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The story of Chaussettes Orphelines

How did the idea of recycling socks come about? Here is the whole story ...

While tidying up her two boys' drawers, Marcia, our designer, discovers a whole bunch of orphan socks: a universal but rarely explained phenomenon!
Not wanting to throw them away and therefore pollute, she decides to cut them up and create beautiful textile pictures, or to assemble them into new clothes.
In October 2008, she presents one of her creations at the Grand Prix de la Création de la Ville de Paris.
She then founded the association Chaussettes Orphelines to raise awareness of textile waste recycling through the realization of artistic creations made of socks.
The association also has a solidarity goal: anchored in the Goutte d'Or district in Paris, it organizes workshops for the integration of women from the district.
All the creations are made from socks and only from socks.

From sock assembly to recycling

The project was so successful that, faced with the influx of socks from all over France, Marcia chose to put engineers to work to design an industrial recycling process for these socks. With a French spinning mill, Marcia succeeded in transforming orphan socks into a new 100% recycled quality yarn.
From this yarn, new socks are knitted, but also gloves, hats, scarves, bags, clothes... The brand Chaussettes Orphelines - Marcia de Carvalho is born.

The circular economy is on the move! Through the sale of new recycled products, waste can be reduced and reused.

Portrait of the creator and project leader Márcia de Carvalho

Marcia de Carvalho by Balou Kaba

Marcia, is a French-Brazilian stylist and fashion designer, born in Sao Paulo and graduated in fashion design in Paris. She has worked in prestigious fashion houses such as Chloé, Paule Ka, Torrente Azzaro, creating women's knitwear collections. 

Passionate about knitwear, lace and natural materials, in love with craft techniques, her cosmopolitan culture and international career have constantly nourished her inspirations and her creative process.

It is her childhood memories and family history that formed the common thread of his professional adventure and her progressive evolution towards entrepreneurship. Since her mother ran a knitwear workshop, Marcia has had an emotional relationship with the materials and machines used to work them since I was a child. Her father, for his part, spent hours in his "inventor's workshop", and from that time on was concerned about recycling and sustainable development issues.

Marcia de Carvalho

Collaborations with prestigious fashion houses and design offices

Graduated in fashion design in Paris, at the Fleuri Delaporte workshops, Marcia started her career in prestigious fashion houses, such as Popy Moreni, Chloé, Paule Ka, Torrente and Azzaro, as a design assistant for women's knitwear collections.

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Her collaborations have taken her all over the world, including Italy, India, China and Japan. Marcia has also worked with influential international style agencies such as Nelly Rodi and Peclers to develop trend books on my favourite materials.

Marcia was awarded the insignia of Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite for her overall work as a committed stylist

Presentation of the Insignia of Chevalier of the National Order of Merit to Marcia de Carvalho 2017


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