February 28, 2021

Recrafted Work: ADIFF's Open Source Fashion Cookbook using Upcycled Materials

ADIFF’s new book, Open Source Fashion Cookbook, is collection of DIY “recipes” for making your own clothes and accessories using existing garments or materials as your ingredients. (source: Vogue)

The DIY projects range from simple additions, like a Perspex pocket you can tack onto a jacket, to more complicated, complete garments, like a shirtdress made from two button-downs; a bucket hat that repurposes a broken umbrella; or a 53-step blanket coat. Several designers contributed patterns from their archives, including Christopher Raeburn, Assembly’s Greg Armas, and Chromat’s Becca McCharen-Tran. Available at the: ADIFF Store


Those familiar with ADIFF, the three-year-old New York label by Angela Luna and Loulwa Al Saad, already know it’s a brand dedicated to sustainability and social justice. Many of their clothes are made with upcycled fabric, and their hero piece is a slick parka that transforms into a tent with the addition of a few poles. Launched in 2017, it’s sold on a buy-one-give-one model, with every jacket purchased providing another to a displaced or homeless person. It’s come to represent all of ADIFF’s tenets: that garments can be multi-functional, beyond simply clothing our bodies; that fashion should be both useful and inventive; and that what we wear should relate to the world around us.

“My dream would be for every designer to start releasing one or two patterns every time they show a new collection,” Luna says. “I think this is going to initiate a larger movement, because it’s really at the front of everyone’s minds.”