expertly curated vintage

Upcycling designer Lou de Bètoly speaks about her work, the state of the fashion industry and where we go from here.

PHOTOGRAPHy_ ANTHONY SEKLAOUI

STYLIST_ ALLY MACRAE

MODEL_ IRIS delcourt (VIVa)

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HIGH SANDALS_ MADE FROM RECYCLED SHOES, VEGETABLE TANNED LEATHER, AND ELASTIC STRAPS FINISHED WITH MOLDED GLASS PEARLS_ FAUVEL X LUCILLE THIÈVRE_ FW20

LDB_ I have a rather glamorous approach I would say. I love the ideas of organized chaos, accumulation, and transformation. My work integrates a lot of detailed handcraft. 

LDB_ I would describe upcycling, as it relates to my work, as twisting, deconstructing, and recreating something existing and devalued, to give it a new life and vision.

LDB_ I think there are different ways of being a designer. But one thing would be to rethink the process, show new possibilities, still feel free to create, but to be conscious of what you're putting into the world. To show a way out of the dead end of commerciality repeating itself over and over again and resulting in a lot of waste.

LOU DE BÈTOLY IS A FRENCH DESIGNER WHO WORKS AND LIVES IN BERLIN.

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Issue No. 1_ HOLD THE FUTURE