Stella McCartney and Ellen MacArthur on Circular Fashion Sustainability

“Every second, a garbage truck full of textile waste is burned or sent to landfill.” “$100 Billion of US material is not recycled every year.”

Ellen MacArthur & Stella McCartney discuss the circular fashion report “A new textiles economy” released earlier this year by the Circular Fibers Initiative of Ellen MacArthur Foundation. It is a call to arms for the fashion industry to change its business model. The report demands innovation in textile recycling. It demands better, longer lasting materials that don’t pollute the environment and suggests keeping clothes for longer periods of time. It recommends models for sharing clothes such as renting and swapping. It also gives statistics for the path we are on and where we’ll be in the future if we don’t make changes.

This report is so important for our environment and requires consumers, business owners, and policy makers to be on board. It is imperative that this conversation be moved into action on a worldwide scale.

Read the report.

Here is a TED talk given by Ellen MacArthur talking about her inspiration for starting her foundation.

Shannon South bags fall into the category of circular fashion because they use pre-consumer waste from the leather industry. Remade USA bags are also circular because they use post-consumer waste.

Studio News: Brooklyn Holiday Markets

I’ll be selling bags at three different Brooklyn holiday markets this year. I hope to see you at one of them. I’ll have the Montauk Tote, the Rayen Hobo, Bucket Bags, and Pouches of all colors and sizes for sale. Here I am getting ready, making bags…  in my studio



holiday market flyers


Dec 1st, 5-8pm & 2nd, 12-7pm
ILD inc. / Shannon South Studio Holiday Market
200 6th Street, #3D, Gowanus, Brooklyn
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Dec 3rd, 12-7pm
SOLStreet Holiday Pop-Up Market at Industria
33 Grand Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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Dec 9th, 10-5pm
PS 321 Holiday Shop: Stuff You Should Buy
180 7th Ave, Park Slope, Brooklyn
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Drop Cloth Beach Tote

I split my time working both in my studio and at home, always carrying a lot of stuff back an forth – in several bags. What I really needed was a giant bag to transport everything, so I came up with this tote. Inspired by a painter I saw on the street whose jeans were covered with smears and drippings, I decided to experiment. This is the result and it turned out to be the perfect beach bag and farmers market tote. I use this bag all the time.

This canvas bag has one interior pocket and sturdy leather straps attached with super strong copper rivets.

Jacket to Bag Transformation Service

I just wanted to post a note that yes, I am still making custom leather bags from used leather jackets! I’ve been pretty busy lately working on custom orders and have not been able to get to all of my emails. Please be patient if that is you – I will get back to you very soon!

Remade USA is my leather jacket to bag transformation service. These bags are handmade by me, and made to order using the jackets that my customers send me. These leather jackets usually have special meaning to them and I create beautiful, new and useful bags from them.

These bags make beautiful gifts and keepsakes that that will be cherished. (I was super busy during the holidays!) They are awesome gifts with meaning for the person who appreciates more thoughtful things that they will want to hold on to.

If you are interested in this service, please send me a note, along with a photo of your jacket to and I will give you more info – such as prices and timing.

Holiday Sale at TAC

I’ll be selling bags at the Textile Art Center’s Holiday Market. Please stop by!

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