Upcycling NYFashion Week (web)

Upcycled Favorites From Fashion Week 2013

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On Monday, September 9th, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce held Tesla Style Night, an event which added to the unique excitement of Fashion Week 2013.

This fabulous evening featured the sustainable electric car designs of Tesla Motors, complemented by many emerging fashion designers whose focus is also on the importance of fabric sustainability.

Our first designer is Ashley McAleavy and she is the owner of Remedy.  Ashley shared that in the fashion industry there is so much excessive waste.  In her passion for design she has found a way of creating sustainable fashion.  Ashley calls her line of clothing “upcycled vintage” and works to give new meaning to the past to sustaining life in the present.  How cool is that!



Our second green designer is Anais Bouchard.  Her company is Anais.  Anais has designed a lounge wear-lingerie collection which is both trendy and urban.  She uses organic cotton and all her fabrics are from The United States, her manufacturer is in Long Island and her studio is in Brooklyn.  We certainly love the local love that goes into making the threads!


A third highlighted designer at the evening’s event was Lanni Lantto.  Her designs are a line of clothing that Lanni says, “Will take you on a journey.  A journey where things that were once tossed aside are brought back to life.”  She has some very unique creations, indeed!


And let’s not forget the kids in supporting this recyclable fabric movement. At Kaillo pre-adored vintage clothing is reclaimed, sorted and re-sewn to give it brand new lifeNothing is wasted!

Karina Kallio who founded Kallio shared her vision which is, “To create a conscious kid’s fashion brand that if fun, stylish and unexpected, that kids can play hard it, without being hard on the environment.



And now below, last but not least, I found myself being photographed by one of the attendees who said, “Hey, Sora, why not become part of the “sustainable” movement.  Well, as a Baby Boomer, I thought, “Why not?!” and so I  found myself sharing space with one of Tesla’s newest electric cars!



So if you’re a person who doesn’t believe in waste, remembers that adage, “Waste not, want not!” then check out Tesla Motors or any of the innovative impassioned recyclable designers and do your part for the movement!





(RE)@Tesla Style Night NYFW 2013 (web)

Monica Murgia: Where Art Creativity & Fashion Meet.


August 18th, 2013 by Monica Murgia

(RE) by Lanni Lantto

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My previous post, Tesla Style Night, mentioned that this year New York Fashion Week will be exposed to emerging fashion designers that promote sustainability.  There will be over 10 eco-friendly designers will be coming together to showcase fashion and accessories made from reclaimed, up-cycled, or vegan materials.  I’ve been getting to know the various designers participating in the event, and they are all worthy of their own posts.  Today, I’d like to highlight (RE) by Lanni Lantto.

Lanni is a Los Angeles-based designer that focuses on redesigning existing garments.  Her label, (RE), embodies her design philosophy: reuse, reduce, redesign, rethink, reinvent, recycle.  Lanni sources all of her materials locally.  Everything she uses for the design process is second-hand.  In addition to reclaimed fabrics, Lanni uses reclaimed sewing materials and mannequins.


Lanni sourcing materials at the Melrose Trading Post for Tesla Style Night.

In addition to her label (RE), Lanni teaches workshops on up-cycling and consults with clients on how to redesign their existing wardrobes.  She explains:

I’ve taken an unconventional path to a non-traditional career.  I am not a fashion designer going eco; I am an environmental & social activist gone fashion designer- and rather than being a set back I believe it actually sets me apart.  I thought I had to be behind a desk to be an activist, making phone calls, networking, writing my thesis, teaching at university- what I discovered is that a (re)volution of the heart can come from anywhere; including through the art of fashion.


Stripes Evening Gown by Lanni Lantto.

As one of the participating designers, Lanni will be showcasing a series of evening gowns based on the designs of Tesla’s electric cars.  Interested in seeing these unique, sustainable creations?  Buy your tickets now!

Tesla Style Night Tickets

Tesla Style Night is Monday, September 9th from 6:30-9:30 at the Tesla Show Room in Chelsea.

The Green Dress

A great example of being green is finding creative ways to reuse those old bridesmaid dresses.  The Green Dress is made from an over-priced green JCrew bridesmaid dress and a priced just-right green thrift store curtain.

(photographer: Dustin Katona / model: Lanni Lantto)

PAST EVENTS: Upcycled Fashion Show @ New York Fashion Week

Sept. 9, 2013:  [RE] @ Sustainable Style Night, NY Fashion Week:  [RE] will be creating 3 pieces made entirely of upcycled materials to be either modeled or on display. They will represent the automobile industrial boom of the 1920s and the push towards a more sustainable future.

