How Upscaling Is Turning Fashion Upside Down

Eco conscious Berlin fashion designer, Wilfried Pletzinger, shows us how to put value back into the clothes we no longer love by up-cycling.

So often our wardrobes overflow with clothes that we haven’t worn in years and probably won’t wear again. Second hand stores will always remain a great charitable option for putting our unwanted garments back into use. For Wilfried Pletzinger unwanted clothes are the materials for a whole new fashion collection.

Wilfried works with unwanted sportswear transforming pieces such as swimming costumes and hockey jerseys into unique streetwear items. Although fairtrade cotton can also present an eco alternative in the fashion industry, upcycling is the most efficient way to reduce consumption and waste.

Upcycling of course presents many challenges to designers; there are no rules to follow and for every item you have to find a new way to work. However with more and more designers viewing our thrift stores as the new fabric outlet, and our old clothes as inspiration, it’s an exciting future for the eco conscious fashionista.


Wilfried Pletzinger redesignes and upgrades existing garmets. He develops individual garments using material from sportswear, knitwear and jeans. He takes original designs from the 70s up till present to create sophisticated, wearable fashion with personality and sex appeal. He refuses to accept any inherent limits found in the original pieces’ patterns, forms, or material. Wilfried Peltzinger is fascinated by the challenge of developing something new, glamorous and contemporary from existing garments while drawing inspiration beyond just retro, vintage or copycat style. … More here



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