Interview: Bridgett Artise of Born Again Vintage

Bridgett Artise of Born Again Vintage is a sustainable fashion guru who is so multi-talented, its mind-boggling. Just like her clothes, this woman reinvents, reuses and recycles her skills in new and beautiful ways as designer of Born Again Vintage, professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, event planner, sustainability mentor, fashion collaborator, Youtube teacher, titled Vintage […]

Bridgett Artise of Born Again Vintage is a sustainable fashion guru who is so multi-talented, its mind-boggling. Just like her clothes, this woman reinvents, reuses and recycles her skills in new and beautiful ways as designer of Born Again Vintage, professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, event planner, sustainability mentor, fashion collaborator, Youtube teacher, titled Vintage Expert by the New York Times, published author of “Born Again Vintage: 25 ways to deconstruct, reinvent and recycle your wardrobe” and most importantly, mother of two beautiful children.

Her line is made up of one of a kind, originals that have been created from vintage finds but still manage to be at the cutting edge of modern design. Read on and get inspired by this sustainability champion.

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Tell us about your brand Born Again Vintage

Born Again Vintage is a 100% sustainable clothing line derived from deconstructing vintage clothes and turning them into new, more today pieces but with the quality and creativity that our “now” clothes are missing. Clothes that would otherwise end up in a landfill or in a garbage bag sitting in the attic can now have a new life or second chance..hence Born Again.

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Can you give us a sneak peek into what you’re working on for 2016?

I am collaborating with Magpies and Peacocks for a March premiere of a collective spring collection entitled: He Said, She said. Also, my website relaunch for spring which will include for the 1st time the option to purchase my one of kind items, as well as, carefully curated vintage pieces. I am very excited about it!

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What is the key purpose you hope to achieve through Born Again Vintage?

Born Again Vintage isn’t just really cute clothes chopped up from vintage clothes, it is a movement. A movement which includes the book to offer inspiration, the classes at FIT in NYC that offer guidance and the workshops worldwide that offer instruction. Once the idea is introduced of what can be done with old clothes or the idea of shopping thrift as oppose to retail is not only economically smarter but environmentally necessary it really is hard to ignore and continue the old wasteful ways of the past.

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What made you go down this path?

I actually love that I started this when this wasn’t popular or not on the “trendy” radar. I was an at home mom minding my own business when I got motivated to create a non profit that would help kids in my area to raise money for college tuition. That turned into putting on fashion shows with the kids as models and me having to go into a thrift shop because making items from scratch was never an option.  From one of the judges I learned everything I had picked to upcycle was vintage, who knew. I had this affinity to vintage, I was naturally drawn to its textures, patterns and quality. The rest is history!

photo-3Main source of inspiration?

I am inspired by my customers, colleagues and students. When a customer I haven’t seen in years sends me an email stating how they love their garment still and includes a picture, or a student starts their own reconstruction meet up group or a colleague incorporates sustainable practice into their clothing line all stemming from Born Again Vintage, it fuels me to keep at it.

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What actions do you take in your daily life to lead a more sustainable lifestyle?

Once you start this path it is pretty hard not to notice where you at wasteful at. I reuse most things that can be reused, I never leave the water running, all gifts are made or bought from thrift shops, I haven’t shopped at a mall in over 10 years and things I no longer need I pass along or take to a thrift shop.

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What are some of your favourite brands in the sustainability community?

I really like Magpies & Peacocks in Fashion, Haven (Houston , TX) for their food and Downtown Asheville, NC in the travel community space. Also, Eileen Fisher is doing some really awesome things in sustainability!

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