Makayla Wray wants to show people that style doesn't have to come from buying new clothes. Wray designs her own clothes from reused fabrics, like a jacket she made from her bathroom rug. She runs a mobile tailor shop on the streets of New York City, where she does quick mending and sews on buttons, helping people make their clothing last longer. She also sells some of her designs made with upcycled or recycled materials. Wray wants to normalize people saving their clothes for more than one season and encourage people to create demand for upcycled or recycled clothing. Reusing fabric is not common in fashion industry, where 70% of fiber produced each year ends up in landfills or is incinerated. Wray says customers can change the industry if they stop buying new clothes and instead shop second-hand.
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