The Upcycling lifestyle label-‘Swati Soharia Studio’ is a natural outcome of my love for fashion and passion for sustainable living. I train and employ women from marginalized communities to up-cycle waste fabric into wearable art for clothing and accessories and textile art for interiors.
A 2011 graduate from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), New Delhi, I specialize in knitwear design. My staunch belief in frugal design and innovation led me to experiment early on with various materials and forms. After being exposed to the wasteful nature and exploitative practices of modern garment retail and visual merchandising, I worked towards raising awareness about the dangers of fast fashion and promote more responsible consumer behavior in fashion retail.
I took a ‘one year pledge of not buying new clothes’, and upcycled my old clothes to make new, trendy and wearable garments. This idea evolved into the launch of my label in 2017
To promote responsible design practices, I continue to take guest lectures at top tier fashion institutions. I collaborate with businesses and civil society to promote conscious consumerism.