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Aldeide Sanchez

Aldeide is a 25 year old from Caracas, Venezuela with a background in business.  Although she hasn't been sewing long, she wanted to compete on Next Top Upcycler  to prove to herself that her sewing skills have improved.  On Episode 5, she used her old jeans to make a truly intricate romper with the detail of a much more experienced sewist.  She persevered past language barriers and a sewing machine malfunction to be crowned season one's Next Top Upcycler.  Not only have her skills improved exponentially, but she is now making upcycles for others and sharing her creations for the world on social media.

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JESS Li

San Francisco, CA

Jess kicked off this season with a runway ready color blocked trench coat upcycled from jeans and a blazer!

Age:

27

NADIA Simmons

Chicago, IL

We enjoyed Nadia's bubbly personality and her long line denim jacket and dope bustier.

Age:

32

Gena Culler-Green

Detroit, MI

Gena used her welding skills to create a cool asymmetric jacket that I've never seen before.

Age:

44

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TONI Ojo-Akinkunmi

Johannesburg, South Africa

Our youngest contestant created a denim crewneck sweatshirt with beautiful patchwork on the back.

Age:

20

ALDEIDE Sanchez

Caracas, Venezuela

It was so fun watching Aldeide's process and seeing how her piece morphed into a gorgeous jumper in the end.

Age:

25

HELAN Ayala

Houston, TX

Helen used her old jeans to create a ton of strips for a gorgeous woven skirt ready for Paris fashion week.

Age:

35

PETER Gonzalez

Mexico City

Peter is a sustainable fashion designer who tie dyed old jeans to create this sick utility jacket.

Age:

30

VALERIE Castle

Colorado

Valerie is one busy momma who loves color and created a really cool dress out of tie dye and colored jeans.

Age:

44

JIMENA Bravo

Mexico City

Our final contestant astonished us with a super ambitious three piece look plus a denim jacket for her dog.

Age:

30

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