SOLO MILA is a brand of upcycled denim wear founded by designer Mili. Mili describes her newly launched brand as creating individual recycling art. This is inspired by her innovative approach to creating clothing in a sustainable and individual way without limiting the flair of her designs. Her makeshift attitude to entering the design world evidences a maverick ambition which will surely be instrumental to her brand’s success.
What motivated you to center your design ethic around sustainability?
Aesthetics is a personal matter and for myself I can say that I’m an old soul. Jeans represents tradition and it’s fashion by itself. Everything has already been done. I think fashion is not about what you wear but who you are.
The first jacket was made of my old Diesel jeans and I had dreamed about it for a long time. I started pestering people around me to bring me old jeans that they no longer use. That was the start. Nowadays I work with companies that collect used clothes.
What processes do you use to turn unwanted jeans into entirely new statement fashion pieces?
First I wash the old jeans at 100 degrees, then I completely dismantle the trousers so they are unrecognizable and only then the new design process begins.
How does it make you feel to be doing something that can only be good for the planet?
What are you looking forward to working towards in the future?
by Livia Feltham - Glass Magazine, London
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