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ThredUp Upcycles for the Holidays with Fran Drescher

Actress Fran Drescher is adding her signature flair to upcycled fashion.

The ’90s TV and style icon teamed with secondhand retailer ThredUp for a holiday collection of one-of-a-kind items designed and produced in partnership with Brooklyn-based designer Daniel Silverstein, also known as Zero Waste Daniel. 

The project is part of ThredUp’s ongoing Full Circle Collection that repurposes secondhand clothes. 

The retailer’s Holiday Survey conducted with GlobalData revealed that many consumers are interested in shopping more sustainably this season, with more than 70 percent of consumers saying they want to be less wasteful.

For the holiday range, Silverstein was tasked with creating a limited collection of affordable, eco-friendly pieces inspired by “The Nanny” actress. He created all 1,000 items in New York City, using approximately 2,000 lbs. of textiles that could not otherwise be resold.

Drescher’s style has been back in the spotlight thanks in part to “The Nanny” streaming on HBOMax and nostalgic social media accounts dedicated to her character’s bold look. The Instagram account @Whatfranwore identifies and shares the designers responsible for her TV looks to its 358,000 followers.  

“As one of the largest online thrift stores, we are committed to thinking creatively about how we can recirculate and make use of every single item that comes through our doors,” said Erin Wallace, ThredUp VP of integrated marketing. “We also love a fashion throwback, so we decided to marry two of our favorites: secondhand clothes transformed into new looks, and unforgettable 90s fashion. Who better to represent this combination than the ultimate then-and-now fashion icon, Fran Drescher.”

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With texture and color front and center, the Full Circle Collection spans patchwork coats, sweatsuits, bucket hats and scarves, coordinating vest and skirt sets, and crossbody and zipper pouches upcycled from denim, leather and faux leather.

Bowls made from upcycled denim

It also includes the first home goods ever produced for the Full Circle initiative. Items include small and large bowls made from the seams and hems of deconstructed denim garments, and pet beds made of durable non-stretch denim and canvas fabrics.

ThredUp will donate 20 percent of proceeds from the collection to Drescher’s charity, Cancer Schmancer. The collection retails for $10-$600.