Washed Clothing: Recycled Outdoors.

Located upstairs in our Belper store, Washed Clothing is a selection of pre-loved and vintage clothing from (predominately) outdoor brands. Our process involves handpicking the best pre-worn outdoor gear. We only pick high-quality items that will be able to be used for their intended purpose again, giving it a second life. We wash each item on an eco cycle and with non-bio detergent, then we air dry each item to give the best quality finish and making them ready to wear.

More than 300,000 tons of used clothing find their way to landfills every year in the UK alone. 5% of the UK’s total annual carbon and water footprint comes from clothing consumption. Buying pre-worn clothing from us, or anyone else, helps us reduce those figures. Not only are you helping combat global warming and recycling issues at large, but you are also getting a high-quality designer item for a fraction of the price.

We are always on the hunt for items from brands we know are quality made and therefore will stand the test of time. Brands like The North Face, Patagonia and LL Bean are made to be tough and we know this. Given the proper care and attention items from these brands, and many others, last a lifetime (maybe even two).

Many brands have been taken over or have been purchased by larger companies, this can occasionally result in the quality of clothing being produced suffering. If this is the case buying a vintage item from that brand is going to ensure quality that, unfortunately, cannot be bought anymore.

In future posts, I will be going into detail on certain brands we get in, their history, what makes them special, why we are on the lookout for them and why they’ve succeeded.


Charlie Price.