SecretLentil

upcycled reconstructed deconstructed eclectic clothing

Syracuse, New York · 1057 Sales

SecretLentil

upcycled reconstructed deconstructed eclectic clothing

Syracuse, New York 1057 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars
(778)

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Helen

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Announcement   Oh my goodness. I started selling upcycled clothes here in 2006, when the internet was still broadcast in black and white. Here's what I have right now. Also: some years back I ventured off to my own site, where I offer my handmade eclectic, one-of-a-kind, linen and wool and cotton and silk clothes. I'm all about the sweet spot where comfort and weirdness co-mingle joyfully. - helen

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Last updated on Jan 1, 2017

Oh my goodness. I started selling upcycled clothes here in 2006, when the internet was still broadcast in black and white. Here's what I have right now. Also: some years back I ventured off to my own site, where I offer my handmade eclectic, one-of-a-kind, linen and wool and cotton and silk clothes. I'm all about the sweet spot where comfort and weirdness co-mingle joyfully. - helen

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(778)
llongserre

llongserre on Feb 18, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I've been eyeing this piece for a while now. It arrived this week and is perfect! Used it as a topper for a dress of yours I already owned. So many compliments! Thank you as always Helen. Your clothes make me happy!

llongserre

llongserre on Feb 18, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

What can I say? Adorable! Looks even better on than in photos. Love it!

Susan Gordesky

Susan Gordesky on Feb 6, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely perfect! I am so happy I wandered into your Etsy shop. I'll be back for more.

Susan Gordesky

Susan Gordesky on Feb 6, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

What can I say... I love the skirt. The quality and styling are beautiful. And, as an added bonus, it looks great with the shirt I also bought at the same time. Many Thanks!

Thury

Thury on Feb 5, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I love this shirt. It is well made and makes a beautiful and elegant addition to my wardrobe.

Thury

Thury on Feb 5, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I have received so many complements on this jacket! It is beautiful and well made.

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SALE on everything in my Etsy shop. Use code THIRTY and get 30 percent off your order. YAY!
Many new upcycled pieces have been added to my shop. And later this week I'll have a cluster of sweaters up. Yay!

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What's she BUILDING in there? 20+ new listings, with a whole bunch more on the way.

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winterberry: red curvy asymmetric upcycled dress
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About

I'm an artist, not a fashion designer. I sculpt clothes ...

Hi, I'm Helen Carter. I'm a friendly freak - a minimalist with a strong absurdist streak who likes to make clothes that explore, blend, cross and possibly desecrate all the lines within those realms. I'm an artist, not a fashion designer. I sculpt clothes.

About the work: I like dour things with hidden punchlines. I like outrageously funny things with dark underbellies. I like turning one idea into one dress in one fell swoop, on a good day. I dream that my work could somehow emerge from - and exist outside of - the blip in time where we are stuck together. I love that idea even though I'm not sure exactly what it means. I also enjoy making jokes that no one gets. But mostly: I'm committed to the paradox of making meaningful clothing.

About the process: I sew intuitively, blending materials and techniques to suit my needs. I like deconstructing. I like exposing the process. I like to combine the sturdy with the raw. I embrace wabi sabi, even if that becomes a trendy thing to say. Right now I'm working in small themed batches of maybe a dozen or so pieces, made one at a time in my studio, then transformed by hand-dyeing down in my cool basement.

About you: I'm interested in pairing eccentricity with comfort for you. I'm interested in dressing women of all shapes and ages. I'm drawn to those of you who have strangers whisper "I wish I could get away with that" into your ear. I want you to get away with it. I want to propel you along on your path by helping you look the way you feel. I'm interested in sincere wildness and joining others who are exploring a deep, abiding wild authenticity.

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  • helen

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I make these things.

  • mike

    Photographer, Packer And Shipper, Shelf Putter-upper, Ledge Talker-downer

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