WHAT:  The Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce an upcoming event, Tesla Style Night, co-founded by Build A Better Planet. Partnering with the cutting-edge automobile company, Tesla, the event will kick at NYC Fashion Week in a fresh and exciting way. This exclusive night will feature the sustainable designs of Tesla’s premium electric cars, complemented by emerging fashion designer Ashley McAleavy’s eco-friendly couture line, Remedy Designs.  With the two-trendsetting companies joining to headline, Tesla Style Night is set to be a pulsing and unique occasion focused on the importance of sustainability.
WHEN:  Monday, September 9th, from 6:30 pm-9:30 pm
WHERE:  The Tesla Showroom, 511 W. 25th Street
WHO: Presented by the Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, Tesla, Build A Better Planet, and Ashley McAleavy.
Sponsored by Upstate New York brewery, Ithaca Beer Co, Con Edison of New York. Partners/designers include Kallio/ Karina Kallio, Nais/ Anais Bouchard, Lanni Lantto (RE)Design/ Lanni Lantto, My Fabulous Puppy/ Warren R. Agee, Thaddaeus
Timothy/ Thaddaeus Beals, Benjamin Zastrow.


PAST EVENTS: A Fashion Upcycling Exhibit

August 23, 2013 – A Fashion Upcycling Exhibit:  Amidst the gorgeous setting of the Culver City Garden Theater, we will celebrate the freedom of creative expression through art. Redesigner, Lanni will introduce us to her unconventional process of fashion upcycling; taking forgotten materials and transforming them into romantically stunning pieces of clothing.

On display will be examples of her work, including 3 pieces that will be showing at Tesla Style Night, a part of New York Fashion Week 2013 (she will be boarding a plane a few days later so it’s a chance for L.A. to see before NY peeps!). These 3 capsule pieces tell the transitioning story of the 1920s industrial era towards a more sustainable future. Yes, making political art through clothing will surprise you!

The CC Garden Theater will be hosting the event and on hand with more information about their monthly free play readings.  This event will take place in Los Angeles, CA.

Lanni Explains “Fashion Upcycling”

Fashion REdesigner, Lanni Lantto of ( re ) shows you what type of materials upcyclers use; which amounts to pretty much anything..with a bit of creativity!

2013 (RE) Line Fashion Show – Michigan

Upcycling Fashion Artist, Lanni Lantto, shows a 2013 collection made from all types of pre-existing materials & found objects at Marquette’s 4th Annual Redesign Fashion Show.

Vintage Teams Up (RE)designed Clothing (TV)

Vere de Vere Vintage & Dharma Threads Vintage Team up with Clothing (RE)designer, Lanni Lantto for their 2nd annual PoP-Up show! 2013.

PAST EVENTS: Vintage & Upcycled Pop Up Shop

June 5th, 2013, Vintage + (RE) Pop-Up Show,:  Back by popular demand!  Vere de Vere & Dharma Threads Vintage proudly present Marquette’s 2nd Vintage Pop-Up Shop!  Come to the Ore Dock Brewing Company on the evening of Wednesday June 5th, 6-9pm, for an incredible sale featuring: Classic men’s and ladies apparel, lingerie, outerwear, accessories & more.

Eco-friendly designs based on a model of true sustainability from (re) by Lanni Lantto!

Dressing rooms will be available. Bring your friends, enjoy a great brew & discover the vivacity of vintage. All ages welcome!

pop up show

Recycled Fashion Ideas: (re) Spotlight (web)

Lanni Lantto, Fashion (re) Designer

Monday, April 15, 2013

View entire article at Australian blog, Recycled Fashion, a great site highlighting before and after upcycling projects and sustainable ideas. As founder, Erica Louise says,”Fashion doesn’t have to cost the earth… financially or environmentally.”

Lanni Lantto, an eco-designer has a philosophy which she believes differentiates her between other fashion designers, this philosophy is the concept of her label name, “(re)”; reuse, reduce, redesign, rethink, reinvent, recycle.  The materials she uses for her collections are obtained from thrift stores, where no material is off limit.
Made from 9 layers of lace and a stunning back accent of an heirloom table runner.

“I breathe new life into fashion otherwise destined for the landfill. After all, the most eco-friendly fabrics are those that already exist. I am committed to creating a shift of consciousness by sourcing all 2nd hand materials locally, using reclaimed sewing materials (even mannequins), & displaying my pieces with recycled tags and on salvaged clothing racks. I’m proud to be a designer who supports my local economy through a business that essentially creates no new waste.” Lanni  Lantto.

A redesigned vintage blue blazer

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 From the ( re ) 2011 Collection at the 2nd Annual “ReFashion Fashion Show” in Marquette.  Art Deco Inspired Party Dress playing with shapes from various deconstructed blouses.

