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Show us Your Piece x Piece

Piece x Piece and Mc Calls patterns have recently collaborated for their new Generation Next campaign featuring up and coming designers. You can now make your very own Division Tunic at home with all your leftover bits and pieces! We would love to see what you all come up with, so please post your own pics of your Division Tunic on our Facebook page. And be sure to check out the article written by Eco Salon.

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Piece x Piece Holiday Sale and Party

It was a full moon the night of the party. Which could only mean one thing, it was going to be a fun night! We had a great turn out and we couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to come by our studio and shop. It was a night to remember.

A picture of the hardworking PxP staff (left-Reeves Sinnot & right-Michaela Montfort) as well as a garland of ties, and a basket full of scarves. Special thanks to the girls for helping me through the first year of Piece x Piece. I couldn’t have done it without you both!

Some happy PxP shoppers! Xuan scored a Native Owl Scarf, Oakley couldn’t decided which City Matrix tie he was taking home, and Reeves poses here with other PxP shoppers, Stephanie, Alicia and Ophelia. Can’t wait to see everyone wearing their new PxP!

Coralie shows us that wearing a tie the regular way is boring, why not wear it like a scarf? Of course if you knew Coralie you’d know what a trend setter she really is. Mark and his lovely little girl came by and did some x-mas shopping. My former instructor at CCA, Jean, came by to show some support to PxP.

Michaela was a busy, busy lady ringing up the PxP merchandise for the evening. Trust me you did NOT want to get in the way of her “system” for checking people out. Reeves and Mario (cutest couple) managed to make a few purchases that night as well. Thank you to everyone who came out and shopped our first annual Holiday Sale. It was such a success that we ran out of bags before the evening was over…sorry about that. Can’t wait to see you all wearing your new Piece x Piece!

Missed the Party? We’ve got you covered. 50% off all merchandise when you use promo code “pxp4me” at the check-out. Merchandise is limited and going quick so better shop before it’s gone!

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PxP Spring 2012 Intern Search

Piece x Piece has a seasonal student internship position available. Starting in January and lasting approximately 3 months, for 1-3 days/week.

Internship duties include: assisting in design (apparel and accessory), patternmaking, muslin sewing, organization, and assisting with press, sales and production. Also, Internet marketing, blogging, posting updates to Facebook and Twitter.

We are looking for someone with strong communication skills who takes direction well. You must have a positive demeanor, be proactive, punctual, attentive to detail and well organized. Please apply if you have knowledge in patternmaking and garment construction. Knitwear knowledge or previous experience with Internet Marketing is a plus.

The Piece x Piece internship program offers school credit only. Students with Junior or Senior status preferred. Please include a cover letter and resume, also note your upcoming Spring availability.

All inquiries should be directed to: michaela@pxp-sf.com

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Textile Recycling at its Best

“It takes 700 gallons of water to grow the cotton to produce just one T-shirt.” -USAGAIN

Textile recycling is thankfully a growing business headed by companies committed to lowering the mass quantities of garments thrown away each year. With proper reuse and redistribution of unwanted garments not only do we help others by providing them with affordable and clean clothing, but we also help ourselves by slowing the rate of garbage ending up in landfills.

Textile recycling can mean either the collection of garments for redistribution, or it means that the goods collected will actually be broken down into new materials. Either way hundreds of thousands of tons of unwanted garments stay out of landfills every year.

BCR Global Textiles is a large scale textile recycling company that takes quality donations and redistributes them to other countries. People are encouraged to use the donation banks set up, where garments, shoes and bras are collected and sorted on a massive scale. BCR not only creates jobs itself but also creates jobs for the businesses who sell the recycled garments abroad and thus provides inexpensive clothes for third world countries throughout the globe. Here is an amazing video that takes a closer look at the entire process:

Founded in 1948, The Bureau of International Recycling pioneered the interests of the recycling industry on an international scale. During the sorting process items are classified as wearable and sent to be sold secondhand or as unwearable and sold to the ‘flocking’ industry for shredding and re-spinning into new fabric and yarn. Textile materials are shredded or pulled into fibers and the yard is re-spun ready for later weaving or knitting. Of all collected textiles, approximately 50% are reused and 50% are recycled.

Patagonia has been using fabrics made from recycled fibers for years, they have now teamed up with eBay to launch a trend to resell used Patagonia items online. As firm believers in the notion that we shouldn’t buy more of what we don’t need, Patagonia is encouraging it’s customers to resell their used items to help complete the circle. Way to go Patagonia!

Dress for Success may be one of the more recognizable names in the not-for-profit and textile recycling world. They have been around since 1997 and have helped more than 550,000 women around the world to find work and become financially independent. Offering services designed to help women not only find jobs by giving them clean appropriate work work attire, but to also remain employed.

So whether you are contributing to large scale textile recycling company, donating to the Goodwill or selling your unwanted jeans to Crossroads or Buffalo Exchange make sure you are part of the solution and not the problem. We aren’t guaranteed to have this Earth forever and if we aren’t careful we will continue to see serious and rapid decline of our oceans, forests and even the neighborhoods around us. Let’s not take our beautiful Earth for granted!

“50% of textile waste is not biodegradable” -Fashion and Earth

More links on ways you can help and where to donate:

www.dressforsuccess.org

www.patagonia.com

www.bcrglobal.com

www.usagain.com

www.bir.org

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Piece x Piece – Year One!

Technically our anniversary is tomorrow the 15th, but why not get a jump on celebrating a day early! We are so thankful for such an amazing first year and couldn’t have done it without the love and support of all of you. Without you spreading the word, telling our story and wearing our clothing we simply would not be here a year later.

We also had the good fortune to get the attention of the above publications, and blogs, that also helped propel us even further. We’re thankful to them as well, and can’t wait to share with them and you the exciting developments coming down the pipeline very soon.

Stay tuned!

“Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love.”

-David McCullough

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