Linda Lavelle's Story:
After separating from my husband in 2010 and with my financial situation changing drastically, I truly understood the meaning of the words of my friends from former communist countries:
"There was nothing for us so we had to be very creative".
As an environmentalist in spirit all of my adult life, I did occasionally shop in Thrift stores, now I had to convince myself that these were the only stores where I would be buying my clothes and clothes for my three children. Don’t get me wrong, I love classic, good quality garments, but what about the unique, trendy, one-of-a-kind look? I pulled out my old sewing machine. Making clothes for myself and my children proved to be one of the most joyful things I have ever done.
Selling my creations right off my shoulders during my grocery shopping was one of the most rewarding things that happened to me in a long time. And so, "Revive" was born. But unlike other "green" designers, I rescue a lot of 100% new material. If you are a regular Thrift store patron, quite often you will come across one or two dozen of 100% new, but very outdated garments in the same style, donated by a clothing store.
These are a special treat for me and my clients because now I can repeat my masterpieces and offer them in different sizes. I made another discovery talking to a Canadian designer with whom I share similar values (ie go green!). She told me that hundreds of pounds of scrap fabric-leftovers from large volume clothing productions go to the dump every week. I started purchasing these scraps and ended up with a unique "green" line of upcycled clothing – much of it made out of 100% new material.
After doing some research I realized that most existing recycled clothing lines target only young, petite women. Unfair! Ladies of all sizes are welcome in my booth, because every woman deserves the chance to Revive!