The ‘before’
mens look
This red and black men’s formal suit coat was created from a frumpy women’s blouse and a tailored children’s tuxedo blazer


“inspiration can come from anything … creating truly extra-ordinary clothing” Lanni Lantto
Lanni’s work, I hope, will inspire many.  You can follow her work on facebook, etsy, and her website: lannilantto.com.
Disclaimer; the review and opinion provided in this blog post is unbiased and unpaid


Posted by Erica Louise at 11:42 AM

PAST EVENTS: 4th Annual (re)Design Fashion & Art Show

3/20/13:  Press Release, Upper Peninsula of Michigan–
(RE) is in the process of organizing our 4th (Re)Design Fashion & Art Show, which is being held March 20th @7pm & is a benefit for the MQT Regional History Center.  This event is the largest gathering of artists who use mostly or all recycled materials in their designs and has proven, year after year, to grow and expand and bring people in from all across the UP.  I aim to gather the most talented designers and have us all under one roof to show & sell our reclaimed treasures to a full house.

-) We are looking for artists who use recycled or found objects in their art and would like to have a booth at the event. Your name will be included in the program, table is provided, suggested donation fee is $10 only!  Set up is 6:00pm at the Museum.  All spots are filled but please contact me to be involved next year!

-) We are looking for fiber artists who have a collection of clothing made from recycled materials to be in the fashion show.  You will be featured in our press and promotions.

-) There is an open call for entries – anyone across the UP can submit a piece of artwork (preferably fiber but not limited too) in the open design contest, must be in attendance and provide model to walk the piece.  Juried winner gets a sweet prize!  Applications need to be in before the event and can be picked up at Garden Bouquet & Design.

-) Come one come all and enjoy an evening of Upcycled Art & Fashion!!

Reconstructing Next Gen Fashion Students (web)

“Reconstructing the Next Generation of Fashion Designers”  by Lanni Lantto published on Eco Fashion World

Sustainable Fashion Designer & London Design School Professor, Jeff Garner, and his model

If you offered me a front row ticket to the hottest big name designer showcase at the hottest big city fashion week, I wouldn’t be interested.  Put me in front of some up-and-coming designers showcasing how they creatively reworked old garments into new and exciting lines, well I would pay you for that ticket.  I’m not intrigued by a blank slate, I want to see how the skills of a clothing artist can be demonstrated by how well they can rethink existing fabrics. To me, that is exciting.

At the latest Green Festival Chicago, a group of Columbia College students teamed up with clothing thrift store giant Savers to put on the Saver’s Fashion Show.  The event was headlined by Project Runway designer & Columbia College alumni, Alexander Knox, who turned two old sweaters into a gorgeous jumper (shown in image below).

Students were able to get all of their materials from any of the 9 Chicago Saver’s locations.  Jaime Dinino, a Saver’s representative, said that the show was a perfect fit for the goals of their store, “We live in a society where we just throw away things – trends come and go– [at Savers] you can take all these fabrics that already exist and repurpose them.  You can find vintage pieces that were often made here in the United States so you are also keeping it in the country.  Hopefully this show does inspire more students to use grandma’s ugly old sweater and make it something beautiful”.

This was the first time many of the students ever worked with second hand materials and found it to be a valuable experience.


 Sweaters repurposed into romper by Alexander Knox


Anna Ramiarz, a Senior fashion design major said the experience has inspired her future looks, “This was my first time deconstructing and reconstructing for a fashion show. It was refreshing not having to start with a complete blank slate, to make whatever it was already into something new and revamped.  As a designer I would do this again, I would go to Savers for vintage fabrics to use in my designs from this experience.” Goli Parvinian, also a Senior, agreed that thrifing for her materials brought added value to her pieces, “[Thrifting is] a really great resource especially for ethnic-inspired looks, which I had in the show. It gives you a cool new perspective, especially fabrics you don’t see as much any more in the [fabric] stores.” Jax Sirotiak said that price point and old-time tailoring were a factor in her choices,” I think when you design you have to keep in mind all the prices of the fabrics, but you can totally get better and affordable fabrics from a second hand store. I saw the construction [of these garments] and became further inspired by the tailoring techniques.”


When so many students find value in learning how to deconstruct and then reconstruct garments, the question worth asking is: Why aren’t we teaching this more regularly in fashion design curriculums?  Beth Shorrock is the Assistant Professor in Fashion Studies at Columbia College who oversaw the students’ work for the show, “There’s so much second hand fabric out there already, why do we need to keep creating more? [Redesigning] teaches the students to be really creative.  They must deal with seams, zippers and buttons, and the fabric itself.  There are a handful of designers that have dedicated their design practice to doing this but not enough.  It would be great if we had this as a class or even a 1-credit workshop. I do hope to see that more in the near future.”


Upcycled design by Columbia College students


By now, most of us are aware of the over-abundance of clothing and materials produced every year by the fast fashion machine.  Being able to produce designers who are able to understand and work with second hand materials seems essential… and potentially very profitable in a future of limited raw resources.


