Upcycled fabrics and trimmings with a new purpose.
Re-incarnating and re-imagining the discarded to create one-of-a-kind purses and accessories.
Hello. My name is Jacquelyn, and I'm a thrifter. An unabashed, unapologetic thrifter. Early in life, my mother taught me to sew. I wasn't destined to be a master tailor, but at 10 years old, the feeling of being able to make something unique was exhilarating. Through the years, I developed a passion for antiques (thanks Mom!), thrifting and yard sales (thanks Grandma!) and all things vintage. Oh, and I can never sit still when good dance music is playing... but that's another story.
So, did that parlay into a lifetime of creative endeavours? No. The security of a 'city job' kept me typing and warming an office chair for 31 years.
Retirement reawakened the need to search for my creative groove. Luckily I stumbled - moreso tripped - on an outlet that merged my love for thrifting and sewing; making unique bohemian styled bags and accessories. Finally I found a use for my stashes of upcycled material, trims, vintage and costume jewelry. And, production involves more thrifting, yard sales and flea markets! Be still my heart!
RE finery creations are unconventional; a little hippy, a little steampunk, a little bit worn, tattered and torn. Bottom line, my accessories are not for those looking for something quiet and understated.
Hopefully you'll find a treasure that makes you smile and lets everyone know there's more to you than meets the eye..... and a background song playing in your head that always makes you want to dance.
“The big problem I have with Refinery is picking a favourite! The detail and creativity that goes into each product is truly impressive. It is important to me as a consumer, to support Canadian artists who share my environmental concerns; so Refinery ticks every box for me.” L.G.
“What attracted me first was the colour... It had to accommodate my mini iPad and cellphone, and still leave a little room for a few basic essentials. What I chose covered everything that I was looking for, including a reasonable price.” B.B.S.