As a society, we so easily throw away clothing instead of considering how we might rejuvenate them. Hamilton-based The Thrifty Designer aims to reuse, recycle, repurpose, and repair quality used ladies and mens clothing — reviving finds by adding trim, lace, leather and fur, giving them new life.
With a career in the fashion industry spanning over 30 years, as a fashion designer and product developer, Leslie Smith-Aragona has developed a love for, well-fitting, well-constructed garments made from high quality fabrications. The THRIFTY DESIGNER seasonal collections feature original, upcycled and repurposed designs using an array of textiles to tell a story. As well, Leslie designs and makes many current fashion pieces for the store using previously loved items such as scarves, kilts, sweaters, ties and forgotten fabrics. The seasonal collection exclusively designed for the runway, showing Leslie’s creative talent, attention to detail and years of experience.