Sustainable Fashion Designer & London Design School Professor, Jeff Garner added that along with redesign, up-and-coming designers should be looking at their choices of fabrics.  “It’s important to deal with the materials we have already created but a lot of those clothes were made with synthetic materials like polyester which can be harmful to our health (bio-accumulation).”  Mr. Garner suggested that a smart choice of fabric to work with (perhaps if one wanted to mix old with new) would be hemp + eco-dyes.  “It can be done differently, we just have to look for the solutions.”

PAST EVENTS: Remade Furniture Unveiling Reception

10/26/12, – Devos Art Museum.  Musical Performance on instruments made from found objects featuring New Material: John Preus, Leroy Bach, Tadd Cowen, Mikel Patrick Avery (Chicago).

Remade Furniture Unveiling with projects by Breanne Kanak, Lanni Lantto and Nicole Corne, Russell Prather, Cory Robinson and Ted Ross, Stephen Smolinski, Brendan Solinski, Mitch Steinmetz, Dale Wedig and NMU IDSA.

In conjunction with the exhibition, You Complete Me: Mediating Relationships in Contemporary Art, on view at the DeVos Art Museum through November 11.

About the exhibition:  Mediate is defined as an intervention to bring about resolution. While we often think about mediation involving a dispute or argument, this exhibition looks at the idea more broadly. The artists and pieces represented intervene by directly and indirectly engaging with other people in the creation of the work. It is only with the involvement of others, either in the making of or the display of the work, that the work can be fully completed. The artists, or the artwork, then become mediators, asking the participant/viewer to negotiate their perspective by becoming part of the work.Featuring work by Jill Frank, InCUBATE, Jason Lazarus, Nikki S. Lee, David Parker, Adrian Piper, John Preus with New Material (Leroy Bach, Tadd Cowen, Mikel Patrick) and Jon Rafman. A full-color fully illustrated catalogue is available with essays by Chicago-based research group InCUBATE and DeVos Art Museum curator Melissa Matuscak. For more information visit: www.nmu.edu/devos.

Ceremony Shawl

Melissa contacted me because she was asked to officiate her friend’s wedding in New York City.  She was looking for an off-white type of shoulder covering to make her look “officiant-ish” but in a material that wouldn’t be too hot.  I came up with the idea to use curtain fabric as it’s design looked official, had a chic feel and the material breathed.  She said that the bridesmaids were in the same color navy so the white really set her apart as “officiant”.

Giveaway // Win a closet eco-consultation! (web)

The following is a guest post for YouFrillMe by Lane from The Traveling Circus. Here, she writes about her eco-consultation experience with Lanni Lantto of (re)

Recently I found myself standing in front of my closet, unable to get dressed, actually uttering the clichéd words “I have nothing to wear.” False. I definitely have something to wear. Many things to wear. My closet is full of clothes, my dresser drawers are bulging. “I have nothing to wear” is simply a cop out. What I meant is “I don’t feel inspired by my wardrobe.” Uninspired and too lazy to sort through it and find some new direction.

Designer and environmentalist Lanni Lantto believes the idea of dressing beautifully to express yourself can be in harmony with the concept of decreasing your consumerism and environmental impact. Lanni started her line (re) with the goal of creating original, unique pieces of fashion from pre-existing materials. She says “By using pre-existing materials and creatively salvaged fabrics, I breathe new life into fashion otherwise destined for the landfill. After all, the most eco-friendly fabrics are those that already exist.” This statement struck me because even in those moments where I truly feel like I can’t pull an outfit together, there are aspects of certain items that I really do love. I don’t always want to spend my money on new clothes but I can’t figure out how to make the clothes I own work for me.

Eco-consultation is one of the services offered by (re). Available to her clients all over the world via Skype, Lanni works as a personal stylist who can reimagine your wardrobe in an eco-friendly way. She uses three main categories to help decide which clothes need to be 1)  donated/resold through consignment, 2) what will be kept, and 3) what can be redesigned.

When Lanni came over to help me with my closet situation, she spent the first few minutes talking with me about my lifestyle and aesthetic preferences. She was probably also getting a feel for how difficult it would be to get me to part with items that I didn’t need anymore. Was I going to be a free spirit ready to purge excess baggage? Or a borderline hoarder who ascribes sentimental value to each pair of underwear I own? Spoiler alert: I’m a natural at purging and have tendencies to over-sentimentalize things.  So how did it go?


I think Lanni and I were both surprised at my willingness to let go of clothes that weren’t working for me anymore. I have a lot of clothes that I still love in theory but haven’t worn since the early 2000’s. I also have clothes that I don’t love but that I never got rid of simply because they were of good quality or had been expensive. I do try to do an annual assessment of my wardrobe to get rid of items that aren’t worn, but when doing this task on my own I always find excuses to keep more things than I need.

