Now, this trend is literally eye candy. We're sure you've seen it: tiled tops, often in vibrant colors, given personality by exposed seams and mismatched textiles. The patchwork top is emblematic of the wildly growing interest in upcycling, (or "reworking"), and turning fabric scraps and retaso into alluring, desirable statement pieces. This fashion fixation is full of art and potential, and is an encouraging indication of the market's renewed interest in sustainability!
Sold? Cop your own patchwork tops from the shops below!
1. Shop Rework
Let's kick off this list with local haunts. Often made of linen and/or cotton, Shop Rework's pieces are gloriously on-trend and perfect for summer.
Tagpi's pieces are fabulous, fabulous re-spins of fabric scraps used in the production of their mother line, Kanayun Collective. Each piece is one-of-a-kind, and made with love. Their releaseses are seasonal, so make sure to keep updated with them!
Double-tap-worthy realness! Project.ph's patchwork pieces are impossible to resist, especially if you have an eye for vintage, graphic motifs.
4. Nin & Yang
Not into super bright colors? That's okay, too! Nin & Yang probably have items that you'll like, as their retaso tops stick to classic, neutral shades.
5. Rave Review
Let's head on out to brands from overseas. If you're looking to invest in something more avant garde, then the second half of this list is perfect for you. First up, we have Rave Review, an audacious Swedish upcycling brand that dares to pile on the prints. In one word: Stunning.
6. Upsy Gals
Next, we have Upsy Gals, a Malaysian brand. Their aesthetic is very much Lolita-meets-Harajuku, with a hint of tea party vibes, too. Are we living for it? Yes!
7. A Hug
Pure art. A Hug's pieces are more sculptural than simple patchwork, and they make a statement like no other. Scrolling through their feed is such an experience.
8. Rua Carlota
No body collage list would be complete without mentioning Rua Carlota, one of the most visually intriguing brands at work today. Charlotte Kirkham, the lone creator of each piece, claims to "lead with color"– not with plotted shapes– when working, and the result is wildly, deliciously organic.
The ever-dainty pieces from Mila Sullivan are strange, yet soft. There's something about them that's reminiscent of children's book characters– they're whimsical and lovely, perfect for people who can't decide between the cottagecore or futuristic aesthetic.
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