By Arwa Lodhi
Season 11 Project Runway winner Michelle Lesniak has a huge heart to match her huge talent.
To help the unemployed over the holidays, she paired up with Goodwill to create a coat sewn from donated clothing. She chose, designed and cut up 4 coats to create one new design. Based in Portland, Michelle opened her creation to bidders on December 12th and pledged to donate every penny raised to help provide free job services to people with barriers to employment in her local area. You can participate in the auction here.
She used recycled wool, corduroy and leather to create a cosy, oversized coat with four pockets (two in the front, one in the back, and even one on the sleeve) and a removable collar. The coat was made to fit a US 4-6.
The eco-friendly designer often uses recycled materials in her creations, resulting in interesting combinations of textures and patterns, often with a neo-grunge vibe. She also proudly shops at thrift shops frequently herself, knowing that wearing vintage and recycled clothing makes a statement not only about fashion, but the state of the environment, too.
All images: Michelle Lesniak clothing