J’adore Kiki Kumi!
The brain-child of concious-designer Ariane Brunet-Juteau and based in Montreal this sustainable ethical accessory brand’s mission is to innovate and rethink the way fashion is made. By reusing the denim of preloved jeans, Ariane not only extends its life cycle but also diverts waste away from landfills. Transforming jeans into affordable ecoluxe goods is her fabulous way of paying tribute to this most cherished and useful material.
Kiki Kumi’s stunning upcycled denim and leather designs provided the perfect sustainable style inspiration:
J’adore my new painted (faux) leather and denim fringed shoes!
Here’s what I did:
I started with a pair of inherited faux suede granny boots, old jeans and blue carpet paint.
I removed the laces from the shoes and taped off the bottoms.
Then painted all of the faux suede areas and set them aside to dry and set for 24 hours.
I grabbed the jeans and chopped off 2 equal pieces from the bottom of the legs.
Sliced each piece into fringes and then tossed them in with my next load of laundry.
How cool is that result? The denim fringe curled up during the wash cycle!
I wrapped the fringed denim pieces around the tops of my shoes to get the correct length,
then chopped and stitched them to size.
Punched a hole in each end…
and my funky removable fringe was complete!
I simply wrapped it around each shoe and fed the laces through the holes!
Awesome from the sides!
Groovy from the back!
Learn more about Kiki Kumi (name has now changed to Kinsu) and grab your own stunning upcycled accessory right here!