from my uncle…When I plugged it in it didn’t seem to work for actually charging a battery soooooo…since I thought it was kind of cool I decided to NOT just junk it and to make something cool out of it. It has been kicking around the shop for the last couple years and I finally got around to it! We are always having people in our little campers when we camp checking it out inside and I hate seeing modern technological “JUNK” sitting around, cords everywhere, etc…so maybe this little guy can hide some of that and give off a cool vibe while doing it!

#junkinthistruck, #vintagebatterycharger, #upcycled

WE UPCYCLED A VINTAGE SUIT CASE AND TURNED IT INTO A COFFEE TABLE



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This DIY coffee table is one of a kind, learn how to transform a vintage suitcase into a functional table with storage!

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Materials:
1 Vintage Suitcase
Murphy’s Oil soap
4 feet of choice
4 hardware straight top plates
4 square pieces of plywood
1 Tempered Piece of Glass to the dimensions of your case (this step is optional + could help you save money if needed)
20 wood Screws
1 Package of Gel Glass Protective Pads

Tools:
Power Drill
⅛ pre drill bit
Square head bit tip – ¼”X 1”

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UPCYCLED VINTAGE 1980’s Dress into a 1950’s Style Dress – How To Video.



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hey guys hope you like this video.

I bought this dress in a charity shop and decided to upcycle it with a pattern (eeek)
I think it’s pretty cool, Its going to be FOR SALE so if anyone wants to buy it lmk and I’ll link it to you.

xx

Upcycled retro-style DIY bookcase for $25 from an old wooden army trunk



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We found an old army trunk on a classifieds website and decided to create a bookshelf out of it.

Using only very basic tools (hammer, drill, screw driver, screws and some paint), we were able to create a quirky looking, retro-styled bookshelf. The whole project came to roughly about Rs 1500 ($25) including the paint.

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Baggys Co: Vintage Upcycled Backpacks That Look Like Shirts



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WHAT IS A BAGGY?

Is it a shirt? Is it a bag?

No.

It’s a Baggy.

And what’s a Baggy?

Well, it’s a revolutionizing concept for a backpack. Some might even call it a shirt-pack.

At Baggys Co we came up with a backpack made from unused, excess fabric from big clothing factories that were going to throw it away.

We buy the fabric they don’t use, or what was left after cutting and shaping the clothes, and we turn it into bags that look like shirts.

Baggys Co believes in the concept of recycling, or better: upcycling.

We don’t want to waste anything and at the same time give a unique touch of style to what you wear.

So, we bring you one of the most original backpacks in the market.

One you don’t use, but you wear.

A Baggy.

The definition of Upcycle is: “Reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original.”

That’s exactly what we do at Baggys Co.

First, we buy unused excess fabric and materials from big clothing factories, that would otherwise be thrown away.

Then, we reuse them to start crafting our bags.

The Upcycling process takes place.

Finally, your unique shirt-like backpack is ready.

Each and every single Baggy is made from premium quality materials.

The excess fabric is carefully selected to make sure it’s unused, and meets the high quality standards to fit our bags.

For more information on our backpacks, please head to our website: