In occasion of Plug-Mi in Milan, the global lifestyle brand Eastpak has partnered with upcycling marketplace, Revibe, to upcycle leftovers fabrics from Eastpak’s production facilities.
Eastpak called the best in class in upcycling, Revibe, to create an upcycling capsule collection made entirely with leftovers fabrics in their production facilities. Four of the best Italian designers of Revibe took the job, and created an upcycling capsule collection out of it.
Carlotta Orlando, founder of Giglio Tigrato, re-interpreted the iconic backpack through two pillars of her brand: the strong and wild spirit of the tiger, and the sense of responsibility conveyed through upcycling. The backpack was hand-painted and then embellished with hand-sewn patches.
Matteo Barracu reworked the backpack by combining various pieces of discarded fabric in an almost 'Baroque' pattern. All the patches were sewn with more than 300 hand-stitches creating a 'print' effect on the bag.
Luca Frassi, wanted to represent his childhood mountain landscape at sunset. The blue effect of the mountains in twilight was obtained by using old vintage denim in different shades, sewn together to form a single patch. The sky, with its hues, was achieved through a bleaching procedure of the backpack.
Young designer Nicolò Puccini has reworked the Eastpak backpack by bringing together the concept of recovery and Italian craftsmanship. With a meticulous work of hand stitching, he managed to bring various recovered fabrics back to life, resulting in a backpack that is as simple as it is unique.
“We loved to work with a like-minded partner like Revibe – a leader in upcycling fashion and in changing how we perceive and buy fashion - as Eastpak continues to evolve with its loyal fans, and it is still very much the brand that is “Built to Resist”.
Not just backpacks. The collaboration went much further with the organization of live educational workshops involving the Plug-Mi audience.
Participants were involved in reproducing the mini-upcycling capsule, as well as in constructing an artwork composed entirely of damaged Eastpak materials.