A love of fashion. The skill to sew. A desire to upcycle. The knack to recreate.
Combined, it’s Refried Tees in the making.
I’m Lisa Litos, founder, designer and chief upcycling officer at Refried Tees. How it all started…
Drawing upon my sewing skills, I set out to design and create fun new styles that, well… made me look and feel good. The items would be handcrafted, upcycled from existing material, and of course, stylish and fresh. It was just for the fun of it. Just for me.
Tapping into my family’s supply of imprinted tee shirts, my imagination took over. The creation of my first skirt was designed in my favorite colors and with the coolest combination of graphics. With my selection of tee shirts in hand, I sliced and diced and stitched my newest creation. And yes, it was fun and comfy. Proudly wearing it out and about, heads turned and people took notice – and the comments were nothing short of wow.
Girlfriends and neighbors ordered their one-of-a-kind skirts. Hobby turned into orders for friends, friends of friends, and new acquaintances. OMG, what have I done?
Imagination went into overdrive and creativity began to take shape in a variety of styles – the maxi, the mini, the tank dress and fashion tops. From elegant to cute, from smart to fun – colors, graphics, images and messages came together like never before. Each item became a work of art. Each item unique and one-of-a-kind – a fashionable blend of style, comfort and sustainability.
Time to get down to business. Secure design patents, write the biz plan, develop the supply chain – and build a brand.
More people raved. Farmers markets sold out. Local boutiques placed orders – and reorders. Word began to spread steadily and the excitement grew stronger as the new styles hit the street. Funner Fashion was on its way.
Welcome to Refried Tees Funner Fashion. It’s the tee shirt re-imagined – and sustainable fashion at its best.
Refried Tees Funner Fashion was formally launched at the 2014 Surf Expo in Orlando, Florida and we are delighted to say…. Woooohoooo!
Thanks to all of our Refried fans and Refried Retailers. We look forward to a future of Funner Fashion!