With Lanni guiding me, I was forced to be a bit more honest. She asked gentle but blunt questions about pieces that I wavered on. “When was the last time you wore this? When was the last time before that? Do you feel this flatters you? Do you have another piece that serves a similar purpose in your wardrobe that you like bettr?” In the end, I had three garbage bags worth of clothes to donate to charity. This was much more than I had ever been able to part with in one session before. Besides being accountable to Lanni about the reality of my wardrobe, I also felt more relaxed about donating things because I knew Lanni would be helping me re-work what I currently had in the closet.

There were two pieces in particular that I felt resisant to donating simply because they were expensive and hardly worn. A J.Crew bridesmaids dress and a long GAP peacoat were both set aside to be consigned, in hopes that a profit from those items would give me a little money to buy items that might fill in the gaps of my now smaller wardrobe.


When deciding what to get rid of, Lanni made me feel extremely comfortable about how much she was “letting” me keep by explaining that I could have different categories within my overall wardrobe. She advises clients to have a base wardrobe that is combined with a summer and winter wardrobe during the appropriate season. She also allowed me to have a pile for professional clothes and yoga/exercise clothes. I had no excuse to cling to things unnecessarily because the “rules” for keeping clothes were so reasonable.

When we were finished taking out the clothes that would be donated, Lanni helped me organize my closet so that when getting dressed I would be able to easily access the type of piece of I was looking for. Cardigans/cover-ups together, underlayers together, dresses together, etc. This seems so logical, but before that day my closet literally had no rhyme or reason


The most exciting part of an eco-consulation with Lanni is the chance to get her help in reinventing pieces of your collection of clothes that you love too much to part with but don’t use as they are. 

Lanni focused two dresses that I love, one for comfort and one for  fanciness, but rarely wear. She took a shirt and a skirt from my ‘donate’ pile and showed me how some elements from those pieces could be combined with the dresses to create new looks.

A comfy gray jersey dress that I found a little too plain to wear regularly was transformed with the flowers from an old skirt into a funky, fun piece. My fussy, metallic dress (the time of strapless is over for me, I think) became more wearable and softer when the lace details from a long forgotten top were dyed to match and then used to create straps.

Under the “re-design” header Lanni also designates the subcategories of “self-mend” and “have tailored.” A beloved tunic with a tear and a favorite dress with loose straps were both easy fixes after Lanni gave me a basic tutorial on how to sew them myself. A comfortable sweater dress with a pattern that I adore was rarely worn because I found it a little too boxy. The look will be much more flattering after my tailor adds a few back darts.


The concept behind (re) and Lanni’s eco-consultation service combines the natural desire to express oneself through personal style with the responsibility we have to consider the way our lifestyle impacts our environment. This service can be provided to fashionistas all over the globe who already possess good taste and most of their wardrobe basics but need a fresh perspective to expand their options.

Want to win a FREE eco-consultation with Lanni? This package is valued at $120 and will give one YouFrillMe reader the chance to reinvent their wardrobe in an eco-friendly and budget conscious way! To enter you comment on this blog, and ‘like’ (re) and YouFrillMe on facebook.

–Lane from The Traveling Circus

(re) To Be Featured in New Book by ReTrash (Book)

(re) is extremely honored to be one of the designers featured in a new international book put out by Australian eco-pioneers, ReTrash. The book is a collection of ideas from around the world of ways in which people are upcycling, reusing and repurposing materials that may otherwise end up as landfill.

Recently, they did an interview with (re)’s founder which can be found on their website here.

(re) Designer – Eco Fashion

Lanni Lantto is an avid fashion designer with her own label (re): reuse, reduce, redesign, rethink, reinvent and recycle. Speaking with Lanni earlier this month it is clear to see that her entire creative design process is unconventional from start to finish.

By using pre-existing materials & creatively salvaged fabrics, Lanni breathes new life into fashion otherwise destined for the landfill. She is committed to creating a shift of consciousness by sourcing all 2nd hand materials locally, using reclaimed sewing materials (even mannequins), and displaying her pieces with recycled tags and on salvaged clothing racks. “I’m proud to be a designer who supports my local economy, who is keeping pounds of clothing from rotting in landfills, and can say that I’ve created a business that essentially creates no new waste. This is why I not only create clothing but I teach people skills to reconstruct their own wardrobes and offer personalised wardrobe eco-consultations.”

“There is no need to buy new clothes. Everything you own can be redesigned. All you need are the skills to see old materials in a new light. I can help you do this. Whether you make a commitment to buy one (re) piece instead of buying new or I give your closet an eco-make-over; YOU have the power to make a huge difference. (re)designing is a necessary component of living a sustainable lifestyle and a wildly adventurous way to honor and respect our world.

