CAZENOVIA — On April 30, the Cazenovia Faculty trend packages debuted the “Look Once more” clothes assortment at The Key consignment store on Albany Road.
Look Once more is a sustainable clothes line created by college students in Visiting Teacher Elise Thayer’s product improvement class.
The 2-semester course supplies hands-on, real-world studying within the improvement of progressive, customer-driven attire for a selected goal market.
College students develop an understanding of design, manufacturing and merchandising ideas via a collaborative challenge with native trade companions.
In response to Thayer, the autumn course, product improvement ideas, focuses on working with an trade accomplice to develop a line idea. All through the semester, college students conduct pattern and market analysis, full preliminary designs, and start cloth sourcing.
The spring course, product improvement functions, explores technical design and manufacturing within the world market. College students design and assemble items and merchandise a ready-to-wear garment line below the Look Once more label.
Each semesters are notably targeted on the design and manufacturing of upcycled and recycled clothes.
“Presently, college students in all places are involved in regards to the atmosphere and find out how to dwell extra sustainably in all elements of their lives,” mentioned Thayer. “Style college students understand the necessity to stability the aim of the style trade to offer clothes that meet the wants of everybody, whereas [also] lowering the affect on the atmosphere.”
Thayer added that she believes it’s important for college students to discover the function of trend throughout the wider round financial system — a mannequin of manufacturing and consumption that entails sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling current supplies and merchandise for so long as attainable.
“[The] goal is to supply items and companies in a extra complete and sustainable approach,” she defined. “Round trend focuses on producing merchandise extra thoughtfully with equal significance positioned on each manufacturing and finish of the lifetime of a garment.”
As of April 25, the scholars had produced about 30 to 40 items, together with tops, pants, shorts and equipment.
The gathering options three design classes:
Curated classic: One in every of a form finds, handpicked from The Key.
Reworked: Present items which have been enhanced or embellished with private touches, similar to embroidery, ornamental stitching, paint, tie-dye, or patches. Transforming additionally contains combining clothes to create new trend items.
Repurposed: Items designed from current classic supplies. New designs and patterns are created, and distinctive clothes are lower from thrift finds donated by The Key and by different people concerned within the challenge.
“We’d deliver the [donated clothes] in and collectively take into consideration what we needed to do with them,” mentioned Jayda Devine, a junior trend merchandising main. “We had to consider what was trending and the way we might make them look the best way our faculty campus and other people our age, and naturally others as properly, would discover attention-grabbing and stylish.”
Cara McDougal, a junior trend merchandising main and trend design minor, added that the scholars additionally labored to make sure that every bit tied into the general model aesthetic and aligned with the challenge’s sustainability objectives.
“We tried to work sustainability into each side of the gathering, not simply the garments,” she mentioned. “[For example,] the tags are tied onto every bit utilizing scrap cloth.”
McDougal described the challenge as each enjoyable and difficult.
“I feel what many individuals don’t understand in regards to the retail trade is that there’s a lot planning and a lot element that goes into a set,” she mentioned. “[As a shopper,] you don’t even discover all of the analysis and improvement that went into attending to the ultimate product. It was actually cool to see it go from nothing to what we’ve as we speak. It took a lot time. Each little element — each shade, each tag, each trim, every part you possibly can consider — was selected and needed to be accepted by the jury. It was loads of selections, however it was actually good expertise.”
The Look Once more challenge was initially developed as a part of a sustainability class taught on the faculty from 2004 to 2007.
In response to Thayer, the model was created at a time when The Key was trying to develop its youthful buyer base and Cazenovia Faculty trend school members Joanne Gilbert, Laura Pirkl and Karen Steen had been searching for to develop the community of neighborhood and trade companions supporting the style curriculum.
In response to Thayer, The Key supplied unsold merchandise for trend college students to re-make into new clothes, which had been then bought at The Key.
“Initially, [this] was an elective course and challenge that was embraced by the faculty’s trend packages, the Cazenovia neighborhood, and The Key,” defined Thayer. “Mockingly, it was troublesome to maintain the challenge when the semester ended and the provision of clothes dwindled. We really feel the time is now proper to revitalize the challenge, attributable to renewed scholar curiosity and neighborhood members who typically requested we return to the challenge. We’ve got developed methods to help Look Once more between semesters with internships and incorporating elements of manufacturing in different courses . . . The present significance of connecting with native producers and companies [also] supported the revitalization of the faculty’s partnership with The Key.”
This 12 months, Pirkl served as a advisor to the product improvement class.
A Cazenovia Faculty alumna and former adjunct professor, Pirkl is now a contract designer and design director of JES Attire in DeWitt.
She has 28 years of expertise within the trend trade and has spent 13 years as design director for American Style Community, working with many nationwide retail shops and personal label manufacturers.
The whole Look Once more assortment was debuted at The Key throughout a personal occasion open to program college students, faculty directors, Albany Road enterprise house owners, and company of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.
Attendees included Reverend Robert Trache, interim rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Cazenovia Faculty President Ronald Chesbrough, and Village of Cazenovia Mayor Kurt Wheeler.
“It has been a incredible expertise working with Cazenovia Faculty to help within the improvement of the Look Once more store-within-a-store,” mentioned Firari. “We began this challenge a number of weeks in the past by donating garments for the scholars to repurpose and up-cycle of their design courses, and we’ve supplied the proper venue for them to additionally find out about merchandising, gross sales, and retail retailer operations. Professors Thayer and Pirkl have held courses within the retailer, and their college students have been very concerned with all the challenge. It has been enjoyable to work together with such artistic and energetic college students.”
Company had been introduced with occasion favors and treats made and donated by Latte Da Café.
The gathering is at the moment out there on the market at The Key.
Positioned at 66 Albany St, The Secret’s a charitable consignment and donation store based in 1960 by the ladies of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. The 2-level retail house gives a big selection of clothes, footwear and family items at a fraction of their unique prices.
For extra data on The Key, go to thekeyconsign.com or comply with “The Key Cazenovia” on Instagram and Fb.
To study extra about Cazenovia Faculty’s trend packages, go to cazenovia.edu/teachers/packages.