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Ecouterre - New York City’s Jussara Lee Turns “Zero Waste” Into an Art Form

Life doesn’t always go the way you expected. Born to Korean parents and raised in Brazil, Jussara Lee embraced her love of tailored clothing from a young age. After a transitory period that saw her shipping her designs to the likes of Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, and boutiques as far away as Hong Kong and Japan, Lee decided to refocus on craftsmanship. Her bespoke business in New York City’s West Village values simple lines over ostentation. Believing that too many possessions can weigh you down, Lee creates bespoke, no-fuss staples that are made to last. Increasingly, her tack has been to “preserve and conserve,” whether it’s through the use of vintage mother-of-pearl buttons or by turning cutting-floor scrap from one garment into ruffles on another. We caught up with the veteran designer to learn more about her pivot into "Zero Waste" her yen for collaboration, and why she chooses to keep her label small.

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