At Studio Kampina we design, tailor and upcycle outdated vintage and secondhand attire to create contemporary clothing for women and men. Each garment has been hand selected with great consideration for quality, material and pattern. We create silhouettes with a modern fit and vintage feel. Each piece in the collection is either upcycled and completely one of a kind, unaltered vintage or made from scratch using consciously selected natural materials.
The goal is to elongate the life of quality retro clothing and design unique pieces that make the customer feel good. We are passionate about reducing textile waste so part of our practice includes collecting, repurposing and recycling all scrap materials generated. Each piece from Studio Kampina was made/altered in Elora, Ontario, Canada.
Each pre-loved garment is handpicked, chosen depending on colour, pattern, material and where/when it was made. If it’s a good quality piece we nab it and start to envision what it could become. After it’s purchased, the garment is washed and hung to dry. Generally the design process happens on the fly by pinning it into different shapes on the dummy. Finally it is taken apart and stitched back together with intention to reserve the original buttons and zippers.
This case-by-case approach is time consuming but it results in a garment that is one hundred percent unique.
Jacquelyn van Kampen has a Bachelor Degree in Industrial Design from Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands and a Diploma in Pattern Development and Garment Construction for Fashion Design from LaSalle College in Toronto. The former helped her to develop a strong understanding of the design process while the latter provided the technical skills to execute quality craftsmanship in the field of fashion. The studio name, Kampina is borrowed from a nature reserve in The Netherlands where Jacquelyn spent time exploring nature and reflecting on design.
In 2016, Jacquelyn had the opportunity to do a textile artist residency in The Yukon where her passion for upcycling really took off. She developed a collection where each piece was made from found, foraged and gifted textiles. Each piece was linked in some way to the unique environment and community where she was staying.
She currently works from her studio in Elora doing custom work for clients and upcycling vintage for resale. Feel free to reach out if you’re in the area and keep an eye on Studio Kampina’s social media for pop up shops and markets.