re is a Toronto-based sustainable fashion brand founded by Lisa Tse. Inspired by timeless classics, Lisa creates clothing and accessories using an eco-friendly design process devoted to reclaiming and repurposing textiles. Vintage clothing is reworked into contemporary pieces that become an expression of the past, present and future. Unloved materials, leftover fabric and dead stock are collected and upcycled into refined styles that are cherished by eco-conscious people. Striking a balance between desirability and practicality, re’s tailored approach to sportswear is designed to be reworn season after season.
Toronto-based designer Lisa Tse introduces re as a sustainable fashion brand with respect for the planet’s precious resources and future generations. re reclaims and repurposes textile waste, promoting the growing slow fashion movement.
Lisa studied Fashion Design at Ryerson University. Feeling apprehensive and uncertain of her skills as a designer, the pressure to create a collection left her disillusioned. After completing three years, she left to apprentice with local couturiers and designers and learned firsthand about tailoring and garment construction. She honed her skills designing womenswear for many renowned retailers. After practicing her craft for more than 10,000 hours and mentoring young designers, she has finally found her way with re.
re is ethically-made in Toronto, Canada by a small team of skilled pattern makers and seamstresses. Each style is made in limited quantities using repurposed materials, sustainable fabrics, and locally-sourced textiles. Vintage clothing is hand selected from vintage wholesalers, and reinvented into modern garments. Through this process, re works to prolong the textiles’ longevity.
re strives to use minimal water and energy, and produce the least possible amount of textile waste in the making of all collections. However, there will always be some leftover fabric after cutting out patterns. Any excess fabric is collected in a bin and then donated to local toy makers, quilters and schools for further use. re is also advocating with city counsellors to develop a local textile waste recycling program to divert factory textile waste from the landfill.
From start to finish, re consciously creates clothing and accessories that are respectful of people and the planet.