By  on December 20, 2018

For Marie-Ève Lecavalier, upcycling gradually transformed from a childhood practice into a true vocation. “I come from the suburbs of Montreal and I often had to start with recycled clothing to get the style that I wanted,” said the Canadian designer, who studied at HEAD fashion school in Geneva. “It became a personal ambition: As part of a new generation of designers, we need to find solutions and rely as much as possible on what already exists.”

Lecavalier’s graduate collection, which featured silhouettes made of upcycled leather and denim, won the Chloé Prize at this year’s edition of the Festival d’Hyères. The designer collaborated with a leather factory in Poland that gave her all its leather scraps, which she then weaved to create a crochet-like aspect enabling her to make use of even the shorter leftover scraps. Now, as the designer is gearing up to the launch of her namesake label in January 2019, she is looking to work with local tanneries to help them dispose of their textile waste.

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