Up:cycle

capsule collection

The Monki Up:cycle capsule collection is made from leftover organic cotton garments, including recycled thread and zippers, and eco-hardware and wash. Upcycle is a word that comes from the word recycle, it means to not only reuse but repurpose in a new way – often resulting in a unique and high-quality product, less or no waste and promotes a circular society.

 

We put together a little Q&A with Minna Guan, Collection Manager and Alexandra Blom Lissvik, Concept Designer at Monki to find out more.

Q: What was the purpose of this upcycle collection?
A: Our goal was to utilize the dead stock garments that were not being used. To give the old garments and leftovers a new life.

Q: Were there environmental savings?
A: The main savings was that no new garments were produced! And we used recycled thread and zippers, and eco-friendly hardware and wash.

Water impact: 70% less
Energy (watt) impact: 75% less
Chemical impact: 90% less

Q: How did the design process differ from other Monki collections?
A: We worked closely alongside the production team – from initial sketches and mood board, to the final products we worked together to create a collection that we thought our Monki customer would love.

We needed to remain open-minded with colour shades and the design possibilities. All of the denim was hand-selected from leftover garments, which means each collection piece has a unique colour variation, but all pieces are cut from identical patterns.

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Q: Is the goal to develop this process for future collections?
A: At Monki, we are super open about more sustainable processes and collections, and we’re doing our best to be more circular overall. The process of upcycling garments is a complicated one, the unique method means a higher price point and lower quantities – but we’re looking into new innovative and inspiring ways forward for design and production, so this is just the beginning for us.

Q: Do you have any tips for people at home that want to upcycle their old garments?
1. Natural dye – raid your kitchen and refresh your old denim.
2. Jorts – cut your jeans into shorts, frayed hems are in.
3. Y2K all the way – cut off the waist of your jeans to make a belt, corset or bandeau top.

 

 

The capsule features three key pieces – a pair of Yoko jeans, a jacket and a tote bag. All crafted in a patchwork design of mixed denim washes

 

Shop the collection here

Up:cycle

capsule collection

The Monki Up:cycle capsule collection is made from leftover organic cotton garments, including recycled thread and zippers, and eco-hardware and wash. Upcycle is a word that comes from the word recycle, it means to not only reuse but repurpose in a new way – often resulting in a unique and high-quality product, less or no waste and promotes a circular society.

 

We put together a little Q&A with Minna Guan, Collection Manager and Alexandra Blom Lissvik, Concept Designer at Monki to find out more.

Q: What was the purpose of this upcycle collection?
A: Our goal was to utilize the dead stock garments that were not being used. To give the old garments and leftovers a new life.

Q: Were there environmental savings?
A: The main savings was that no new garments were produced! And we used recycled thread and zippers, and eco-friendly hardware and wash.

Water impact: 70% less
Energy (watt) impact: 75% less
Chemical impact: 90% less

Q: How did the design process differ from other Monki collections?
A: We worked closely alongside the production team – from initial sketches and mood board, to the final products we worked together to create a collection that we thought our Monki customer would love.

We needed to remain open-minded with colour shades and the design possibilities. All of the denim was hand-selected from leftover garments, which means each collection piece has a unique colour variation, but all pieces are cut from identical patterns.

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Q: Is the goal to develop this process for future collections?
A: At Monki, we are super open about more sustainable processes and collections, and we’re doing our best to be more circular overall. The process of upcycling garments is a complicated one, the unique method means a higher price point and lower quantities – but we’re looking into new innovative and inspiring ways forward for design and production, so this is just the beginning for us.

Q: Do you have any tips for people at home that want to upcycle their old garments?
1. Natural dye – raid your kitchen and refresh your old denim.
2. Jorts – cut your jeans into shorts, frayed hems are in.
3. Y2K all the way – cut off the waist of your jeans to make a belt, corset or bandeau top.

 

 

The capsule features three key pieces – a pair of Yoko jeans, a jacket and a tote bag. All crafted in a patchwork design of mixed denim washes

 

Shop the collection here