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 the amount of textile waste instead of contributing to it.
The clothing and textile industry is one of the largest polluters in the world (second to oil). In addition to this environmental destruction, the fashion industry also contributes to sizeism, racism, classism, and exploitation of workers.
However, we realize that fast fashion can be unavoidable; we are always happy to alter and extend the life of everything- from an heirloom quilt to a new t-shirt you bought last week. We believe that everyone should feel comfortable and dignified in their clothing. Clothes are an important expression of identity and creativity. We value size inclusivity, black lives, BIPOC experiences, disability justice, worker's rights, and queer people of all genders. We strive to "fix anything but a broken heart"- as long as it's made out of fabric, no matter how damaged it may be.
Old Flame Mending was founded in Pittsburgh in 2019 by Rebecca Harrison and Tia Tumminello, with the support of a pop-up booth at a local boutique, Make + Matter. Since then, you may have seen us at the Bloomfield Saturday Market, the Lawrenceville Farmer's Market, PGH Vintage Mixer, and Boheme Market.
As of February 2022, we have found our home at our own storefront in Avalon, a suburb adjacent to Pittsburgh.
Old Flame Mending is currently helmed by Rebecca Harrison, and employs 7 part-time contract sewists. Our small but mighty team is dedicated to helping you keep your clothes out of the landfill through years of experience, backgrounds in sewing and design, creative problem solving, and collaboration.
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