Williamsburg Greenpoint News+Arts

Posted in Fashion by Shannon South on December 16, 2010

We’re very excited to have been chosen to accessorize the fashion spread in the latest Williamsburg Greenpoint News+Arts issue. This seven page article promotes shopping locally, featuring designers and shops in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. This newspaper is free at select shops and cafes around the neighborhood. Thanks WG News!


Timeless, Deconstructed, Re-cut, and Completely Transformed Clothing

Posted in Fashion by Shannon South on December 15, 2010

Junky Styling is a brilliant company that I read about a couple of years ago, accidentally came across their shop in London about a year ago, and intentionally went back again this year and bought three pieces. They basically do what I do, but remake clothing, mainly using men’s suits and sweaters. What I love about their pieces, aside from the obvious fact that they are made from discarded clothes, is that everything is so well tailored, fits beautifully and is totally unique and flattering. Every piece is one of a kind, hand made, and very well priced.  Some of their collection is available for purchase online, but I highly recommend visiting their shop just off Brick Lane in the East End.

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We’re in Boho Magazine!

Posted in Press by Shannon South on December 6, 2010

I’m very excited that the current issue of Boho Magazine has finally arrived and reMade USA is in it!

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Vegan, Vegetarian… Cheatatarian?

Posted in Fashion by Shannon South on November 12, 2010

Last night, I went to an event by vegan shoe company Olsen Haus. Elizabeth Olsen held a shoe design contest for Pratt students to design a convertible vegan shoe that could be worn in warm and cold weather. They’re going to produce the winning shoe and generously give the student 10% royalties, as well as 10% to the Farm Sanctuary. There were some really great designs and I’m sure it must have been a tough decision.

The event itself was really nice. Famous vegans, Russell Simmons and Moby were there. Catering was by Regal Vegan and it was fantastic. (we couldn’t stop eating the Faux Gras)

As the night went on, we chatted with different people and I started to realize how dedicated and political vegans typically are. I met a vegan burlesque performer (sounds like an oxymoron, but this is NYC after all) and it was fascinating to hear about the trouble she has finding non-animal materials for her costumes.

I got to thinking about where my own ethics lie. There are so many levels and trajectories of ethical behavior and I’ve always considered my choices to be very personal. I don’t go around advertising that I don’t eat meat or making others feel guilty if they do. Even with my business, I am fine with using used leather because I know that I am diverting it from landfill, yet I don’t feel comfortable using brand new leather. I learned that most vegans would not even use used leather because it is still promoting the use of animal skin, yet I wonder how aware many of them are aware of the environmental effects of the chemicals that go into certain pleather accessories (not all companies are as environmentally sensitive as Olsen Haus) …not to mention the fact that leather goods usually outlast their synthetic imposters.

Educating ourselves about the issues pertaining to our health and the treatment of animals is very important. After that, we ought to work out our own boundaries and do what feels ethically right for us. Most importantly, I believe we need to respect our fellow human and try to be open minded. (I have no plans of breaking up with my fiancé for being a cheatatarian.)

Read more about the event on Treehugger.

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Brooklyn Diary

Posted in Brooklyn by Shannon South on October 13, 2010

Brooklyn Diary has arrived! Jennifer, Jenny, and I are all thrilled to be featured in Lena Corwin’s new book.  The photography is beautiful and it’s a great compilation of some of the really inspiring things going on in Brooklyn these days.

Open Studio

Posted in reMade USA by Shannon South on September 22, 2010

The studios in Dobbin Mews will be open for an evening of shopping, flowers, and wine… plus a chance to see where we all work. Participating studios are:  reMade USA bags, Odette NY jewelry, Wiksten handmade clothes, Fay Andrada handmade jewelry, Nicolette Camille floral design and Judith Trezza gilding.

reMade USA studio in Brooklyn!

Posted in reMade USA by Shannon South on June 14, 2010

I’ve found an amazing studio space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, right next to McCarren park. The studio is in a beautiful space owned by artists and filled with vibrant, creative energy. My neighbors include Odette NY jewelry, Wiksten handmade clothes, Fay Andrada handmade jewelry, Nicolette Camille floral design.

photos by Jennifer Sarkilahti of Odette.