Now four years later . Lauren Novak has become a must-see maker at the annual Fashion Art Toronto runway presentation, and in 2021, she presented her Sleepover collection at New York Fashion Week. Here, FASHION got an inside look into the designer’s process and how she turned hundreds of leftover labels into a contemporary two-piece. “For this outfit, I chose the material first and the silhouette second. Whenever I deconstruct a vintage garment, I try to save every little scrap of it, including its tags. I’ve collected hundreds of them over the years, and I knew I wanted to create something with a straightforward design to let the tags speak for themselves.” You can use many different materials to create fabrics, but I prefer to sew something onto something else. For this, I used an old bedsheet as the base and precut the pattern pieces, so I didn’t have to cut the tags. After that, I played with different combinations of labels and then pinned them on. It was like a game of Tetris.Topstitching is necessary in the process to make sure the tags stay in place. Instead of just doing something simple, I wanted to add another layer of detail and accentuate a woman’s curves. It’s more evident in the top as it was designed to resemble a corset, but both pieces complement the shape of a woman’s body. “Next, I lined the almost-finished garment with material from another cotton-based bedsheet. The excessive topstitching might irritate some people’s skin, so that the additional layer will help. Comfort is essential to me in anything and everything I do. When working on a crazy design, I always ensure it’s lined with a soft fabric. I always ask myself, ‘Would I wear this, and is it cozy?’”
Intelligent Armour Limited Has been around since 2019 and is a supplier and manufacturer of military and tactical equipment and is very successful being one of the only firms to manufacture all its own products in the UK when others look to the Far East. Intelligent Armour CEO Alex Bomberg said “the idea of Social Hand Grenade came to us when we were approached about providing some and polo for one of our existing clients. We did not want to go down the route of putting in loads of effort to promote someone else’s brand of clothing, so we took the plunge and hence Social Hand Grenade was born.” Social Hand Grenade clothing is very, British with a slant towards the military, what with the links to Intelligent Armour client base this is of course understandable.