Lena Santana – gorgeous upcycled fashion
Lena Santana is a Brazilian fashion designer who designs and manufactures her collections from her studio in central London. She sources fabrics from across the UK- visiting second hand shops, car boot sales and charity shops. The result is a contemporary eco-friendly fashion line made from recycled fabrics and clothes. This gorgeous White Lace Straps Dress is made with vintage lace trimming and a flowered pattern lining. £235.00.
This dress, simply named the Pink, Green and White Dress, is simple and understated yet perfect for those summer wedding receptions with a subtle combination of daring and demure. The main dress material is original 1970′s recycled curtain fabric. Both the main fabric and the lining of this dress are made from 100% cotton. £215.00.
It doesn’t just stop there – readers are invited to help the environment and have your name associated with a dress! If you send Lena your left over fabrics or old clothes and she uses them then your name will be embroidered in the label of any finished garment and featured on her site. Every month she has a prize draw for people who have donated fabrics or old clothes and you could win an accessory designed by Lena Santana. Plus every three months you can win the chance to own a beautiful Lena Santana dress incorporating your piece of donated fabric! Click here for more details.
And – she’s just published a book! ‘One Piece of Fabric‘ is available from Amazon. Inspiration for that odd bit of fabric or curious to discover what you can make with one square yard, then this book is for you. Lena has devised 15 simple, beautifully made projects from one piece of fabric. The stylish ideas range from a Gathered Skirt and a Ruffle Collar to a Table Mat and a Bikini. £9.99.
And she offers Courses and Workshops for both beginners and intermediate sewers! Magnifeco!