What we wear is important as an expression of our identity and personal philosophy but within the culture of fast fashion there’s no space to have a relationship with clothes. I’ve had a life-long affection for 2ndhand, it makes up 80% of my wardrobe and I view it as a collection of stories handed on to me. I’m a re-fashion designer, I re-tailor clothes; original cut and details are my inspiration and used clothes are my raw materials. I have great respect for garment making and I like to expose functionality in my designs.

I started this blog in search of  a way of dressing with a clear conscience because I am uncomfortable with the price paid by people and the environment for my clothes.  I teach upcycling workshops and hold events to share my passion for buying less, wasting less and using what we already have.

I’ve recently moved back to my home city of Liverpool, I’m busy planning and researching to update the content of this site. Click on the pics below to view some earlier work. Or find me also on Facebook @em.summerscales Twitter @em_summerscales or Instagram emma_summerscales