What I discovered is that people throw away the most magnificent things.
—Corey Jill Lakusiak
A local fashionista who lost her shirt in a costly separation found herself shopping in thrift stores for the first time. Corey Jill Lakusiak then created a business reworking those clothes for other people called Shri of Life Clothing.
At first, Lakusiak cringed at the thought of rummaging through other people's throwaways. "What I discovered is that people throw away the most magnificent things," she says. "There are great treasures to be found."
Marcy Markusa sports a cowl Lausiak created from an old sweater (CBC)
Lakusiak started recreating clothing for herself because she is tall and has trouble finding things that fit. The first item she bought was an old sweater that she turned into leg warmers. Lakusiak teaches yoga, and soon her students started asking where they could buy her unique creations. Before long, her business was born. Now she creates everything from cut T-shirts to dresses to cowls. She uses as much of the original fabric as possible and even turns scraps into jewelry.
"I love going into the thrift stores now," Lakusiak admits. "So any opportunity I have to go, I do."Marcy Markusa
of Information Radio gave five pieces of clothing to Lakusiak to upcycle. The before and after shots are posted on their facebook page