About Us

Rediscover. Reimagine. Refashion.
“You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
- Maya Angelou

Hi there, welcome to Fafafoom Studio.

I am Mira Musank, an avid garment refashioner and sustainable style maker. This is where I share my love of fashion via garment designing and sewing. Most of my materials are rescued remnants and samples that would otherwise go to landfill. Sustainable practices that tackle overconsumption and waste is my principle for creating new life from old clothes and discarded remnants. I’m here to support more modern, sustainable lifestyle and slow fashion movement while studying and exploring couture techniques and honoring traditional craftsmanship.

Fafafoom first started in 2007 as a fashion blog, largely showcasing fashion collections by local San Francisco Bay Area designers and students. Soon after, I get increasingly intrigued about how fashion serves as – to borrow a Bill Cunningham’s quote – “the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.” I started doing DIY fashion projects and learned how to use a sewing machine, and the rest is history.

My design process starts with examining the materials – be it fabric remnants, samples, or old clothes. With each material constraints, garment or accessory designs are developed to bring out the material’s beauty and to add practical functions for the wearer. The results are custom-made, functional garments and accessories that are personalized to their wearer. 

Through Fafafoom Studio, I hope to encourage and inspire home sewists of all levels, as well as collaborate with fellow creatives and awesome makers out there. I’d love to connect and find out more creative new way to sustainably create beautiful garments or textiles.

Let’s reimagine, repair, and refashion together!

SUSTAINABLE MATERIAL SOURCING

To date, Fafafoom Studio has upcycled discarded clothing and home decor items from the following brands:

  • Banana Republic
  • H&M
  • JC Penney
  • Missoni for Target
  • MUJI
  • Uniqlo
  • United Colors of Benetton
  • West Elm
  • Zara

We regularly mend clothes and accessories from the following brands: Company of We, Kapital Japan, Levi’s.
We also receive fabric cutting remnants from the following local brands periodically: Jessie Liu Collection and purplemaroon.

Fabric, leather, and paper samples from showrooms such as San Francisco Design Showroom and Ruby LivingDesign are also procured from time to time. Vintage garments and accessories, as well as fabric supplies from local home sewists are also received at least once a year.

 

SPECIAL THANKS

Running a website takes a great deal of time and dedication. While it’s a good learning experience, it can be very overwhelming. I am really grateful to have these frequent collaborators for their help in content production:

  • Christian Hadidjaja (webmaster, photographer)
  • Jesus Romero (fashion design collaborator)
  • Veronica Cipto (logo designer)
  • Nicolas Ardelean (photographer)
  • Kuni Natsuki (Japanese-English translator)

FEATURED

Our cage dress refashion is featured in Simply Sewing Magazine Issue 50 as part of The Refashioners 2018!

Simply Sewing Issue 50 Cover

FAFAFOOM featured in Simply Sewing Magazine - Art of Refashioning

FAFAFOOM featured in Simply Sewing Magazine - Art of Refashioning

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Let’s Talk!

For partnership or collaboration inquiries, please email musank@fafafoom.com.

Our Style Making Principles

We love to create fashionable garments, accessories, and gifts while adapting more environmentally conscious lifestyle.

DIY Whenever Possible

From designing, upcycling, dyeing, to sewing and embellishing (sometimes glueing), we love to be creative.

Shop Local or Secondhand

When it’s time to invest on statement pieces that are hard to make ourselves, we purchase them from local designers or secondhand shops.

Be mindful of materials

We love to “rescue” fabric / paper remnants and use them optimally, as well as minimize water use for dyeing.

A kind reminder: All the pictures featured here are protected under Creative Commons license. They can only be used with prior consent from us and linked back to fafafoom.com. Commercial use of any material is forbidden. If you'd like to use our pictures, please email us.