I would never have guessed, but these colorful cuties are made from… umbrella leftovers!
This original idea comes from Lee, a 24-year old Thai girl with a creative mind and a heart for the environment.
If you like bags that are vibrant, practical and eco-friendly, Repleat is your go-to brand!
So how did this girl come up with the idea to turn old umbrellas into fashion items?
Lee just finished her studies in product design and has always enjoyed experimenting with different materials. One day she visited a friend who’s family owns an umbrella factory, and saw how much perfectly good fabric ended up in the bin.
“I liked the bright colors and the light and waterproof material. I’m also passionate about recycling and reusing, although these issues still need to gain momentum in Thailand”, Lee told me. “My friend’s family was happy to supply me with their leftovers and then I started doing what I love most: getting creative with fabric!”
She developed a unique pleading technique, by folding paper inside the umbrella material and baking it in an oven. Inspired by 70ies fashion, she designed her first collection full of bright colors and with an instant summer feel. Repleat was born!
Next to being an environment-friendly brand, Repleat is also a women’s family business. Lee’s mom helps her out with the production, while her aunt manages the financial aspects and her sister lends a helping hand on the marketing side.
“It all works very organically, and I look forward to growing my business with my family at my side. One day I want to establish Repleat as a well-known ecological Thai fashion brand, and I hope many others will follow down the green path too.”
A vision I full-heartedly support!
Next to rainbow bags, Repleat also has a collection of backpacks in natural colors.
Where to shop Repleat
You can find Lee’s pieces in several shops in Bangkok, for example in the Emporium and Gaysorn malls. You can check the list of shops and the full collection on Lee’s Instagram page (@repleatme) and on her website.
If you’d like to order from outside of Thailand, drop me a message through my contact page or send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org!
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