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Green Is The New Black

Creative Wearables (aka upcycling): Behind the Brand with Agatha Lee

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Is your wardrobe an archeological dig? Why not get creative by upcycling your clothes and giving them a new lease of life.

We spoke to Agatha Lee, AKA Agy: Textile Artist to get some top tips on how she started upcycling and how we can too. Looking at the amount of clothes she had and the amount of clothes we Singaporeans throw away so easily (Singapore throws out 1 tonne of textile waste every 5 minutes), she started taking her old clothes and repairing them, transforming them into basically more relevant things, more useful things. From then on, she decided to actually take it a step further and combine art with environmental issues and really getting people to think about what their relationship is with their clothes as well as with the environment.


“I realized that my wardrobe is literally like an archeological dig. There’ so many clothes. I was just buying a lot of stuff and I realized this is not the way to go. I have to do something about it..               

 – Agatha Lee


Agatha is also one of our Green Warriors, read more here.

In this interview with Agatha, we speak about: 

  • Her journey and she you got started with Upcycling
  • The problem with textile waste
  • And how we can start to create a second life for out clothes!


Try out Agy’s Little Green Steps:

  1. Be curious and ask questions. Where did my clothes come from? How can I make it
    last longer?
  2. Slow down because once we start slowing down, we start to appreciate the things that we have.
  3. Upcycle and repair with your friends. Gather a few friends together, have a little party in your house.

Get updated with Agy’s next upcycling workshops and hone those creative skills here.  
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