Renewable fashion one step too far Designer launches $480 coat made from recycled brown paper bags
23:00 GMT, 6 November 2012
Think twice before throwing your paper bags away, because in the world of fashion they have become hot property.
Last season Jill Sander launched a $290 bag crafted from coated paper, and now New York-based designer, Aki Goto, has unveiled a battered-looking $480 jacket made from discarded paper bags.
According to the stockist United Bamboo, she only uses 'fabrics donated by people' and most of her pieces are hand sewn.
Recycled fashion: Aki Goto's coat for United Bamboo, is made from materials more commonly found around the house including brown paper bags and silver duct tape
The item of clothing, simply called the Paper Bag Jacket, is marketed as being 'one-of-a-kind' and unisex.
A size 8, vintage jacket was used as a base, and paper bags were applied using a combination of glue and varnish.
Ms Goto then stuck strips of grey duct tape to the jacket lapels as a finishing touch.
The little-known designer's latest work has attracted mixed reviews. Styleite.com wrote: 'We don’t hate the concept – in fact, we
could see kooky couture designer Maison Martin Margiela making something
like this work in a runway show.
Tempting The Aki Goto, $480, Paper Bag Jacket appears on the United Bamboo website
'But between the sawed-off sleeves, the
peeling seams and the creased, wet-looking material, we can’t help but
think that the jacket appears to be rotting right there on the model’s
While diyfashion.com said that she has taken the 'grungy vibe to the next level'.
But those sold on the design better be quick, as only one Paper Bag Jacket is available to purchase.