Wearable Art from up cycled knits and vintage textiles

New Jersey, United States · 1188 Sales


Wearable Art from up cycled knits and vintage textiles

New Jersey, United States 1188 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
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Announcement   Come in! We're open! You'll find one-of-a-kind SWEATER COATS and accessories from repurposed, natural, or vintage materials made only here in the US exclusively for you. Please visit my FB page for updates and new listings:

Last updated on Jul 19, 2016

Come in! We're open! You'll find one-of-a-kind SWEATER COATS and accessories from repurposed, natural, or vintage materials made only here in the US exclusively for you. Please visit my FB page for updates and new listings:


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5 out of 5 stars

likethecolor on Oct 14, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This coat is a stunning work of art. It is gorgeous and impeccably made. Barbara worked with me to adjust the coat to fit me, as I had fallen in love with this coat which was too small for me. It fits perfectly now. I will definitely be buying more coats from this shop!


maria05 on Oct 13, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Another beatiful tailored coat from Amber studios! It arrived wrapped in gorgeous cloud like material, with lavender satchel, elegant Thank you note and a vintage looking bow.To get Barbara's coat is a special experience-from first conversation to opening the box. Barbara's coats have a tendency to be longer and now I wear my heals more often. My armoir smels like French Riviera, lavender scares away moth from my cashmere and wool sweaters. Who new? Barbara did!

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I dress people's fantasies in all shades of GREEN!

To my customers, collectors, and followers: Thank you for your support, and I'm very grateful for all of your business and wonderful feedback.

Amber Studios' individualistic, upcycled, redesigned collection blends art and fashion with storytelling captured in the identity of each and every design. My Steampunk, Woodland, and Nomad collections are conceived from high-end collected materials which I blend to create new garments with new stories all of their own.

The true value of working with used textiles lies in the stories embedded in each material, the honoring of the past, and the history and heritage of every textile. Each one of my designs incorporates intricate surface detailing and texture.

My most frequently asked question is about SIZES. In every listing, I give detailed measurements in inches and centimeters. Please read these! Sizes vary between countries, companies, and even articles of clothing. The American government has been attempting to fix this problem via regulations since the 1940s... (The situation has gotten worse with vanity sizing, when bigger garments are tagged with smaller numbers, and size 00 was introduced to entice customers!)

How did I get into this adventure?

Disheartened by the idea of creating waste and environmental damage while producing fashion, I opened, where I sell sustainable clothing and accessories for customers who appreciate one-of-a-kind creations. I always try to respect the natural world by upcycling, reusing, and reclaiming materials. I strive for eco-couture in “reincarnated” fashion. While my coats and accessories are made primarily from upcycled and vintage textiles, I occasionally add great fabrics from New York's fabric store "MOOD" to keep my designs more cohesive. See more information and images of my work on my Facebook page:

If you have any questions about my work, just ask. I'm friendly, hard working and always available to talk with my customers!

I hope you enjoy my designs as much as I enjoy making them.

Thank you for supporting Eco Friendly fashion!

See my work featured at the Delaware Art Museum:

This following information is for Eco Fashion lovers. (For those of you who are interested in Eco Fashion, which you must be if you're still reading at this point!)

Glossary of Eco Fashion:

A product that is able to break down by biological means and then be reabsorbed into an ecosystem.

Carbon Footprint
The total amount of greenhouse gases that are emitted due to human activity, which are usually displayed in grams, kilograms or tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).

Custom-Made or Tailor-Made
Also called demi-couture or made to order. A classic example is a men’s suit which is made by a tailor who takes body measurements and produces a suit that uniquely fits each individual customer. The reason custom-made items can be considered eco-friendly is because the customer gets exactly what they want, making them more likely to love and use the product for a longer length of time.

Excess fabric from the cutting and sewing phase of garment manufacturing. It is often considered waste and is discarded due to its uneven and small formats. Issue: cut-offs generally constitute 25% of the fabric in the cutting and sewing phase. This can be recycled back into fiber production or used as-is for materials for other products.

Fast Fashion
Refers to clothing that has been produced fast and cheap by high street retailers to replicate catwalk trends. Issue: at the end of the 90s, fashion started speeding up as brands looked for new ways in which to increase their profits. With new garments in store on a weekly (or even daily) basis, fast fashion has disrupted the fashion cycle and created a throw-away attitude to clothing.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
The so-called 3R’s that classify waste management according to their order of importance.

The process of making new clothes from previously worn garments or preformed products.

When a waste material or product has been reused and turned into a new usable material or product.

A lasting system or process that meets the current needs as well as preserving for the future.

Sustainable Fashion
Clothing that is produced with respect to the environment and social impacts of its lifespan.

Improving upon something that is intended for the same function. For example, painting old furniture or adding something fun and funky to an existing lamp. The object remains what it was before, with the same function, but now it's better!

Shop members
  • Barbara

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Hi! I'm Barbara, the designer behind Amber studios designs. What started as a part time venture has turned into a full time business.

Shop policies

Last updated on August 10, 2016
Wecome to Amber Studios! Please, read the policies and
if you have any questions, feel free to contact me via
Etsy conversations.

Accepted payment methods

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I accept PayPal, credit cards, checks, money orders as a paying method.
All packages are mailed via the U.S. Postal Service within one or two business days of receiving the payment. I will notify you when your order is shipped.
Shipping insurance is not included in the price of shipping, so if you would like it added, please let me know.
Conservation and being eco-friendly are kept in mind with my creating and packaging. My items are wrapped and shipped in reused/recycled packaging to be environmentally friendly.
Thanks for shopping at Amber studios!
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are not happy with your purchase, you can return
it to me within 5 business days.
You will shoulder the cost of shipping
the item back to me. As soon as I received the item
in sellable condition I will reimburse the money to you.
Additional policies and FAQs
How to buy?

Special request or you have a question for me? Click the small blue "Contact" link under my name on the right.

Custom Orders - a 20% non-refundable deposit is required in advance for me to begin work on a custom order. The remaining 80% is due upon completion of the order, and once the order is paid-in-full, I will ship your item as agreed.

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