Local designers jazz up old threads with funk factor
WHY throw away an old pair of jeans when you could simply “Funk Em”?
Local fashion designer Cindy Liggins has taken recycling old clothes to a new level and sews a range of “one-of-a-kind” products out of leftover clothing materials.
“I started this trend when I made a series of clothing called ’In Your Face’ where I sewed on prints of faces on jeans and skirts,” she said.
“They were just selling off the rack so I decided to use leftover pieces of fabric to ’Funk Em’.”
The solo designer soon became a team when she met local artist Melissah Norris who came into the store as a customer.
“When I met Cindy we just clicked,” Melissah said.
“We both get terribly excited about making new products - it is like an energy which is in us.
“We don’t even notice the time that goes by when we are making new things because we are just flying on new ideas.
“We play on ideas together to develop different lines and hopefully we can increase our productivity later in the year.”
The pair design dresses, shirts, jeans, bikinis, handbags, selective lingerie, jewellery, children’s soft toys, and clothing for men, women and children.
Each individual piece of clothing is original, unique and the designs are never made out of the same piece of material.
“Some people come into our store and have found some really funky clothes for this year’s Carnivale,” Ms Liggins said.
“I have also designed a pair of jeans for local musician, Gusman.
“We encourage locals to come in with their old clothes and have a look around our store because we thrive off new ideas or suggestions.”
Funk Em can be found at shop 22A of the Meridien Marina.
What the funk: designers Melissah Norris and Cindy Liggins