PAST EVENTS: Lanni Teaching Upcycling Courses + Workshop

Oct/Nov 2012:  New Courses Offered in Marquette:

October 1/8/15th 6-8pm “REdesign Your Wardrobe”: Do you have a closet full of old clothes or a trunk full of heirlooms in the attic gathering dust? Is living a green lifestyle important to you but you don’t know how that translates to fashion? This workshop will teach you how to rethink and redesign everyday objects into wearable, unique and stylish pieces. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to: be knowledgable about what eco-fashion/upcycling is, rethink how old items in your closet can be made new, actually create a piece of your own to take home!
Saturday, November 10th 1-3pm “How to Make a Tshirt Headband” : A class perfect for all ages (8yrs+) this is a class for children and their parents, highschoolers/NMU students who want to show team spirit, men to transform a harley tshirt into a bandana, or anyone who has old tshirts lying around! I will teach you step-by-step how to upcycle your old tshirt into a new headband. Have a favorite logo or design on your tshirts that you want to continue to wear or display – love cutting up old things and making them brand new? Then this is the class for you. Bring your own tshirts; scissors, pins, and hand needles and thread are provided.
**Register by calling the Marquette Arts & Culture Center; 906-228-0472. 217 N. Front St. Marquette, MI 49855 (Peter White Public Library)**

Mens Runway Tuxedo

 Check out the completed piece here

UPcycled Fashion Puts Community on Map (TV)

Re-Fashion Show
Posted on August 8, 2012 by Dan Gualdoni

“Reuse, renew, recycle that’s what we think of when we are recycling old products into new items. And that is just what some area designers have been doing with clothes. Garden Bouquet and Design is sponsoring its third annual re-design show. Local designers and fashion artists will be combining old, new, in–style and out of style clothes to create a new look. All proceeds from the re-design fashion show will go directly to the Marquette Regional History Center.”

Sunny 101 Morning Show Interview (Radio)

Special Fund Raising Fashion Show Set For This Week In Marquette, MI

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News, The Sunny 101 Morning Radio Show with Walt & Mike) – The Marquette Regional History Center is partnering with Garden Bouquet & Design once again for the 3rd Annual (re)Design Fashion Show this Thursday night in Marquette.

Lanni Lantto and Nicole Corne visited the SUNNY Morning Show today to encourage listeners to take part in the event and see what local designers are creating with recycled materials.

They talked about how some redesigners will showcase their new pieces on the runway and found object artists from around the U.P. will have jewelry, sculptures, and a variety of artwork on display.  The event is happening at the Marquette Regional History Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are only $5, available at MRHC, Garden Bouquet & Design and at the door.  All proceeds will benefit the Marquette Regional History Center.

To listen to the complete interview with Lanni and Nicole, click on the audio player link posted on the Sunny 101 Website.

“Something Old” Cameo Bouquet

Katie added that precious “something old” to her wedding day by taking a vintage (re) cameo pin and making it a focal point of her bouquet.  What a creative idea and I am honored to be a part of her special day!

Gala Dress

Dress made for a client attending a Museum Opening Gala.

Reworked an antique dress, adding lace from a worn out slip to the bodice and back.  Then took a yellow scarf and draped it down the shoulders.

(photographer: Yin Tang)


Fashion Designer Inspired To Go Eco (web)

“A recycled skirt for Lanni” by Sew Moe  6/12/12

A handful of weeks ago I was commissioned by Lanni–the lovely etsy seller behind fashionREdesign to create a look that honors her design philosophy. (Check out her shop! fashionREdesign)
Our project was to create the Preppy Gets Edgy wrap skirt–in its recycled form.  Lanni honors her sustainable fashion ethics full time–and I’m so delighted I get to help.  Its not as easy as you’d think to be a conscious fashionista…
I ended up finding enough materials from my pile of donated clothes and one lucky thrift-store-score to make this skirt fully recycled/reused except for the 4 little snaps and closure clasps.
Starting materials:
charcoal grey simple shift dress and matching house coat
floral print, sleeveless summer dress
cotton floral long sleeved tunic

View pictures and finished piece at Sew Moe.

Military Apron

Peace trumps war, soft overpowers harsh- as this piece uses a lace apron in a military design.

(photographer: Jeff Geniesse / model: Brie Trujillo)

Boldness in (re)Design

designboldness( 2 )Fabric applique design made from red jeans and t-shirts. Custom made for entrepreneurs based of their logos.

