It started as a hobby for Yuttana Anothaisintawee, founder and designer of The ReMaker. Back in 2004, Yuttana was taking old clothes and re-purposing them. Upcycling, in other words, although the term hadn’t yet entered the vernacular. Around that time, he met a Japanese designer who fell in love with his work. So those old clothes were turned into à la mode outfits and exported to Japan.
But the honeymoon ended, and once his partner signed off and the Japanese company changed manufacturers, only Yuttana was left standing, devoted to the brand and pushed forward by passion alone. Then like a spark on dried leaves, an idea latched on and began to build in his mind. Bags. He would take old inner tubes and fashion them into bags, a product that could cross borders and gender gaps and appeal to a broader audience. Clothing and bags. The ReMaker was born.
“Unlike clothes, with bags you don’t have to worry about size,” he says.
Yuttana had wondered what happened to old tyres and inner tubes. He was fascinating by their durability and resistance to water. He also knew that by reusing them he would be sparing the environment another round of waste, so he came up with a new way to create treasure from trash. Motorcycle, bicycle, and truck tubes, as well as tarpaulin, became Yuttana’s main source materials.
Each product is unique, made from materials with different angles, colours, and lengths. Yuttana normally goes to Talad Rong Kluea (in Sa Kaew, on the border with Cambodia) or JJ Market to purchase used clothes and jeans, and he buys inner tubes from automobile repair shops around the city. Once the materials are procured, he cleans off the oil, rust, and muck and gets to work at his custom-built sewing machine, beefed up to stitch through rubber.
“Most designers plan their products first and then find the materials that suit their design. I choose the materials first and see what I can do with them. Then I work on the design,” says Yuttana.
Last year, The ReMaker won the Good Design and Demark Awards for its latest innovations, a series of wall tiles made from leftover clothes and jeans, a line called “Garmento Wall Tiles.”
The kinds of bags available include totes, shoulder bags, and messenger bags. The ReMaker also sells wallets, key chains, and bicycle accessories. Prices range from B100 to over B3500. For a closer look at the products and to find out where they’re available, visit theremaker.com.
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