This TikTok Designer Upcycles Designer Bags Into Just About Anything

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I sew every day for about 10 to 12 hours, creating custom pieces for clients or building collections with other brands—so the content is there. I film everything now. A lot of my custom clientele comes from Instagram, so they see my work and say, “I want that, but my way.” 

You were an accountant before you started making things. What inspired the switch-up? 

My older brother was running his own company at the time. I was seeing his daily life and just wanted that so bad: The freedom to do what you want on your own time. He was the catalyst, urging me to just make one piece at a time. I slowly learned how to tailor my suits from my dad’s tailoring company while I was an accountant. At this point, I was 24 years old, an accountant, and going out every night. Wanting more to life, I learned that I had to really go for it instead of using this newfound practice as a hobby. I started sewing more frequently and upcycling old NBA jerseys I had collected in high school. Finally, gaining feedback outside my friends and family propelled me mentally to believe that I could be an artist. 

All your pieces are often upcycled. Why is sustainability important to you?

I’ve been fortunate to be a part of the sustainability movement as a designer because my whole premise around sewing started with that. I started to create upcycled NBA pieces for myself, and I wasn’t able to duplicate them at the time. This inadvertently forced my business model of reworking the customers’ items. The premise was now stronger: There was sentimental value added that was not offered elsewhere. 

TikTok: Courtesy of @utopia.us

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