Hi my name is Steph! I started Buckets & Bums in 2019 out of a passion for upcycling and wanting to do better for the planet.
I’ve been creative for as long as I remember and have loved fashion & sewing since school. Funnily enough a hat was one of the first things I remember making in textiles class. I loved it so much that I studied textiles GCSE.
Whilst school taught me a lot, my mum probably taught me more! She’s also probably the reason why I discovered a love for sewing and getting creative.
At college I studied Art & Design. My teacher there told me that I’d never progress because I kept skipping life drawing classes! Needless to say I went on to study Fashion & Clothing at a different college and had the absolute best time. I then enrolled onto a Photography for Fashion and Advertising course at university.
After finishing university I took a job at Boots to pay the bills. This turned into a blur of unfulfilling retail and office jobs. None of which brought me joy. However I was always drawn back to the sewing machine in my spare time and this has inspired me to create this brand along with a passion to slow down fashion.
If Sloths did fashion
Buckets & Bums is passionate about tacking waste culture which is why all my bucket hats & bumbags are made from secondhand, vintage and repurposed fabric. Upcycling these fabrics keeps them from entering landfill and gives them new life as your new favourite accessories - Buckets & Bums bucket hats and bumbags.
I was becoming aware of how plastic is affecting the planet and made a conscious decision to reduce my plastic usage. A couple of years later I found myself reducing my fast fashion consumption and then ditching it entirely.
For me its all about slow fashion! Very little goes to waste. I try to use all aspects of the clothing I Upcycle. For example I use waistbands as bag straps, skirt zips as bumbag zips and offcuts get upcycled into patchwork bucket hats & bum bags.
After learning about the staggering amounts of clothing which enters UK landfills every year (350,000 tonnes if you were wondering) I knew I could do something to help reduce this. I’ve never been a stranger to secondhand shopping - I was dragged round the charity shops from a young age. It was a no brainer that I’d only use secondhand, vintage and repurposed fabric to make the bucket hats & bumbags.
Custom Bucket Hats & Bumbags
I love upcycling old clothing into bucket hats & bumbags and welcome your custom ideas! I want to make your dream bucket hat or bumbag a reality and I’m excited to make whatever it is you’re looking for. Maybe you’d love a festival bucket hat or an 80s bumbag or something I’ve never even thought of.
The great thing about my custom service is It means you will get to have something completely unique and individual to you.
Please do get in contact with your ideas!