PAST EVENTS: 3rd Annual (re)Design Fashion Show

8/9/12 3rd Annual ReFashion Fashion Show. Downtown Marquette is welcoming the 3rd Annual ReFashion Fashion Show,  August 9, 2012  7:30pm at the Marquette Regional History Museum.  Put on by Garden Boutique and Design & (re) Lanni Lantto, the show is a fundraiser for the Marquette Regional History Museum.   Re-Fashion is a term for designing in an eco-friendly way by reusing creative pre-existing materials and, therefore, reducing textile waste.  CALL FOR ENTRIES: Create a piece of out recycled materials and YOU can be a part of the show!

Earth Day St. Vincent de Paul Show (TV)

Bloomer (Re)creation

My client drew inspiration from some paper dolls she picked up at an antique store, she wanted old time bloomers. So I found an amazing vintage nightgown set and redesigned a pair for her.

Easy Sweatshirt Redesign

How to take 2 sweatshirts that you are no longer wearing (because of fit, style of color) and combine them into ONE power house sweatshirt that you LOVE to wear!  Quick over-view example of a simple fashion REdesign. Not a step-by-step tutorial.  For more examples, visit my youtube channel.

PAST EVENTS: 2nd Annual Project Compassion Fashion Show

3/25/12. Project Compassion Fashion Show.  (re) will be showing a line of pieces for Project Compassion, a benefit fashion show to raise funds for Camp Star.

Get a sneak peek of this year’s clothing lines from various retailers in the Marquette area and beyond. Prizes will be raffled throughout the event. Admission is $5 for the general public and free to NMU students with ID. Doors open at 6:15pm and the runway lights up at 7pm.  Northern Michigan University.

Anthropologie Apron

Check out the completed piece here

Recycled Gift Ideas, (TV)


“Unique gift ideas from recycled materials”

MARQUETTE — Fashion designer Lanni Lantto has been busy this holiday season, cutting and stitching goods fit for even some of the trickiest gift receivers.

The products she is making are new, but their materials have already seen a whole other life.

“Why use new when there’s so many fabrics out there?” said Lantto.

Taking something that already exists and making something else is the nuts and bolts behind the redesign philosophy. Whether it is making mittens and gloves from old sweaters or just a modern update on vintage clothing, Lantto says her products are gifts that speak.

“You’re making a statement to who you give it to that you care where it came from, not supporting big business stores,” Lantto added.

And if you’re looking outside of the closet for a gift, Lantto isn’t alone.  At least a dozen other designers at Marquette’s Zero Degrees Artist Gallery have the same idea, like Leonard Fieber, who creates furniture out of the beaver wood he collects in the forest.

“It helps me to create things; I’ve got different objects to work with,” said Leonard.  “I work with the shape the beaver left.”

At the gallery, you can also find more adult and children clothing, accessories, furniture and even wall decor with a twist.

For more information about any of the artists at Zero Degrees Artists Gallery, check out their website.

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PAST EVENTS: Lanni Representing Upcycled Design Sister City Program to Japan

12/10/11. The Marquette Sister City program has chosen Lanni Lantto as their Artist Delegate for 2011.  While in Higashiomi Japan, Lantto had a chance to showcase her art along with giving a fashion show and educational upcycling demonstrations.

On December 10th from 1-3pm at the Joy Center in Ishpeming, Lanni will present “An Afternoon in Japan”- open to the public! The presentation will be a mix of stories, photos and videos, and sampling of Japanese fabrics- come ready to be entertained!  Topics to be shared include;  What do the Japanese people do with their unwanted clothing- do they throw it away, do they have thrift stores, do they make their own clothing or swap?  How did they react when I cut a tshirt with scissors in front of 50 high school students?  What creative upcycling project surprised me at my workshop with 15 older Japanese ladies in the mountains of Eigenji?  What is every day life like living with a host family for 10 days- what are the similarities, the differences, and how do you get out of eating the octopus?  Join in the cultural exchange without having to travel across the International Date Line!  See you there!


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Spider Bustle

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Awards Bow Dress

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Dream Shawl

Making my client’s curtains a luxury.

Anthropologie Apron

My friend gave me a vintage Miss Elaine dress and an Anthropologie apron and said, “Mix em and create something cool!”. Check out what this is made out of, view before pictures at “Behind the Seams”

Free People (re)done

My client loved her Free People blouse but wanted it updated for the next season!

Wind Breaker Redo

Cropped black jacket + 1990’s windbreaker fabric

The >< in Altered Couture

XL Blazer Jacket and Vera Scarf -totally- Redesigned. Check out what this is made out of, view before pictures at “Behind the Seams”. Tutorial on how to make this DIY in Altered Couture Magazine.

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70’s ‘Dream On’

Remodeled 70’s dress keeps the dream alive / Also available in pink.

