Chat + Shop with Vintage Upcycler Evie from Daines Atelier

Chatting with Evie founder of Daines Atelier – Turning vintage textiles into sustainable and unique clothing

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As thrifted and vintage fashion continues to rise in popularity it feels lovely to be shining a light on local maker Evie of Daines Atelier. Truly lovely and based in Frome, Somerset. Evie creates beautiful, sustainable and unique clothing from vintage textiles, let’s find out more in this week’s Chat + Shop!!!

Evie welcome to Chat + Shop, tell us all about your wonderful business Daines Atelier…

Daines Atelier creates handmade clothing from vintage textiles. Our up-cycled fashion are known to be one-off and on the rare occasion a limited run, dependent on fabric availability.

The joy of working with Vintage and Remnant Materials is that there is always a story to be told. The fabrics hold memories of a past life being hand-selected by another or previously cut into a gown for an occasion. The imperfections within the materials hold more than we’ll ever know.

Turning vintage textiles into clothing is such a clever way to be sustainable and unique, what started this passion?

The journey began from my childhood love for antiques shops and vintage clothing. I was particularly a fan of the 1980’s new romanticism movement, which was influenced by 70s glam rock, 1930s cabaret, Charles I and the French Incroyables.

Collecting a range of vintage fabrics, typically remnants and small off-cuts, led to exploring new ways of working with materials which still had a second lease of life.

Previously training at The University for the Creative Arts studying tailoring and couture sewing. I was able to adapt these skills in a more contemporary and sustainable manner. The fashion industry is the second largest polluter on the planet, with the creation of new textiles accounting for 85% of it. By taking a more circular and sustainable approach to fashion, upcycling is the way forward to reduce the industries carbon footprint.

Evie of Daines Atelier creating unique clothing from vintage remnants and textiles at her studio in Frome, Somerset

I love how you’ve taken a childhood interest and turned it into an intuitive and special business that not only helps the planet but also encourages people to be unique and explore what it feels like to choose second hand. Where can we find you?

Daines Atelier can be found at Poot Emporium & The Frome Independent which runs on the first sunday of every month! Poot is a treasure trove up the renown Catherine Hill. Home to ‘Sow’s Ear Couture’, ‘Collect me’ and ‘Hearts and Guns.’ It’s the place to be when searching for Ethical Fashion Designer clothing that’s one-of-a-kind.

The Frome Independent is held on the 1st Sunday of the month

You can also follow me on social media or find out more on our Daines Atelier Website. Check out my other Chat + Shop interviews with Nicky Bragg @fromiegifts and Kate Talbot @hung.drawn.quoted.

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Come back next Friday for more Chat + Shop goodness. And remember when you shop small you support a person, a family and a community. It takes a village to support our local special brands. Thank you for reading and leave a comment below for Evie!

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