These five pieces prove upcycling clothes with crystals is a brilliant idea.
Founded in 2017 by Beryl de Bouchère, Tilli is the Parisian start-up that’s leading the way in upcycled fashion. Providing an at-home tailoring service for private customers and fashion brands alike, the concept is simple: book an appointment online and one of 40 independent tailors and seamstresses, or ‘Tillistes’ will turn up at homes or studios to carry out alterations, repairs and upcycle designs. The aim? To give old or unwanted pieces a new lease of life and reduce environmental impact at the same time.
United with a mutual passion for conscious design, Swarovski supplied Tilli with upcycled crystals to create five looks – proving revamped clothes can shine just as bright as new ones. Each reimagined piece is handcrafted and features revived crystals and stones from former Swarovski collections. A collar, that was once connected to a sweater, is adorned with upcycled stones, while a vintage working jacket is customized across the back to create a constellation design, embroidered with crystals and pearls that symbolize stars.
Elsewhere, wardrobe essentials are elevated to brilliant effect: swapping buttons for crystals on a classic cardigan or embellishing a simple black tank top with a string of crystals along the back and shoulders. Swimwear also gets special treatment, as a navy swimsuit is embellished with crystal pearls – transforming it from beachwear to an elegant evening option.
The attention to detail is exquisite and reflects the level of care and dedication that both brands have for supporting sustainable and responsible fashion.