Upcycled Clothing as Keepsakes by ReMinkie Memory Bears

ReMinkie Memory Bears is in the news (again)! In “Organized: Create a keepsake with neckties,” Marla Ottenstien mentions that we have upcycled clothing and neckties in memory of loved ones who have passed away.

After her father passes away, a daughter discovers 275 assorted ties in his closet. She donates most of her father’s clothes, but finds herself unable to part with his neckties. She explains:

“My father was the most stylish guy you’d ever meet. Never one for sartorial excess, his closets were carefully curated to include only those items which were comfortable, tasteful and well tailored, but most importantly, not pretentious. When it came to ties, he wouldn’t dream of wearing something as mundane as a ‘repp’ tie (a thick striped tie), nor would he ever wear ubiquitous designer ties with little elephants, monkeys or horse bits lined up like perfect soldiers. Instead, he favored brightly colored and bold designs of graphic artist and master colorist Gene Meyer, whose ties were a favorite among “those in the know” before anyone even knew they were cool.”

Upcycled Clothing as Keepsakes

Wondering what to do with treasured clothes, coats and neckties hanging in the closet? At ReMinkie, we have upcycled clothing as keepsakes, including memory bearscustom pillowscustom blankets and throws.

After a loved one passes away, you may find yourself with an abundance of clothes. Custom keepsakes and memory bears are a meaningful way to repurpose and upcycle clothes. We create memory bears and custom keepsakes from furs, fabrics, neckties, scarves, hats, coats, jeans, sweaters — any clothing with sentimental value to you or a loved one.