Little Bit Different: Fashion upcycling


Kaitlyn Greer, Staff Writer

Unique, comfortable, and made for all: these are perfect ways to describe the upcycled clothes that senior Elizabeth Morgan has sewn into her life.

A year ago, like many others, Liz experienced a life altering change.

This life altering change was world-wide, yet every single person has been impacted by this global pandemic individually.

Morgan took on a lot in this past year, just like everyone else, but she has found a way to charge forward and do something extraordinary.

Liz Morgan started her own small business called, “Little Bit Different,” which really represents her brand in a positive way.

Throughout her whole life, her family and close friends have called her “Little Bit.” This nickname came from her sister, who could not pronounce “Elizabeth.”

So, this mixed with the word “different” truly represents who Liz is and what her clothing brand aims to be.

Altogether, she believes that her own personal identity is intertwined with her clothing brand, and so she transferred what she believed to be important into her clothing brand.

Upcycling clothes is what she does; she goes to thrift stores and buys whatever she thinks she can turn into something unique.

Although her goal is to create one of a kind pieces, Liz has another goal in mind.

Upcycling any material is good for the environment; it reduces the amount of waste that piles up in landfills. So, reducing the amount of clothing waste is what Liz believes to be important for the environment.

Besides the environmental factors, the upcycling process supports economical factors as well.

According to Morgan’s research, “93 percent of fast fashion brands do not pay their workers fairly… these huge fast fashion companies are just trying to push out everything quickly and paying their workers so little…”

In Morgan’s point of view, having a small business like hers, she is able to avoid these issues and can support individual needs instead of being driven by profit.

Fast fashion includes big brands like Shein, which is focused on the mass production of clothing at a quick pace.

Another perk to having this personalized, small business, is that she is able to create connections with her customers.

Recently, Morgan has spent hours upon hours working on requested embroideries or styles for their clothes.

This is a great way that she is able to build up a loyal customer base.

“For a while it was not even breaking even…” but then “over night, my page blew up… I got like 800 followers.”

The majority of these followers came from a Tik Tok that her friend posted of her wearing the clothes that Liz had created.

This kind of support is what has helped her keep going and pushing for the growth of her business.

For anyone who wants to support Liz and her business, or to own one-of-a-kind upcycled clothes, reach out and follow on Instagram.