Why Wear Upcycled Couture Fashion?

Here I’m wearing Royal Peasantry‘s Athena dress in black. Cato Pinkney Photograpy Clothing: Royal Peasantry

When it comes to creating personal style, what’s more exciting than pulling from upcycled options? In this blog i will tell you why i wear upcycled clothing and also a cool place to purchase it. Upcycled couture fashion is a great way to add unique pieces to your wardrobe that will make your outfits stand out from the rest!

The definition for Upcycled: (of discarded objects or material) reused in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original. The definition for Couture: the design and manufacture of fashionable clothes to a client’s specific requirements and measurements. Upcycled couture fashion means your getting a one of a kind item.

When you were a kid, did you ever individualize your old jeans by cutting them up and adding a design? Did you ever sew a piece of jewelry or other material onto an old jacket to yield something that couldn’t be found anywhere else? Our generation did stuff like this when we were in junior/high school. Royal Peasantry takes this idea to a level of expertise, precision, and magical creation.

1) Decrease wastefulness

Taking something old and making it new again decreases waste in the world and provides an outlet for creative expression.

It was love at first sight of Royal Peasantry. Everything is hand crafted and most can be adjusted to fit the individual.

RP is transforming and dying unused leather. They can cut up old garments, sew them together with other materials that would be otherwise forgotten to create wonderful, wearable pieces of art(this is what makes RP fashion upcycled)! Think of how cool that is versus mass production factory made clothing items!

Would you consider wearing something a little less conventional to give yourself a new look? Apache and I prefer clothing items that look like art so we can keep reinventing our style for many years to come!

We found a plethora of these creative designs for Men and Women in Royal Peasantry. If you want to try something new, you can definitely reinvent your look with upcycled couture fashion here!

Stick with me now, you won’t be disappointed ….

Can you say FIRE! RP upcycled leather jacket! I was completely blown away with the creativity of this jacket.

Apache and I strolled down Lexington ave in Downtown Asheville. We glanced to the right and our eyes immediately transfixed on the enchanting garments displayed inside the RP window display. Eyes wide open in the world of Royal Peasantry we found so many well crafted items.

Each garment made with sharp, artful impression and stand out quality.  Apache and I were like two kids in a candy store! You can’t find this stuff in a mall.

Mens RP Leather Vest- Stylin!

This boutique is as visually intriguing as an art gallery. The tribal smell of leather kept us entranced. There were so many tactile delights, some of which were wispy feathers paired against flapping fringe in juxtaposition with cool, hard iron and other interesting textures.

Amanda Swafford, RP House Stylist approached and immediately welcomed us. She shared about the incredible foundation on which RP has grown.

Daniella Miller, founder, owner and Lead Designer opens her doors to the public to share her and her team’s collections that decrease wastefulness. RP aims to give the wearer a sense of pride in the unique creations donned. 

Amanda selected items for us to showcase in our content. Ultimately this encounter lead us to our next adventure at RP Charlotte!

Honestly, i felt so divine in these outfits!

RP also has clothing items for rental!

We met Patti Byrd, Leather Worker and then Manager of RP Charlotte. Patti showed us many of the stunning neck adornments and bags that she created using scrap leather pieces. She talked about the peace she receives and love given during their development. 

Get something cool and dress it up or down! At RP you can find an outfit to make an unforgettable fashion statement. Or just pair an accessory with jeans/leggings for the casual but highly fashionable look- Super versatile. 

2) Find one of a kind fashion

Omg! Patti helped me try on one of their Upcycled Couture Wedding Dresses!  If I were going to purchase a wedding dress this would be it!  This doesn’t look like any ole typical wedding dress. This upcycled couture wedding dress is edgy, vintage, and magical looking! I think i could live in this get up!

But check out my crown thoooo!

Here is one of Royal Peasantry’s stunning upcycled wedding dresses.

The Athena dress is made from bamboo. This bamboo dress is super durable, super soft and stretchy. You can wear it long or pull it up to wear as an over the knee dress. The Athena dress looks really great with belts or bustles in which they carry a myriad of lovely options. Another really dope feature about the Athena is that there are about 5 different ways you can wear it!

Some other really great facts about bamboo fabric is that it’s hypoallergenic. Bamboo fabric is thermo-regulating which means it keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter! I also learned it is eco- friendly and wicks moisture away from the skin if you sweat in it. Last but not least, bamboo clothing is UV protective and biodegradable!

RP aims to decrease wastefulness and overproduction while creating one of a kind pieces.  I own a leather purse that I wore until it began to fall apart because I loved it so much. Now I’m excited I can turn that bag over to RP to redesign it and bring it back to life.

Any other Pink Floyd fans out there? Check out the dopeness for men!

Here is the front of that Pink Floyd sweater. It even has a satin lining on the inside which you can see on the cuff of the sweater. It’s the little details that really excite me!


Apache and I both prefer quality over quantity. Most times this costs a little more but it’s a gift to myself that will keep giving.  We found unique, timeless upcycled couture garments and accessories at RP.

One of my fashion weaknesses is fringe and leather! Over a couple of months I purchased a pair of red fringe leather earrings, and gorgeous leather neck adornment. I couldn’t resist the brown and black leather fringe belt as well.

I will probably end up passing these items down to my daughter and maybe even my granddaughter one day.

Loving this RP royal blue velvet blazer on our friend Ben!

RP blue velvet blazer

Yes, guys can get up on this hotness too! RP carry accessory items for men as well.

Casually rocking my new RP leather Neck Adornment!

RP has a boutique in Asheville and also in Charlotte. You can also find their fashion on Etsy or their website.  If you need a little guidance working with these styles, contact them for RP stylist assistance. 

Make sure to check out their cool website for a full list of how they may service you.  RP plays on my desire for imagination and a free spirited way of life.  Thank you Daniella Miller for allowing us to work/play in your beautiful designs and share your mission with our viewers!  

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“You can’t use up CREATIVITY. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou

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