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A hands-on manual and a history and celebration of clothes tending-and it's remarkable resurgence as art form, political statement, and path to healing the planet.

About the Author

Kate Sekules is a writer, clothes historian, and founder of the website Refashioner. Her writing has appeared in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Details, O- The Oprah Magazine, New York magazine, The New Yorker, the New York Times, Travel & Leisure, Departures, Saveur, and Town & Country, among other publications. She is considered one of the founders of the visible mending movement and recently obtained a Ph.D. in Costume Studies at New York University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Penguin Press publisher Scott Moyers, and their daughter.


Praise for MEND!

Sekules brings a refreshingly fierce voice to an assemblage of topics...A prim sewing guide this is not, and I am here for it. If you want sewing basics, Sekules does offer them, but along the way she will school you on where fashion has been and where it's going (to the grave?). --BookPage (starred) As someone who does not know how to sew at all, I tend to shy away from any mending projects (hence the seamstress to whom I deliver damaged items for repair). But Sekules' book does a remarkable job at making me think I actually could do this myself - and even want to try. A needle is less daunting than a sewing machine, and the diagrams in the book are so clear and simple that I am inspired to tackle my next holey t-shirt. Both practical and political, with a directory of menders whose work Sekules reveres, Mend! is a slow-fashion manifesto, a DIY manual and an argument for adding a little flair to any old garment--either by necessity or just because. --Shelf Awareness

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