PROJECT 1

THE PAST HAS A FUTURE 

Buildings of iconic brutalist architecture from the Macedonian city of Skopje are involved in a prototype project about sustainable and upcycling fashion. The Project aims to develop new expressions by embracing the old and the new, the classic and the modern – to create pieces with an added value, PIECES THAT TELL A STORY!


DESIGN AND CONCEPT: DANIJELA SIMONOVSKA  .  PHOTOGRAPHY: BENJAMIN TAFEL
MODEL: MARTINA MARKOVSKA  .  MAKE UP & HAIRSTYLE: DARKO MISHOVSKI

The Old Leather Jacket Has a New Life!

The fascination with Skopje brutalist architecture took us up at the 14th floor of the students dormitory building, built in 1975. Martina wears a fuzzy wool jacket created from industrial leftover fabrics and leather trimming, combined with re-worked parts of the old leather jacket.

KEEP YOUR PIONEER SPIRIT UP!

Danijela Simonovska for SO-USE fashion consultancy

Upcycling, Repurposing and Refashioning

Reviving the pioneer spirit in front of the Central Post Office in Skopje, designed by the Macedonian architect Janko Konstantinov and built between 1974 and 1989.

An old leather coat was turned into a new cropped top and industrial leftover fabrics were used to create the coat and pleat front trousers. Refashioned Pioneer cap accompanies the look.

 WARM AND COSY IN SUBZERO

Organic Wool Pile Hooded Coat

Daring Martina standing in front of Skopje’s Central Post Office concrete facade, at temperatures well below freezing. She is wearing a double breasted coat made from 100% organic wool pile fabric, certified according to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).

 SOFT & ROUGH

 

Organic Wool Interlock Sweater

Walking up and down along the rough concrete staircases, Martina wears a soft 100% organic wool interlock fabric sweater, GOTS certified, cotton velvet trousers in warm tobacco made of industrial leftovers and a waist belt upcycled of an old military belt suspender.

 

AN ACCEPTANCE

Velvet Cotton Onesie

It was all about cozying it up, and the student dormitory spaces perfectly accepted her warmth. Martina poses in a open-back onesie in luxe velvet, made of industrial leftovers, with a leather strap created out of a vintage camera case strap.

 


BLUE, BLUE, ELECTRIC BLUE

 

Zero-waste Velvet Dress

Retaining our zero waste policy, this electric blue velvet dress was made out of exact 1.1 meter leftover velvet fabric and out of a geometric zero-waste pattern. A leather strap made of an old leather belt is shaping the Ex-YU-School-Overall inspired dress.

 

 


SCRAPS handbag

Lacquer Faux Leather Handbag

One man’s scrap is another woman’s treasure! This upcycled multipurpose handbag was designed with a mix of scraps combined with recycled materials. The handbag and the lining inside were made of a combination of lacquer faux leather and corduroy fabric. The wrist strap was made of an old lacquer faux leather belt.