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Workshop & book: Mending Queen Kate Sekules

Keeping clothes in circulation longer is one of the most important approaches in sustainable fashion. Kate Sekules agrees. The mending master from Brooklyn has therefore written a book about "fashionable repairs". Visible mending elevated to an art form as a fashion statement and political act at the same time.

Join the workshop on 10. April 10 at 4 pm (European time):

Meeting-ID: 572 131 7171
Kenncode: 539013


Workshop: Dr Mend's Workshop: Dr Mend's


Saturday, April 10th at 4 p.m.

Make an appointment at Dr. Mend’s surgery for your sick or injured garment. Get a personal consultation and a prescription for your rip, hole, stain, or damage. See other cases and treatments and medication in progress live! We will end with a live tutorial on Dr Kate’s signature Patchiko mend. Materials: a hole, a patch large enough to generously cover it, needle and thread: embroidery floss is ideal. 

Language: english. Duration: 90 min.


“Mending is the next radical and easily accessible movement in sustainable fashion” I read recently. The subject seems to be everywhere right now. Probably because it doesn’t take anything more than a needle, thread and a little patience. But that is only partially true. It’s about keeping clothes in circulation longer, caring for them, repairing them, mending them, embroidering them and much more. Kate Sekules has written a book about this: “Mend! A Refashioning Manual and Manifesto “. The Brooklyn-based Brit is one of the most powerful voices in the growing mending community. She is an advocate of “visible mending”, which means that instead of keeping repairs as invisible as possible, mending should be as visible as possible. As a fashion statement and a political act at the same time.

We need fashion to make us feel good Kate Sekules

What makes the book so exciting? It offers a well-founded historical overview – because patches and repairs have been around for as long as textiles have existed. Kate takes us (even the inexperienced) by the hand and guides us through the various techniques and diverse possibilities of mending. “Seed stitch? Split stitch? Herringbone? Eyelet? Cross stitch? Sashiko? Patchiko? No problem after reading the book. It’s unbelievable what great things you can do. I’m just about to try it out myself. The many pictures and illustrations really make you want to be creative.


MEND! Leads the slow fashion revolution into its next phase.

Likewise in the book: everything it takes to get started, including everything that is not needed. Charts about the different materials and how easy or difficult they are to mend, tips for caring for our clothes and ways to organize our closet (no, not like Marie Kondo), information about the fashion industry, especially Kate’s point of view on fast fashion. Not difficult to guess: Kate is a radical opponent of fast fashion. She describes her own style as: “Eclectic, playful, avant garde, multi-era, trending 1970s. I wear only vintage (and things that went vintage in my closet) and love and collect certain designers – CDG, Junya, Margiela, Dries, Zero Maria Cornejo, Bill Gibbs, and original Biba. ”

Kate’s creed: “There are no rules. There is no right way. And there is no wrong way.” So let’s start!

“Mend! A Refashioning Manual and Manifesto ”by Kate Sekules is published by Penguin. Order here >>>

Good to know: Kate Sekules will speak about mending live from New York on April 9th, 2021 as part of the GREENSTYLE +++ (Responsible) Fashion Summit +++.

Register now: On April 10, 21, Kate will hold a 90-minute mending workshop for GREENSTYLE followers (see above)