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About the shop: Prolong
Prolong stands for prolonging the life of unwanted garments and converting them into bags of higher quality with timeless and bold design.
All the materials are locally sourced and made in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Imagine there is a second life for all of your possessions and it’s up to you if you will allow it to become a “second chapter” in somebody’s wardrobe rather than ending up at the landfill.
Every day is a new challenge I learn that waste is good enough to bring things back to life in their full beauty.
WHAT I OFFER:
All the products are ONE - OFFs, meaning you will never see the same products made twice.
Prolong offers products with 100% transparency so you know exactly where each used garment/item comes from. All the materials are sourced locally from Scotland.
I try to design items that can be used in many ways to eliminate the clutter in your wardrobe.
- multi-functionality over seasonality
I believe in the value of unwanted clothing that normally ends up at the landfill.
I strongly stand for human and animal rights as there is great value in all
lives. Compassion is the main connection between each other to create a
great deal of the sustainable world.
I’m hoping to get more people on the board, so this business can grow into a fully sustainable vision that will be able to create new types of jobs and opportunities for people living in the country.
I am very open to collaborating with other businesses to create the "loop" with circular economy applied in its core. Meaning, that I am able to design and deliver upcycled products so we can create more sustainable businesses & jobs around the world.
I believe there is a power in unity rather than seeing each other as a competition.
I am open to custom work for customers too.
If you have any requirements please do not hesitate and hit me up with an email at [email protected]
WHO STARTED PROLONG:
Prolong is created by Lucia Gasparidesova, originally from Slovakia but living in Aberdeen (Scotland) for over 11 years.
“I’ve started upcycling while I was working for a fashion retail shop. I was working on a collection of 3 outfits at a time and spending all my savings on brand new fabrics. I was getting paid a minimal wage and spending over £300.00 just on fabrics alone. I’ve started upcycling because it was an affordable option without realizing that it’s actually solving more problems that the fashion industry is responsible for like pollution of water from chemical dying, harmful CO2 emissions and damaging soil from chemical pesticides, exploitation... the list goes on.
I started feeling a huge responsibility for every single item I made and was surprised that I've never been told about Fast Fashion at the College of Applied Arts, where I studied fashion design. Quite frankly, I do not even think that Fast Fashion was a thing in my teenage years.
As I came across more sustainable messages of this process, I've realized that there is a much bigger importance of using this method than just the affordable option. Also, reusing what we have is definitely not just sustainable but also very original and offers something unique to every single person. "
About the product
These bags are specifically for people who prefer to have one item that can be used in many ways. I personally don’t like clutter and this type of bag definitely comes in handy.
It’s a very clean and timeless design that will go with elegant outfits as much as leisure ones too.
It’s a bag that can be used for traveling too as the straps are detachable so you can use it as a make-up bag and once you arrive at your destination, you can put the straps on and rock the streets in sustainable style.
Because of the side loops, you can also hang this bag on the wall and other places if needed.
These bags were produced in Edinburgh by Kalopsia Collective, which is a micro-manufacturing company that produces bags for designers in the UK. I’ve managed to be able to still cut panels out of unwanted garments and send them to Edinburgh where it was all put together.
SIZE OF THE BAG:
WIDTH = 22cm
LENGTH = 25cm
ZIP LENGTH = 20cm
SIZE OF THE STRAP:
SHORTEST LENGTH = 64cm
LONGEST LENGTH = 114cm
WIDTH OF THE STRAP = 39mm
The outer panels of the bag are upcycled out of a french navy waterproof jacket.
The lining is upcycled out of cotton fabric in dark blue with pattern.
These bags were produced by Kalopsia Collective.
The material was sourced from the local charity shops and the cotton lining has been donated by Debbie (Aberdeen, Scotland).
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