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How upcycling vintage fabrics help us defy creative limits

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Selecting fabrics for a new handbag collection is like a treasure hunt. Crystalyn regularly shops flea markets, antique shops and her favorite local source for sample fabrics: Fabscrap to select pieces of fabrics. Either she finds textiles that get on well with what she already has in mind for the next collection, or what she discovers gives her even more ideas for a future collection.
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What is glazed fabric?

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Glazed fabric, similar to coated canvas, is superior to any vinyl or faux leather you've ever seen.  In fact, glazed fabric is actually preferable to leather as it far more durable, lightweight, scratch-proof and rain-proof. Glazed fabric starts with a woven canvas made of cotton and polyester, then a very thin durable coating of colored glaze is added. 
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Why do we use up-cycled leather ?

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Leather is a very long-lasting material, it can last thousands of years. So, why should we produce new when we can up-cycle? 
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Come see 7 sustainable brands at The Shops at Columbus Circle

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Pratt Institute and the The Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator (BF+DA) have partnered with 360 Wellness  for “Wear the Future Here – Conscious Fashion for a Better Life.”  They have curated a showcase at The Shops at Columbus Circle to tell the stories of 7 apparel brands at the BF+DA, which we are proud to be part of! Each designer has a different story and business model that promotes sustainability and ethical practices in the apparel industry. 

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6 must-see designers showing during New York Market Week!

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While visiting one of my stores in Seattle recently, the shopowner mentioned that it's hard to navigate New York's wholesale market week, because there isn't a map of their favorite brands in one place.  So we took it upon ourselves to help do exactly that!

Here's a peek at our favorite independent fashion designers showing this week in New York:

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About Crystalyn Kae

Crystalyn Kae Brennan Crystalyn is a handbag designer in Brooklyn, NY. Her sustainable luxury handbags are made in USA with ethically-sourced leather and unique vintage fabrics. Read more »


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