Re:collection Store was organically born from a love of collecting (or hoarding) nostalgic pieces for my own wardrobe.
I have worked in the fashion industry for 7 years as a PR for some truly amazing brands and more importantly, people. Telling their stories is at the core of my passion for work. In recent years the need for a more sustainable model within the industry refueled my love for slow fashion. I was further repelled from fast fashion and the social and environmental factors it imposes. The pieces I’ve hoarded for some years were reborn and restyled every which way.
In the blur of maternity leave with my first, and the sudden lockdown of society as we knew it, I realized that the hole left was more than the thrill of physically finding each piece, it was hearing about the different lives behind them. Whether they were selling it with an elaborate story, or recalling a time from the past where it'd been worn, or just staring at me utterly confused by my interest in their lives, I felt like no one had ever asked. When the majority of my conversations have been with a toddler for what seems like a lifetime, I have hung onto their human stories. In a time that we don’t fully understand, their very real stories resonated with me more than they would ever know. One-off tales at my local car boot turned into a constant virtual story-time with strangers who so willingly and lovingly told me the history behind their garments.
Each collection is sold with a story; some elaborate tales of the past and others seemingly insignificant. Yet, all very human. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
After dealing with years of angst from my husband for hoarding piece after piece until his wardrobe space was minuet; here we are.
Welcome to Re:collection.
Our ethos is to make shopping second hand easy, and in doing so, ultimately reduce textile landfill and encourage a change in the way we shop. In doing our bit, by reusing and recycling, we look after the earth that our little people will inherit, as well as sharing the beauty of human life and connection after a year of social solitude.
"It is estimated that more than half of fast fashion produced is disposed of in under a year. This linear system leaves economic opportunities untapped, puts pressure on resources, pollutes and degrades the natural environment and its ecosystems, and creates significant negative societal impacts at local, regional, and global scales.“