JULY 29, 2011 | Hasbro’s 2nd Annual Project Upcycle Event
We were judges at Hasbro’s Project Upcycle Event — and, designed the Grand Prize awards.
kHyal and Karl Heine, Project Upcycle judges and award designers.
Photo: ©Lee Moody 2011.
JULY 9, 2011 | She Takes on the World
Style Saturday: One Woman’s Story About Following Her Passion for Sustainable Fashion Design
By: kHyal — guest blogger
Vintage fashion sings to me. It began when I was a child, starting with hand-me-downs from a grammar school neighbor — to buying 1940s sweaters for a quarter each from a local thrift shop while in middle school. I didn’t realize at the time that I was recycling, as sustainability wasn’t in my vocabulary or in the minds of many Americans.
Later, in college, I studied fashion — in the post-hippie but pre official eco-friendly era. My retro taste led me to commerce by hunting and gathering fine vintage apparel out of piles of used clothing at the Dollar-A-Pound in Cambridge. I shopped primarily for myself, but would pick specific high-end pieces to sell to Newbury Street shops in downtown Boston at a nice student-supporting profit.
Somewhere in the 2000s — I officially launched kHyal Kouture — one-of-a-kind upcycled apparel and accessories created from vintage and reclaimed textiles and other materials. I also designed and wrote a branded monthly feature in a lifestyle magazine called kHyal Kouture — featuring tips for tricking out your wardrobe using reclaimed pieces. This tied into my life-long series of fashion related photographic self-portraits and accessories.
In 2011, I was delighted to find that my personal passion and hybrid conceptual projects based on the whims of my aesthetic taste is now a pilot program at FIT called the Sustainable Design Entrepreneur Certificate. I enrolled myself last spring and it’s introduced me to a rich community of like — but different — others. A place to refine one’s thinking on how to carve out a personal and professional stylish and sustainable future. Isn’t that what we all want?
Described by FIT — The Sustainable Design Entrepreneurs Certificate Program provides designers with the knowledge, tools and resources to operate sustainable businesses. A core curriculum with a choice of three tracks — Fashion Design, Graphic Design and Interior Design — will empower you to assist clients in meeting sustainability goals and supply chain requirements.
For more information — visit FIT.
kHyal™ is an award-winning designer and the principal of fiZz, a boutique digital marketing strategy and communication design firm based in Bridgeport and Brooklyn. She also creates one-of-a-kind garments under the name kHyal Kouture using reclaimed and vintage textiles, as well as fashion-based fine art. kHyal is the co-founder of PUSH Workshops, DesignerGrill, and PUSH Design Camp— and the creator of The Weather sKwirl™.