Rebecca Soares, Conestoga College Print Journalism Student | May 22, 2018
Idea Exchange’s Old Post Office (OPO) location will be opening this summer, giving the community a chance to see history preserved while also enjoying new and exciting things.
The OPO will feature a variety of new programs, events and new technology. An exciting addition to our new location are sewing machines! This equipment will give you the chance to create something new. Whether you want to make a blanket or try your hand at the fashion world, the possibilities are endless. You could even try upcycling clothing, make something new and remarkable from what was old. That’s what local designer Bella Viglianti does.
Bella has been designing clothes for two years, ever since a Grade 12 fashion show where she was able to showcase her designs.
“During the fashion show, people seemed to really like the designs I made and from there it kind of picked up into becoming something. Originally I was looking into going to school for fashion and work on my portfolio in the meantime. As I was working on my portfolio, my designs gained more attention to the point where I was able to branch out and have my own storefront,” said Bella.
Bella’s storefront, Foxglove Studios, is located on 20 Grand Avenue South in Cambridge. She’s also the designer behind BVD (Bella Viglianti Designs), a sustainable clothing brand. She focuses on making clothes and other textiles we own last longer by repurposing them into new, contemporary fashions. Her goal as a designer is to create beautiful pieces that women want to wear and to teach her customers about the importance of fashion from an environmental standpoint.
Fashion can have quite a negative impact on the environment, which is why Bella upcycles clothes and uses every bit of material. At Bella’s store, customers can find a wall of facts about the environmental impact of the fashion industry.
Bella will be involved in the Meet A Maker Summer Series at the Old Post Office this summer. Everyone is welcome to join her on July 26, 2018 from 6:30 – 7:30pm to see her work.