Why we do this
First of all, we know that every textile has a story, and we want to help you keep your pieces intact. Fabric is emotional, but the noise of fast fashion can drown out the human element; not only in a figurative way but also in a human rights aspect when we think about who makes our clothes. The clothing and textile industry is also one of the largest polluters in the world (second to oil). As we think about the fashion industry’s role in the climate crisis, we want to provide a service that makes even a tiny dent in textile waste instead of contributing to it. Through extending the life cycle of textiles, we are adding value to the pieces you already own.
*special thanks to Rebekah, Kelly, and Rona of Make + Matter, who helped us with the inception of this project and have offered so much support since.
Who we are
We are Rebecca Harrison and Tia Tumminello, two makers who have been sewing our fingers off for years. We met while working at an organic grocery store, but bonded over thrifting and crafting together. Since we each mend our own clothes and pieces for our friends, we decided to team up and form Old Flame Mending.
Tia attended Tyler School of Art at Temple University, earning her degree in art education. She works in a variety of mediums, but has been sewing since high school. Tia is a talented sign maker and graphic designer; in addition to co-running the business, she designs our print material and hand paints all of our signs.
Rebecca has a BFA in Fibers from SCAD, and has work experience with clothing and textiles in a range of capacities, from milling fiber on an alpaca farm to designing costumes. Recently, she worked in a tailoring and alterations shop, which has helped inform our business model and alterations processes.
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