With his brand Overlord Cedric Chaveau takes unwanted fabrics and discarded garments and upcycles them, creating new streetwear from old materials. He gives the textiles a new lease of life and prevents them from hitting landfill or getting burned – up to 35% of the world textile production ends up this way, which is extremely polluting for the environment.
The vintage fabrics, whether its denim, military uniforms or bandanas, are carefully sourced from secondhand warehouses before they’re patched together and repurposed into a fresh new line of tees, shorts, trousers, shirts and jackets. The noragi jacket and the bandana shirt are two signature Overlord pieces and both exemplify Chaveau’s sustainable approach to design.
The noragi is take on traditional Japanese workwear and is a relaxed-fit jacket that’s a cross between a blazer and a kimono. It comes in four fabrics: denim, using 80s and 90s Levi’s from the US and Mexico, chosen because they can stand a lot of wear and washing; indigo, using plant-based dye on 100% cotton; military, using linen army bags and tent canvas; and M65, using the linings of US army pants. Additional bandana patches and sashiko stitching details make the jackets unique. The bandana shirt, as the name suggests, is made from old banandas (American cotton ones from the 90s to be precise), patched together to create a Havana-style shirt, complete with buttons made from coconut shells.
Overlord garments are made in Thailand and Chaveau has partnered with the Universal Foundation for Persons with Disabilities to use workshops that have committed to employ a number of handicapped craftspeople. So not only are you getting one-of-a-kind garms that are saving on waste, you’re supporting a good cause too.
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