When I had my store in Neukölln, someone would come at least once a week to have an item of clothing rescued. It was, for example, favorite jeans with holes that needed to be repaired or clothes with other signs of wear.
Most common, however, was the request to copy favorite pieces.
Most of the time I couldn’t say no, because even then it was close to my heart to save clothes or to help when something was of such great importance that it should be copied deliberately.
During this time, I learned an insane amount about materials, cuts, workmanship, and my clientele’s love of garments.
Since this work is very time-consuming, I can no longer offer it today - as a mother of two daycare children.
That’s why it’s even nicer to see that there is now a whole map full of places where textiles are valued and appreciated.
If you’re planning a trip or a short visit to the capital, the A-gain Guide is my tip for you.
The A-gain Guide is a digital platform that lists places to save textiles. Here you can find designers who offer upcycling, alteration stores, textile collection points, second-hand stores, cobblers and even more service providers who help to save clothes from being burned. On a city map you can view the offers and filter them according to your needs and district.
If you won’t be in Berlin anytime soon, I have an idea. Maybe you want to create your own textile rescue map? A list of places to go in your area would be enough. You could share it with neighbors or acquaintances in your area or in social networks. This way we could succeed in sensitizing more people for the topic “sustainable fashion consumption”.