Every high street in World 12 has a repair salon, some cheap and cheerful, some traditional and some boutiquey.
Repairists can train at fashion colleges or complete an apprenticeship to develop their own unique styles. Well known repairists have waiting lists months long and huge followings. Different places develop unique repair styles drawing on craft heritages and contemporary fashions.
Repairists are the new rock stars…
What if …
garment repair were a valued profession?
overconsumption of clothing and ongoing barriers to garment repair
tattoo parlours, repair cafes, hairdressers
This World was contributed by Lizzie Harrison (located in Somerset, UK) using a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence which allows others to share and adapt the work in any medium and for any purpose, providing that they credit the author and share their material using the same Creative Commons licence.
Response to World 12
This work resonates with ongoing work in repairing garments from companies including:
1) Patagonia – specifically their ‘repair tours’ – https://www.stylealtitude.com/patagonia-worn-wear-tour.html
2) Toast- and their use of ‘boro’ (partly as a marketing tool) – https://www.toa.st/blogs/magazine/boro and https://www.toa.st/pages/toast-renewal
3) Nudie Jeans – https://www.nudiejeans.com/free-repairs
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