Check out the conversation we had with our partner, Vica Escobar, and get inspired by the challenge of the functional wardrobe
A little bit of fashion history and capsule cabinet history:
The capsule cupboard concept is not new. The term appeared in the 70s with the name “ Capsule Wardrobe ”, a translation of the same term in English, by the stylist and owner of a boutique in London, called Susie Faux. It was she who ended up using the term for purchases of essential clothing items . That is, they would have a prolonged utility, regardless of the time of year.
Later, in 1985, the term was also used by stylist (and already known) Donna Karan, with the creation of the first capsule collection, entitled ” Seven Easy Pieces “, which were pieces that matched each other. Thereafter, the term became more popular.
It cuts, with the changes in people’s behaviors, in addition to environmental, social and humanitarian concerns, the lifestyle focused on the use of capsule cupboards has gained strength. In addition to the reduced number of pieces, the thought that stimulates the functional wardrobe comes to emphasize the choice of items that are practical, versatile and that allow possibilities of use in an efficient way.
The ideal match between capsule cabinet and conscious consumption
As you know, here at Repassa , we believe that the incentive to circular fashion is continuous. And our stakeholders, as we affectionately call our digital influencers, are also committed to conveying this message khaadi online.
So we talked to Vitória Escobar, known as Vica Escobar on Instagram . Here, she tells us all about how she created the so-called “ViCápsula”, in pun on her own name, and the connection she made with clothing items with her own personality and lifestyle.
Confir the stretch s d interview below:
Vica : The idea was born from the attempt to reconnect with my wardrobe, in a way that all the clothes would talk to me and express what I really want to convey. It was a way I found to respect my style, but also to respect the clothes that I wear daily and the clothes that I bought and that no longer make sense to be with me.
Re: What were your internal and external discoveries during the capsule cabinet assembly process?
Vi: The process was mixed with my personal discovery of style and what I want to express to the world. It was self-knowledge!
I believe that the clothes were made to be used and we can use them in many different ways. It has to last, it has to be worth the amount that has been paid. It has to come from something that was not slave labor. It has a lot to do with your ideals and what you want for your life. It goes far beyond the number of pieces.
Re: How are your clothes nowadays and how did you choose the ideal pieces to keep in the wardrobe?
Vi: I think a lot about functional pieces, which adapt to different events, from work to the bar. But I have a strategy: in my wardrobe, I can see my pieces and all the hangers are facing the same side. When I use it, I change the hanger aside.
It arrives at the end of the month, the pieces that I have not changed sides, I analyze: is it because I didn’t have the opportunity to use it or is it because I don’t match this piece anymore? Doesn’t this piece make more sense in my life? Usually, what no longer makes sense: either I review or I donate.
Re: And where were your pieces? What has changed?
I saw: I separated two small bags for donations and other clothes to be resold at Repassa khaadi online. It was difficult, you can even see it on the video … (laughs). I sent six bags to Repassa!
I noticed, when I went to fill the [Good] Bag that they had pieces with labels, totally unused. It was important to realize that I spent so much on the wardrobe that I was standing there. Today, I spend much less money, I care much more for the quality of my clothes. And I also appreciate the accessories, like a handbag, which I was never much to use.
Altogether, I have 112 items, not including underwear, accessories and shoes.
Re: What message would you say to anyone who also wants to create their own capsule cabinet?
Vi: I would say it has to be done, it has to be played. I took too long to do.
The process of reviewing all your clothes is much more than just that. You can even take a trip to the past and remember several moments because of your clothes. And you can make a temporal view of who you were, who you are and what works for you now. It is a great self-knowledge. We think that it will not come out of “clothes”, but it does.
And for those who are going to buy the pieces of your showcase at Repassa ?
Vi: There are many pieces that are there that are very basic and, therefore, essential for the capsule cabinet. I think there have to be parts that work with a lot of things. And at the same time, I think it’s important to have pieces that mariab draw a little attention, that are wildcards.
I want to encourage those who buy my pieces at Repassa to use them in various ways. Really focus on what you need, have some more striking pieces, but also work well within a basic look. It is [the fact that] you have a different relationship with your clothes, with your wardrobe and with yourself.