Meet Australia’s fashion fixers: ‘There’s no apprenticeship, it’s more Bruce Lee style’

Meet Australia’s fashion fixers: ‘There’s no apprenticeship, it’s more Bruce Lee style’

The Guardian

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As people become more conscious of reducing waste, Australia’s professional menders are welcoming a new wave of customers

“It’s like a puzzle,” Yusra Adin says, smiling from behind her sewing machine at Second Stitch, a community textiles initiative in Melbourne’s north. The former civil engineer from Iraq chuckles, recalling the tattered remains of a favourite T-shirt, brought in for repairs after its owner tore it off in shreds during a surprise arachnid encounter. “It was in pieces, but we solved it.”

Adin is a newly trained textile worker putting her proclivity for problem solving to use at just one of many thriving businesses catering to an increasing number of us keen to repair, refurbish or resell our fashion rather than let it go to landfill.

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