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Revigor re-loves closet castoffs

April 19, 2011 |  7:11 am

Revigor-haute-couver-short[1]"Recycled" and "high-end" aren't terms that easily pair up, yet that's the mission of Revigor, a Petaluma demi-couture company that transforms out-of-circulation clothing into one-of-a-kind, ready-to-wear pieces.

While the source fabrics are previously worn, they aren't crafty patchworks. Long fabric panels are stitched together into kimonos and wrap dresses, scarves and handbags with finished seams rather than frayed edges.

To celebrate Earth Day, Revigor is headed to L.A. for a one-night event Thursday, during which attendees are encouraged to purge their closets and bring select items to be "Revigor-ed."

Revigor founder Amy Critchett will meet with clients to determine what pieces can be made from their recycled clothing. Kimonos cost $488, Wrap dresses $388, scarves and purses $188. After a client places an order, Critchett's seamstress will sew the piece together at her studio in Petaluma and ship it when it's completed.

"It's like a trunk show meets a trip to the tailor," said Critchett, 44. "To see your items as potential new pieces is just a really wonderful, undescribable magic."

Orpheum Lofts, 846 S. Broadway, Los Angeles. Thursday, 7-9 p.m. RSVP (213) 840-0077.


Sustainable chic: Trashy in a good way

Yes, even clothes can be recycled

Save money, refresh wardrobes with clothing swaps

-- Susan Carpenter

Photo: Revigor Haute Couveur. Credit: Revigor