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Taxi CDC- Recycled Wears

Taxi CDC's Embroidered Dress


Once upon a time, a young woman, oh let’s just call her Emily, was vintage shopping. She tried on garment after garment, in love with their colors, styles and worn appeal, yet nothing fit. She held handfuls of fabric behind her back, yanked hems up a couple inches, glared at long droopy sleeves and was saddened by puckered torsos. The girl, completely frustrated, left the store in a huff, dreaming of vintage items that couldn’t be bought.

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as finding that beautiful vintage item that no one else owns. However, it’s disappointing when it doesn’t fit quite right. Maybe it’s too long, the sleeves are too big or it’s shaped like a large square. Deborah Brosenne, owner of Taxi CDC, a.k.a. vintage re-constructor extraordinaire, excels in making vintage items new again by deconstructing and designing them into a perfect fit.

Taxi CDC's Printed DressI believe that most products have a second life. – Deborah Brosenne

Deborah Brosenne, co-founder of Triple Five Soul and Corrugated, certainly knows fashion. Thanks for her need of a change of scenery and a little less competitive world of fashion, Deborah moved to L.A. in 2001. While there, she began finding wonderful vintage goods and sold them to others. Deborah, my savior, frustrated that the clothes didn’t quite fit right, began her newest company Taxi CDC. Dealing with vendors who use purely recycled vintage clothing, mainly from the 80’s, Deborah’s one of a kind recycled items are a modern day knock out.

No stranger to alterations, Deborah, the oldest of eight children, was altering her siblings clothing before she was twelve. While attending Pratt in NY for architecture, she decided her true passion was in clothing design. Her and a friend founded Triple Five Soul, and soon after Deborah founded a Deconstructive Street Line called Corrugated. Corrugated’s store on the Lower East Side of New York, Corrugated Design Collective, was home to many new and aspiring artists, drawing attention from such magazines as Vogue.

Taxi CDC (reusing her previous store name-Corrugated Design Collective-CDC) still gets plenty of attention from the celebrities, but Deborah’s favorite customers are everyday people, like you and me. I just ordered my first dress from Taxi CDC and can’t wait to receive it. Not only has my garment-in-transit been around for over twenty years, I’m going to love it for twenty more.

Images Credit: Taxi CDC

Written by Emily Konkler

Born in a small town in southern Minnesota, which didn’t quite fit her fancy, Emily headed for New York City soon after high school. While living in New York City, Emily's keen fashion sense was harnessed, transforming from a hobby to a quintessential passion. Emily has been involved with the fashion industry in numerous aspects including modeling, styling and managing runway shows.

Emily lives with her boyfriend Matthew and her overweight cat, Sisu, in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She enjoys painting without talent, reading into the wee hours of the morning, rubbing Sisu behind her ears, sewing on her new machine, eating curry and naan whenever possible, wearing boots all year round, spending good ol’ quality time with her friends, drowning in organic cotton and giggling with her boyfriend.

Currently, Emily is a fashion design student and works at The Nature of Beauty-an organic beauty oasis, where her love for everything organic has flourished and taken her heart by storm. Follow her on Twitter @thekonks.


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