Reasons to Recycle



You know that comfy, old T-shirt full of nostalgia from your favorite band’s tour way back when? You may still even throw it on to knock around at home since it doesn’t seem befitting enough to adorn in public, right? Well, Philosophy & Vines has redefined what it means to repurpose sentimental threads so that you have an excuse to chariot it to brunch or out to the bar. All shirts are individually unearthed and hand-picked– some are old, some new, but always reinvented. Boutique owner, Betty Graulich explains, “We pick jackets and button-downs that have details, comfort and fabric quality, not driven by a certain brand.” From there, a hunt ensues for vintage tees from local consignment shops and thrift stores of albums/concert tours, quirky prints and cool logos/graphics. Betty goes on to describe, “Once the shirts and patches have been picked, we then start the process of dying, bleaching, staining and thorough washing. Lastly, the patches or details are cut out from the original shirt and sewed on to the shire.”

In order to bust out these specially unique shirts, Philosophy & Vines collaborates with two other designers– one locally and one in Chicago. They are beginning to work with other artists for additional input and talent as well. Having each piece chosen and touched by multiple artists with different backgrounds makes your reconstructed top truly one-of-a-kind. It’s impossible to replicate anything these designers have created, as no two shirts are alike, which means you can count on being the only one in your outfit at the next party. None of that ‘Who wore it better?’ nonsense.

606 S Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, Florida

Philosophy & Vines

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