This weekend I hemmed two pairs of jeans on my sewing machine, and the result was a feeling that I had acquired a whole new wardrobe. I often wonder what it would be like if my sewing skills extended beyond the creation of a simple straight line of stitches. For now, I must leave more complicated stitchery feats to the experts. Experts like... Junky Styling.
Junky Styling developed when two friends, Annika Sanders and Kerry Seager, started to make clothes for themselves to wear out clubbing in the early 90s. After extensive international travel and countless compliments on their clothing, a business was founded. Charity shops and jumble sales are their chosen source of secondhand traditional suits to deconstruct and then redesign into twisted tailored garments.
They've now launched their new diffusion line, which takes recycling to a new level. Statement pieces include pirate waistcoats, jumptee dresses, crisp tailored jackets, tulip skirts and this season’s must-have slacks. Have a look online (www.shopatedge.com) or even in the real world (Junky Styling, 12 Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery, 91-95 Brick Lane E1 6RF).