Main Street is home to many locally-owned and independent fashion shops with eco-friendly or fair trade items, but Adhesif Clothing (2202 Main Street) takes things just a little bit farther: every Adhesif garment is completely original and lovingly handmade out of new and recycled fabrics to create an original one-of-a-kind piece. Adhesif Clothing is part of the “slow fashion movement”, a philosophy which values quality over quantity and (like most art forms) requires hours of physical production to produce pieces that will be cherished for years. After more than a decade of growing her project independently, the creative force behind Adhesif is looking for some help so that the label can continue to grow.
Melissa Ferreira is the Vancouver designer behind the unique brand. She taught herself how to sew at a young age and has been experimenting with textiles for most of her life, but it was working as a buyer in the vintage clothing industry that inspired her to create new garments out of vintage fabrics; the quality and characteristics possessed by vintage materials far outshine most modern goods. Not only does using vintage and recycled materials add distinctive personality to all of Ferreira’s eye-catching, one-of-a-kind creations, it also diverts tons of textiles from landfills – in fact, since 2003 Adhesif Clothing has helped keep more than 10 000 pounds of discarded material out of the landfill!
Ferreira believes consumers shouldn’t have to sacrifice personal style in order to maintain high moral standards, and is devoted to creating one-of-a-kind eco-friendly fashion that will keep her clients looking as great as they feel. She’s equally committed to continuing to spread the message of resourcefulness in her craft, and is actively engaged in community outreach and educational workshops through local colleges and community centres.
The Adhesif Indigogo campaign is aimed at helping Adhesif continue to reduce the burden the fashion industry places on the environment by expanding their zero-waste production studio and growing their upcycled clothing line. Meeting their $6000 goal will allow Ferreira to purchase a new industrial serger, hire some additional help, and procure additional materials. The incentives the campaign offers are enough to tempt any local fashion-lover: discounts at the online store, a signed and framed print, a pair of Ferreira’s signature fingerless mittens, or a 3-hour in-studio upcycling workshop for three people!