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Rugger Upcycled – No Fabric Left Behind

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by Make it last on 30 September, 2017

GANT Rugger Upcyled is a small capsule of patchworked shirts and a bedspread made from old stock fabrics. Meet designers Alina Brane and Daniel Perlinger, discussing the idea behind the Rugger Upcycled Collection and why the shirt is a wardrobe essential.

“It was during our seasonal visit to the beautiful shirt factory we work with in Bangalore, India. We usually walk the factory floor and say hi to all our coworkers there, but this time we somehow got stuck in the back where they keep all the leftover fabrics, it’s a sea of the most exquisite madrases, striped poplins and soft oxfords – heaven for shirt geeks like us! And we decided we had to do something with all of these weaves.

As an American sports brand GANT has a long history of preppy patchwork shirts dating back to the 60s. Having a beautiful range of fabrics at hand just made it natural to use the patchwork technique as a tool for designing. The already existing fabrics were matched together in a very careful way to have blocks, patterns and color harmonising.

My favourite has to be the women’s Slim Button Down shirt patchworked in blue stripes and checks – I have the first prototype we made and I have worn it so many times it’s ridiculous…”

“As an everyday wardrobe essential, it is hard to find something else besides the shirt that will make sure you look the part whatever you have planed. From a brand perspective the shirt reflects our heritage. We started off as shirt makers and are proud to embrace this story everyday, from the first design sketch to how it is presented in our stores.

We offer shirts that can be worn across a multitude of occasions. From work to after work, from leisurely weekend brunches to evenings out. Here, it all depends on styling: turned up sleeves, popped up collars, shirt tucked in or left out.”

Every shirt is produced in 150 pieces each, and can be found here!

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