Awards Bow Dress

1980’s prom dress + blouse collar.  Check out what this is made out of, view before pictures at “Behind the Seams”

Belle of the Ball Gown Vegas (CBS)

“This evening gown is a true work of art and attention grabber.  Imagine being at the ball in this?!  The best part is that it is made from a bridesmaid dress; the flowing silk going down the side of the dress is made from an antique scarf.  The front of the dress is not a replica but a real vintage piece that’s been restored to go out and dance once again.”

(photographer: Samantha Elizabeth / Model: Leah Kirchhoff)

(photographer: Yin Tang / Model: Kelly H.)

Antiquity of the Ages

Truly a stunning throw-back homage to antiquity.  Beginning as a black base dress, lace trims the front running up the straps to cowl in the back.  An antique table runner makes this dress an absolute show stealer.

Draped See Dress

This one piece dress combines a former 1990s body suit with a vintage slip skirt.strength

Men’s Runway Tuxedo

This red and black men’s formal suit coat was created from a frumpy women’s blouse and a tailored children’s tuxedo blazer. The shirt was taken apart and attached to the blazer, the collar of the shirt is now the pocket details. Austin’s bow tie is also redesigned from an old chain and, believe it or not, an animal skull that was found in the woods, bleached, and painted to fit the overall theme of this futuristic punk inspired look.  Check out what this is made out of, view before pictures at “Behind the Seams”.

Black Lace Shawl Dress

Shawl made from a skirt / Dress refashioned from satin & lace.

Spider Bustle

Front design made from vintage embroidery satin / Back bustle made from a nightie molded to shape by prom dress tulle.  Check out what this is made out of, view before pictures at “Behind the Seams”.  This is now in its 3rd upcycle as the LA Muse Dress.


1920's elegance

1920’s Elegance

Reworked white full slip with black & white lace trimming/Antique lace collar with earring as jewel pendant.

See this piece on BurdaStyle here!

Behind Scenes of Lanni’s Design Process


A glimpse into lanni lantto’s eco-fashion label ( re ) – started in 2008 – behind the scenes of redesigning from thrift shopping to eco research in Europe to the runway. Creating art that brings caring for our environment full circle.


PAST EVENTS: Celebrity Auction with Upcycled Wearable Art

12/1/11. Celebrity Art Auction.  Lanni was nominated as one of this year’s celebrity artists to create an exciting piece to benefit the The Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum.  December 1st.  5:30 Viewing, 7:00 Auction.  Free Entry.   123 W. Baraga Avenue.

PAST EVENTS: Zero Degrees Gallery Showcasing Textile Artists

9/23/11. The Zero Degrees Artist Gallery Textile Showcase highlighted all of the talented local artists who work with fabrics among the 50+ artists in the gallery!

(re) by lanni lantto has a TON of new pieces.

Behind the Seams (>< dress)

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Behind the Seams (Art Deco Dress)

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Creative Collaborators

Behind every great photo shoot is a team of talented artists.  As I get ready for another LOOKBOOK shoot, I’d like to thank the following artists who have brought
( re ) to life in the past.

The Historic Ithaca State Theatre
Photographers: Dan Taylor & David Kossack
Photographer/Editor/Graphic Designer: James Orlando, extraordinaire.
Models: Asia Dillon, Kel LeMonce, Moina Snyder, Ashley Boehm, & Stephanie Carrion
Hair & Make-up: Jodi Baldwin & Oubon Phommanyrath
Wardrobe Stylist: Heidi Brown

Middle School Dress

A great example of refashioning the same dress into something very different.  Instead of buying a new dress to wear to her middle school dance, Therese had Lanni redesign one of her old dresses.  Taking fabric off of the length of the dress, its been added to the waistline- along with some 2nd hand tulle- to give the dress a youthful ballerina feel.  Therese has a truly unique dress that created zero new waste!

(photographer: Yin Tang)

Deep Red Wine

From the ( re ) 2011 Collection at the 2nd Annual “ReFashion Fashion Show” in Marquette, MI 2011.  Even I get to walk the runway at the end 😉  A gorgeous deep wine 1970s vintage dress that was so ripped it was in the garbage. Mended, hemmed, and added a Renaissance style tassel draping.

(photographers: Yin Tang & Dustin Katona / Model: Lanni Lantto)

Art Deco Dress

From the ( re ) 2011 Collection at the 2nd Annual “ReFashion Fashion Show” in Marquette, MI 2011.  Art Deco Inspired Party Dress playing with shapes from various deconstructed blouses.  Check out what this is made out of, view before pictures at “Behind the Seams”

(photographer: Yin Tang / Model: Megan Bennet)

Table Runner Dress

From the ( re ) 2011 Collection at the 2nd Annual “ReFashion Fashion Show” in Marquette, MI 2011.  Made from 9 layers of lace and a stunning back accent of an heirloom table runner.

(photographer: Yin Tang / Model: Megan Bennet)