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Fashion designer Tracy Reese recently teamed up with conceptual artist Mel Chin to create a truly inspiring collection named Flint Fit.
The CFDA board member who is originally from Detroit —located about 70 miles south of Flint— was the perfect match for Chin’s larger exhibition. Chin’s All Over the Place exhibition seeks to promote social awareness through art.
Described as a “prototype for action” and in homage to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, Flint Fit was actually created in the afflicted city itself.
Back in fall 2017, Flint residents collected 90,000 empty water bottles over a six week period. Those bottles were transported to textile manufacturer Unifi in Greensboro, NC, where they were transformed into REPREVE fiber and then sent to their mill partners to be turned into fabric. Reese then designed the capsule collection which was inspired by water and Flint itself. The actual pieces were then constructed from the recycled plastic fibers at the St. Luke N.E.W. Life Center in Flint.