Leftover was born out of the frustration with the unethically mass produced and disposable, combined with the desire to create original and unique pieces that are sustainable and stylish.
Inspired by imperfections and developed around existing details and seams, all our items are completely unique. They are designed and hand-finished to a high standard. We believe ethical design doesn’t have to be boring, so we like to create items that are fun, different and original. So you can create your own style…
Swedish born Bel Lagerdahl had a passion for craft from a very young age. She used to get into trouble for cutting up her clothes. But later on when her mum introduced her to the sewing machine, she started to put the pieces together.
In her university years she started to get commissions from around the campus. As she was studying philosophy, she enjoyed having this creative sideline.
In 2001 she ditched the thick and dusty library books and moved to Brighton to get hands-on!
Since then Leftover has developed into what it is today; a conscious and creative label offering style to those who care. Leftover works in collaboration with Magpie Recycling Cooperative where all the materials are sourced from.
99% of all the materials we use are recycled. The textiles are salvaged from Shabitat in Brighton. This is where we hand-pick fabrics that we think still got plenty of life.
The great thing about using secondhand textiles is that they have already been washed several times, so when something new is made from them, they won’t twist, misshape or shade. What you see is what you get!
So why use new textiles? There is so much good quality fabric in existence already.
Is where it starts and ends…
* Instead of buying garments that we only wear for one season, invest in some quality, timeless pieces.
* Update your look with accessories to create a statement.
* Don’t get rid of it just because it has a hole in it. Fix it, mend it, or even better, be creative and customise it!
* Bored of your old clothes? Find or organise a clothes swap/swish.
* The most polluting part of your garments’ life is the washing. Try to get more wear out of them between each wash. Do the sniff test!
* Wash your woollies and delicates by hand, they will last longer, and its energy saving.
* A 30° or 40° wash is all you need. Try using ecological washing products, dry naturally and iron only if you have to.
(this one can go on and on… you know it makes sense…)
* The textiles we use are already in existence, so we don’t put pressure on new resources.
* Made from locally sourced materials. The only bit of travel the item will do is from us to you!
* We use 100% renewable energy, and are carbon neutral.
* No sweatshop, no middleman, just fair wages directly to the maker.
* Recycling reduces the need for landfill space, meaning less methane and less global warming.
* You will look unique and stylish with a clear conscience.
* Creating a garment from recycled materials uses less than 3% of the energy that it does to make it from raw materials.
* Each year approximately 2m tons of textiles are purchased in the UK alone.
* Over 1m tons end up in landfill or incinerated, and only a quarter of it gets recycled.
* If everyone in the UK bought one reclaimed woolen garment each year instead of a new one, it would save an average of 371 million gallons of water (the average UK reservoir holds about 300 million gallons) and 480 tons of chemical dyestuffs. (Evergreen)
“Create your own style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.”