Upcycled fashion goes national

November 03 2014

FROM a local high street label to a UK-wide brand, upcycled clothing line Fix Up Look Sharp is making waves on the fashion scene.

FROM a local high street label to a UK-wide brand, upcycled clothing line Fix Up Look Sharp is making waves on the fashion scene.
CLIC Sargent - a charity which supports children and young people with cancer - relaunched its ethical fashion brand last month, with a new online store stocking a whole range of hand-made items.
Fix Up Look Sharp - the brainchild of fashion graduate Ruth Strugnell - was launched in 2012 at the store on Gloucester Road.
She said: "Fix Up Look Sharp started off small, just in my front room. There were so many clothes that weren’t getting sold, so I started upcycling them, creating different designs and giving them a new lease of life.
“I love creating things from scratch, taking bed sheets or a pair of curtains, and turning them into dungarees or jumpsuits, or transforming tents into jackets. It’s a really satisfying way to work.
“And now we’re launching our own website. I can’t wait to see what happens next.”
Fix Up Look Sharp’s new look aims to reflect its transition from a successful local brand in Gloucester Road, to a UK-wide brand with a quirky, urban, bold style.
Each garment is unique, as Ruth depends on whichever items come through the door.
Head of training, Jeremy Lune said: “People have responded really well, because it’s ethical, sustainable fashion that looks great and helps support a really worthwhile cause.
“We want to reach as wide an audience as possible, and Fix Up Look Sharp helps us engage with fashion-minded 16-24 year-olds – the upper age bracket of those young people that CLIC Sargent supports.
“The clothes might be more expensive than traditional charity shop items, but people appreciate the fact that some work has gone into them and every single piece is unique.”
A selection of Fix Up Look Sharp designs will be available to buy in the charity’s Gloucester Road shop, but the majority of items will be sold on the new website, fuls.clicsargent.org.uk.
All proceeds from the brand help fund CLIC Sargent’s work.
The charity is also seeking people, who are a dab hand with a sewing machine, to volunteer with the design team, based in Filton. Contact: fixuplooksharp@clicsargent.org.uk.
They are also on the lookout for eye-catching fabrics, particularly 80s or 90s designs.

Ruth Strugnell