The Designer Turning Two Used T-Shirts Into High Fashion

Erin Beatty, of the upcycling brand Rentrayage, explains how she handcrafts her line from discarded fabrics.

This article is part of a series examining Responsible Fashion, and innovative efforts to address issues facing the fashion industry.

What makes the perfect thrifted T-shirt?

For the designer Erin Beatty, it’s often in the texture — not too stiff nor too soft, and worn enough for the color to be muted but not faded. If there is text or a logo, the more vaguely recognizable the better. She’s just going to chop it up anyway.

A navy shirt that read, “Wilmington Friends Quakers” was just right for Ms. Beatty’s needs on a recent thrifting trip to

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