"Denim guru Maurizio Donadi founded Los Angeles-based Atelier & Repairs in 2015 as a hobby, and he still doesn’t think of it as a brand per se. 'It was a way of doing things I had never done before,' he said. 'The approach was very emotional; I found myself looking for stories that were more emotionally rich than building another pair of jeans.' Donadi said he begins sourcing by looking for quality 'leftover,' whether it’s Army fatigues, jeans or cotton shirts. He then deconstructs and rebuilds them using artisanal Japanese stitching and other global handmaking techniques. 'We are a creative solution to world excess,' he said. 'We can turn potential trash into an item that has a new story.'"