Wednesday 13 November, 2019

Trash to treasure: designer fashions sandals from scrap materials

Debra Edwards is applying her fashion design skills to make sandals from scrap materials under the brand, DAE.  

Debra Edwards is applying her fashion design skills to make sandals from scrap materials under the brand, DAE.  

Former fashion journalist turn entrepreneur, Debra Edwards, is making a conscious effort to help eliminate waste and minimise the negative impact on the environment through her latest business venture.

Edwards is applying her fashion design skills to make sandals from scrap materials under the brand, DAE.  

“Each sandal is one-of-a-kind, made by hand and designed with devotion to tradition, the environment, by artisans who put their heart and soul into creating them,” said Edwards.

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She officially started the business in April of this year after returning home from the US, where she pursued studies in fashion designing at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and later worked in fashion merchandising.

Though her decision to return home was influenced by a need to spend time with her ailing father, who has since passed away, Edwards has been making good use of her time back home.

“I was at home one night and randomly began sketching sandal designs. And that’s where it all started,” she said.

Undoubtedly, Edwards can easily come up with endless designs, but what makes DAE stands out?

“For sure this is a brand with a lot of depth, it has a lot of meaning,” Edwards said.

 

 

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