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Be Joyful – Wear Upcycled! The Northamptonshire woman fighting fast fashion

Written by on July 20, 2021

Olesya Lane’s upcycled fashion brand Slow Fashion Bus was started to promote joyful upcycled clothing by teaching how to mend and upcycle.

Olesya Lane wearing a piece of upcycled fashion
Olesya Lane wearing a piece of upcycled fashion

Olesya told NLive Radio upcycling is something she has been passionate about for over 30 years: “It all started when I had my first upcycling project around 30 years ago, it was my dad’s t-shirt and I transformed it into a top for myself. Little did I know that this will become my passion.”

The name Slow Fashon Bus came from Oleysa’s plans to travel the country teaching people to upcycle: “I wanted to travel around the uk and show people basic stiches, I would give sowing kits away something basic to start… and I would talk about the harm fast fashion has and upcling, mending and all these things. I imagined myself on a bus going arround the country and the word slow opposes fast fashion.”

As part of our Greener and Cleaner Northampton campaign, we spoke with Olesya to find out more about upcycled fashion.

Interview with Oleysa Lane from Slow Fashion Bus
Olesya Lane wearing different pieces of upcycled fashion

You can see more of Olesya Lane’s upcycled clothing on her website and you can see more from our Greener and Cleaner Northampton campaign at

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