The United States currently imports 97% of its clothing. Our consumption creates about 26 billion pounds of textile waste each year, making each American responsible for an average of 81 pounds of discarded clothing and home goods.
The 3% is a movement of designers working to raise awareness about our habits and expand garment manufacturing and worth here in America. To do this, we need to develop more value in the product we sell and cultivate deeper feelings in the mind of the consumer about the impact of fashion.
Upcycling, or the reconstruction of clothing into new pieces, is a growing trend among local and national designers. This coat is made from eight pairs of jeans and one sweater; all were purchased at thrift stores around Los Angeles.
As a Los Angeles designer, I am 100% committed to the strength of the fashion design industry in Southern California and showing that commitment through my work.
Project Runway veteran Amy Bond is a contemporary fashion designer working in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Otis College has been her home since 2003 and she is currently an instructor in its Extension program.