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Upcycled Denim

Made from leftover organic cotton garments, recycled thread and zippers, and even eco hardware and washes, Monki have created a capsule collection that is just so fun and unique. Plus it promotes a topic we love: circularity. “Our goal was to utilise the dead stock garments that were not being used,” Monki’s concept designer Alexandra Blom Lissvik explains. “To give the old garments and leftovers a new life.”

Upcycled Denim
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Environmental Savings

Aside from the fact that no actual new garments were produced (remember, Monki reused leftover cotton, thread and zippers), the brand also reported on the impact they saved the environment. Compared to regular production, this capsule required 70% less water, 75% less energy, and left 90% less chemical impact. Amazing! Why don’t all brands do this?! Well, Monki confirms that the process of upcycling garments is pretty complicated. “The unique method means a higher price point and lower quantities,” they explain. “But we’re looking into new innovative and inspiring ways forward for design and production, so this is just the beginning for us.” Honestly, if sustainable Monki looks this good — we can’t wait!

Environmental Savings
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The Capsule

So this is where things are most exciting. The design team stayed so open-minded to piece options into possibilities. “All of the denim was hand-selected from leftover garments,” Alexandra says. “Which means each collection piece has a unique colour variation, but all pieces are cut from identical patterns.” Interesting! But the results speak for themselves: three super cute pieces that could live in any wardrobe forever. Reworked into a patchwork of cool, there’s the brand’s classic (and amazing fitting) Yoko jeans, a totally charming denim jacket, and a tote bag that we can already affectionately imagine losing our keys, phone and lip gloss in for life. You rule, Monki.

The Capsule
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