Re-hasht takes unique fashion approach to up-cycling
By Karen Billing
Re-hasht has moved into Flower Hill Promenade’s Row Collective, a store that sells one-of-a-kind wearable art; worn fabric is up-cycled and lovingly stitched into new pieces.
The store, owned by the mother-daughter team of Mimi Roles and Shawn Sarquilla, opened two weeks ago.
“We are like old-time shopkeepers,” said Sarquilla, reflecting on how like many other Row shops, artists are not only selling their wares but using their store as a workspace too.
Inside Re-hasht, fabric scraps litter the table tops as the two work on new pieces. They share a space with Studio Penny Lane, which moved across the courtyard to make room for new record shop M-Theory Music, and, on some days, the pounding on metal inside Penny Lane is accompanied by the whirring of Re-hasht’s sewing machines.
As they launch their new store, the two split time between their shop and working in cafes — Roles is at Claire’s on Cedros and Sarquilla works at Snooze in Hillcrest.
Sarquilla had always played around with cutting and tying t-shirts but Roles has been a sewer all her life. Sarquilla said Roles is the true artist of the pair as she is also a painter.
“I’ve always been a cheerleader of artists, I didn’t realize I was one until several years ago,” Sarquilla said.
Mother and daughter got an itch to start working together on wearable art so they poured through craft books and began “scheming” about potential projects. They started with the shrug, perfect for San Diego weather — just sleeves, not too heavy like a full coat, and not too big that it covers up a cute ensemble.
“I was really impressed by Shawn because she took to it quite naturally,” Roles said of her daughter’s creativity and clever ideas on how to make garments work.
The first shrug they made was out of a dark blue cable knit sweater — Sarquilla added a flower made out of a t-shirt to the back and Roles added a trim.
The shrug became their signature piece and they started selling their looks at trunk shows and in pop-up shops, but got a tip about Flower Hill’s Row Collective from Penny Lane’s Laurie Libman-Wilson, a longtime friend of Sarquilla’s.
Sarquilla and Roles said they feel they fit in well with the Row and have already enjoyed collaborating with their neighbors — last week staying open late along with other stores as A Ship in The Woods hosted live music in the Row’s cozy plaza.
“I love the idea and the space, I’m excited for the traffic to pick up and for it to be more well-known,” Sarquilla said.
In keeping with the theme of finding new life for old things, all of the furniture within their shop is vintage and reclaimed marine wood serves as decoration on the walls, the wood naturally stained by salt.
The pair have become fabric hunters and are constantly on the lookout for materials to use. In addition to their signature shrug, they have branched out to include long “kimonos,” skirts, pants, fingerless gloves, legwarmers and pocket belts.
The pocket belts have sold very well — Re-hasht’s twist on a fanny pack, salvaged pockets affixed onto fabric that snaps or buckles around the waist.
Each garment has a quote sewn onto it that serves as Re-hasht’s tags — they use vintage t-shirts and have quotes screen-printed on.
“Always make new mistakes,” reads one quote from Esther Dyson.
Sarquilla said they hope someday to get into custom pieces with customer clothing —clothes that are loved and cherished but may not fit the way they used to or are falling apart that they can give new life to. They also hope to start working with leather.
With Re-hasht, they hope to promote an ongoing effort to recycle, upcycle and re-purpose as a way of life for everyone.
“I love the thought process,” Roles said. “I want to encourage everyone to look at things they don’t use anymore and ask ‘Are they reusable in another shape and form?’ It’s an interesting way to look at things.”
Re-hasht will have a grand opening event with Penny Lane on Saturday, June 7, at 7 p.m. Reservations are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flower Hill Promenade is located at 2720 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014;