ABOUT ME

My name is Marta Horovitz, born in 1989 in Krakow,  Poland - here I've been running my fur upcycling project.
I started recycling fur in September 2013. I´m not only a designer, but also a furrier. I cut and sew fur, shearling and leather as well as I construct the patterns of fur products by myself.
All the garments are complete work - from idea to the final handfinished product - made by me. I´m more interested in fur couture and craftsmanship rather than massive production of fast fashion, running a clothing brand or so.

EDUCATION / PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
In October 2013 I graduated with masters degree in International Business from University of Economics in Krakow (just after coming back from my exchange programme that I attended in 2012 at Oslo University College HIOA - now called Oslo MET).
Between 2013 and 2015 I did internships in dressmaker and furrier studios. 
During summer 2015 I made also garment construction course at Krakow Art and Fashion School (KSA), and the following year (winter 2016) I was studying one semester pattern making and garment construction in the same school.

In the beginning of 2015 I bought fur machine from the gentleman who used to be a furrier in 90s, then he switched the career into a chimney sweep and with a bit of a sentiment he sold the machine to me "because he saw a passion for fur design".

In August 2017 I took part in Fur Summer School 2017 in Kastoria, Greece. I've been  officially supported by Polish Fur Federation and I have been the first representative from Poland in Fur Summer School organized by International Fur Federation.
In September 2017 I was chosen on a national level as a representative in a REMIX Fur design competition organized by IFF and supported by Vogue Italy. The final REMIX runway show was in February 2018 in Milan. I designed and sewn myself 3 competition pieces, but unfortuntely I did not get in the final 10 awarded designers.
In July 2019 I got official acceptance from Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and in October I am starting my full time bachelor studies in Interior Design.

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  https://www.instagram.com/marta_horovitz/
ABOUT THE CONCEPT AND RECYCLED FUR

All of the products I personally design and handmade. I purchase vintage fur coats, then deconstruct them,  often patchwork them in a way to create a flat fabric that would be possibly cut into the lines and pattern elements, cut, sew and hand-finish new piece. I make FW collections as well as bespoke designs.
I created this project because of my eco-friendly and pro recycling approach towards fashion and many other aspects in life. Responsibly sourced fur and vintage fur is I believe the most eco-friendly fabric in the planet, sustainable, long lasting, but quickly biodegradable (especially comparing to faux fur and all plastic/petroleum based fabrics).
I believe upcycling is a good and ethical way of handling the current fashion issues and it can also make some people over-think their decisions towards new but low quality and often cruel fur production, but also very low quality fake fur coats that are basically a trash polluting the earth.
Fur and shearling recycling is not only sustainable, eco-friendly and innovative but also reduces waste in fashion industry! These fabrics while well treated seriously can survive many manyyy decades! The ones I repurpose, guessing from their designs, are usually from late 80s and 90s.
Everything here is recycled. Everything is handmade by me. Everything is in one piece & very unique. There is only one chance to buy it. Usually I don't duplicate the designs, but I make also bespoke garments. I mainly buy furs in second hands or from individuals that no longer use their furcoats.
To see my aesthethics, design approach and clothes I made so far please see other pages.
Since 2013 I believe I have sewn more than 200 outerwear pieces so it might take some time to see them all :)
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