What happens when you can’t decide on a tattoo? If you’re a fashion illustrator, like Melbourne style maven Sarah Darby, you draw on your jeans instead. Sarah’s new label, One of a Kind Denim, creates bespoke art on vintage denim and leather, and her pieces are both sustainable and spectacular.
Sarah has had plenty of practice creating knockout designs; she’s even illustrated live for Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival.
“I love capturing guests in little sketches at events – giving people something to take home with them is a lovely way to make someone feel special,” says Sarah. “And now, with One of a Kind Denim, I try to tell a customer’s story or celebration.”
Sarah’s striking bespoke designs, hand-painted and stitched onto vintage denim and leather, speak to her customers’ heritage, their passions and their unique sense of style. From clean motifs to big, bold and beautiful embellishments, Sarah’s head-turning creations epitomise today’s move towards a more ethical industry.
“We want to make fashion that feels like it’s been created especially for you,” says Sarah. “Instead of following trends, we encourage our customers to celebrate their own brand of fabulous. Plus, if it’s truly about you then you won’t throw it out at the end of the season.”
And throw out clothes we do. More than 500,000 tonnes of textiles have been ending up in landfill every year, and those cringe-worthy numbers are just from Australia. But there’s no doubt that the fashion world has begun its gradual – yet genuine – deceleration, making labels such as Sarah’s more important than ever.
“I hope to play a small part in the movement away from fast fashion,” she says.
One of a Kind Denim creates designs onto your own vintage denim or leather, or they can source that perfect vintage piece just for you. Work with Sarah to express your own meaningful message – or leave it up to the art gods to decide.
The label also offers semi-custom designs on which customers can add their own colours and messages, as well as a rocking, ready to wear range.
Head to oneofakinddenim.com.au and be inspired by sustainable chic.
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