Re-birthed fashion handbags as a collaborative design project

Yoon Kyung Lee, Marilyn DeLong

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The term ‘re-birth’ refers to the redesign of stock items originally released through the distribution route for sale to consumers but returned to headquarters as unsold stock. As a sustainable fashion practice, products are analysed and redeveloped by designers for resale as new products. During this 4-month project, a South Korean handbag company partnered with senior apparel design students in Seoul to execute a re-birth collaboration for fashion handbags. This study addresses some of the issues that arose in the process of interpretation and application of this re-birth exercise, including the relationship between the university and company, the roles of the student designer and company design team, characteristics of the product selected, and the communication required to implement the project. The concept of re-birth was introduced to the students, followed by a collaborative design exercise. Finally, 2 of the 50 re-birth designs were selected by company designers and altered for resale.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number15
JournalFashion and Textiles
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018

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  • Collaborative design
  • Re-birth design
  • Stock items
  • Sustainable fashion practice


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