You’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating: the clothing industry is obscenely wasteful. As avid environmentalists ourselves, we knew from the outset that if we were going to build a brand, we had to be different from—and better than—our competitors; to build gear that would last For The Long Haul, to source high-quality, Responsible materials, and to be exacting in our practices and choosy about our partnerships. It’s no exaggeration to say that protecting the planet and its people factors into every single decision we make, and we’re incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished thus far. That said, no matter how vigilant we are, things don’t always go according to plan. Thankfully, we’ve gotten pretty good at improvising over the years.

To make a long story short, we recently ended up with extra units of some of our core silhouettes: The Jack in Everyday Oxford and The Chino. Other brands wouldn’t think twice about disposing of excess inventory to make room for next season—sending it to the incinerator or, worse still, the landfill—but that’s not our style. Rather than simply chalking it up to bad luck and moving on, we knew we had to do right by these pieces, so we reached out to our buddy Maurizio Donadi.

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A middle-aged man in a blue jacket stands in a white room, surrounded by hanging camouflage-print trousers, jackets, and a camouflage-print bicycle.

Maurizio, who spent decades bouncing around the industry’s upper echelons (including stints at Armani, Ralph Lauren, and Levi’s), knows a thing or two about on-the-fly thinking and creative solutions to complicated problems. He’s been in this game longer than most, and thanks to his encyclopedic knowledge of fashion’s history—and a keenly developed intuition for trends—he’s earned a reputation as a visionary tastemaker. After years of lending his talents to other brands, and with his bonafides firmly established, Maurizio relocated to Los Angeles and set up his own operation: Atelier & Repairs. His philosophy is simple:

Waste Less, Reimagine more.
A small black sign with white text reading Atelier and Repairs sits near a potted plant and a metal basket full of fabric on a wooden table.A pair of hands grasp a swatch of textured blue fabric.

Atelier & Repairs bears little resemblance to most boutique fashion houses; rather than manufacturing new products, they salvage and repurpose deadstock, damaged, and otherwise discarded garments and materials. A quick tour of their shop (or their site) reveals a carefully curated collection and a completely unique aesthetic: camouflage cargo pants emblazoned with bright patches of color, meticulously deconstructed military jackets, crisp shirting with contrast accents fashioned from antique maritime fabrics, and much, much more. The A&R team’s boldly imaginative vision—and dedication to quality components and construction—has not gone unnoticed, and their work adorns the showrooms of big-name luxury retailers like Bergdorf Goodman as well as ultra hip underground shops all around the globe.

Of course, the undeniable cool factor is only one part of the equation. At the heart of Atelier & Repairs is the desire to confront the fashion industry’s waste by encouraging consumers to rethink the lifespan of their clothing—a goal that the team here at Taylor Stitch shares. That’s why, when faced with the problem of excess inventory, we knew Maurizio was the man for the job. Thankfully, he was happy to bring his perspective—and sewing chops—to the table, and the resulting collection casts some of our most beloved silhouettes in a completely new light.

A pair of khaki chinos with patchwork reinforcements around the knees is roughly folded near several swatches of neutral-colored fabric.
The Atelier & Repairs Chinoin British KhakiShop Now

The Jack and The Chino remain as timeless and wearable as ever, but under Maurizio’s guidance they’ve been transformed from everyday essentials into look-defining centerpieces: both styles have been embellished with awesome archival fabrics and have undergone a softening wash to achieve the look and feel of the very best vintage finds. We wanted to be completely transparent about the story behind this collaboration, but we’re so happy with how everything came out that we’d do it again—excess units or not—in a heartbeat. Sure beats the landfill, eh?

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