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with Rafael Kouto



Do you want to make room in your closets and throw away your clothes to buy new ones? Lessons with Rafael Kouto offer you a better solution. You will get an insight into modern upcycling techniques in fashion, with various traditional and do-it-yourself techniques, from sewing to embroidery and from prints to weaving. Bring old clothes, fabrics and other waste materials to give a new value for the creation of new unique clothing.

The concept of these lessons is part of the sustainable approach of the Rafael Kouto brand, which encourages upcycling through open source and sustainable production in fashion. Rafael’s classes are suitable for both beginners and advanced, adults and children, since apart from a good attitude to sustainability and experimentation, it does not require special prior knowledge. It is recommended to also bring your own favorite item of clothing, as it is a good point of inspiration and to introduce yourself.


Rafael Kouto is an independent Swiss fashion designer with Togolese origins. He graduated in 2014 with a BA in Fashion Design at the Doing Fashion, at the HGK-FHNW in Basel and after graduating in 2017 with a MA in Fashion Matters at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, he founded his eponymous upcycling couture brand. He held different work experiences at Alexander McQueen, Maison Margiela, Carven and Ethical Fashion Initiative.


In 2019, he won the Diesel Award and Lotto Sport Award and also the Swiss Design Awards in 2018 & 2019. He’s very engaged in activities related to recycling, upcycling, sustainable fashion design systems and production through workshops for different institutions and in the academic field for schools and universities.

Kouto’s commitment is to continue researching and promoting the use of upcycling of textile waste, deadstock and other materials into the creative and production process for his own namesake brand. He also works on high visibility collaborations and consultancy with other brands, manufacturers and academics interested in sustainable methods and strategies, ethical fashion and textiles. Now you have a great opportunity to learn from Rafael by booking a private lesson with him at Social Fabric!

At the moment, only online courses are available. 


Basic sewing skills


German, English, French and Italian


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