Leave it to Helga Shepherd to turn scraps into decorative pillows
and wild plush toys
. The founder of the Los Angeles-based online shop, Revival Vintage Design, salvages drapes and dress material made of "fantastic fabric" from the 50s, 60s and 70s, then creates vibrant collections of accent pieces and huggable giraffes and elephants for children's rooms.
And in honor of Earth Day, Shepherd wants to share her new
collection with you, at an exclusive discount!
Originally an evening-wear designer, the Welsh-born seamstress developed a love for interior design while renovating her Victorian house. "The common thread for both areas of work was a passion for fabric and texture. I always had a love for vintage clothes and continually bought unwearable things just to preserve the design," she says. When she moved from London to L.A. four years ago, Shepherd decided to leave clothes-designing behind and combine love of vintage fabric with a growing desire to do her bit to help the planet. So she founded Revival.
The designer says she gets a thrill when people purchase eco-friendly plush animals for a baby shower or their children's birthdays, having understood "that you can give the kids something great that has not harmed the planet in its production." And when customers buy a set of pillows for their sofas, they often cannot believe that the fabric is recycled from 1950s drapes. "A lot of people have an idea that vintage and recycled means 'dusty' and 'drab,' and I love being able to change that view," Shepherd says.
On April 17, Shepherd will join dozens of eco-vendors to sell her goods at the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica during the Earth Day Celebration. So that you won't have to wait until this Saturday, Shepherd offers our readers an exclusive 10 percent discount
on all orders from now until April 30, 2010
! You can browse her work here
and order it through her Etsy shop
Please note, in order to get the discount, choose your desired items and contact Shepherd through her Etsy shop PRIOR to making your purchase. Mention special offer code RS2010 and she will discount your order.
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