Hey y’all! I’m Kelsey Reese, and I am the owner and designer behind ReeseCycled. I’m a born and raised Kentucky girl with an affinity for butterflies, cats, sunflowers, live music, and oat milk lattes.
I often refer to ReeseCycled as a happy accident--what started merely as a boredom-induced closet clean out quickly evolved to something much bigger and brighter than I’d ever imagined. Established in May of 2020, ReeseCyled became my creative outlet and a vital source of joy while enduring the hardships and uncertainties of the COVID19 pandemic.
If you had asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, my 10-year-old self would have told you “a fashion designer.” Although that was not the career I pursued, I am beyond grateful for the roundabout path that led me back to my childhood dream a little over a decade later.
Thank you for being here. Thank you for shopping small and secondhand.
17 million tons of textile waste ended up in landfills in 2018 (per the Environmental Protection Agency). The amount of textile waste Americans produced has doubled over the last 20 years. A small but meaningful step you can take to help address the growing environmental crisis?
I source from local folks cleaning out their own closets, thrift stores, yard sales, flea markets--you name it! Because I believe in the power of thrift stores as mutual aid for low income folks, I do my best to consume mindfully when sourcing materials at these secondhand shops. For fabric, I strive to seek out pieces with damages that would likely be left behind by the average shopper. I also tend to thrift in the “off season,” meaning I will buy winter pieces in the summer (and vice-versa) when the demand is less immediate.
There is no such thing as perfect sustainability-- but ReeseCycled is here with a mission to provide you styles that will make you feel as stunning as you are while preserving the beauty of this planet we call home.