Happy World Recycling Day, Rotaro Reader! Today is a day for us to reconnect with our individual and collective efforts as a fashion-community concerned about the future of our planet. But I don’t need to tell you that - as a Rotaro fan, you’re here because you care about how you consume fashion and what happens to your clothes after you’ve got your fill.

We’re here to help you go one step further with your recycling mantra this WRD, highlighting 5 key designers up-cycling trash into treasure, including two new-names you can rent-right-now at Rotaro:

Ellie Misner

The corset’s been having a moment since Bridgerton, quite literally, bust onto our screens this winter. Luckily for us - and for you - we have Ellie Misner to help you live out all your regency-inspired fantasies. Ellie’s bespoke corsets are upcycled from deadstock materials and are one-of-a-kind. elliemisner.co.uk

Look out for Ellie Misner on Rotaro, available to rent from this month! 

Lydia Bolton

Zero-waste is at the heart of everything Lydia Bolton does, who founded her up-cycling label in 2019. Lydia creates each piece by hand, selecting second-hand wares from charity shops before painstakingly unpicking the garments and deciding on how to re-work them into innovative, one-off silhouettes. lydiabolton.co.uk

Look out for Lydia Bolton on Rotaro, available to rent from this month! 

Connor Ives

Sustainability has always been part of Connor Ives’ process, who in his first year at Central Saint Martin’s was already receiving orders for his iconic pieced-together dresses. His A/W 21 grad-collection features oversize sweatshirts, flares and scarf dresses made from reclaimed garments from recycling warehouses. Although, the star of the show is Ive's dazzling glitter-bubble dress, made from 10,000 recycled plastic floral sequins, taking 5 months to complete. connerives.com

Chopova Lowena

Emma Chopova and Laura Lowena have been on my radar since their graduation show in 2017; since then, the pair have made a name for themselves with their contemporary, craft-centric take on folklore. A/W21 sees the pair look to school-girl subcultures, mixing prep, grunge and emo into upcycled fleeces, pieced-together kilts and patchwork pinafores. chopovalowena.com

Rave Review

Rave Review made a name for themselves back in 2017 with their eclectic upcycled outerwear, which was nominated for an LVMH Prize after being showcased at Stockholm and Paris Fashion Weeks. A/W21 is their most established collection yet, with silhouettes spanning out into puff-sleeve dresses, catsuits and trench-coats, each and every one crafted from curated, deadstock finds. rave-review.com

Written by Anna Ross