history | who we are
REcreate designs was founded in Madison, WI. After years of making unique, handmade holiday gifts for friends and family, founder Carol Lynn Lapotka began producing one-of-a-kind creations for local craft and street fairs. Carol Lynn studied art, design, and environmental studies at Edgewood College, and in 2005 she transformed these interests into a business.
how we do it
REcreate designs is a collection of clothing, books, bags, and accessories made from upcycled bits and pieces. Raw materials are sourced from thrift and second-hand outlets and repurposed into one-of-a-kind products. We reclaim and breathe new life into cast-off scraps. We see things not as they are, but what they can become.
where the magic happens
Once a one-person operation housed in an apartment basement, REcreate designs has expanded into a 750 square-foot production space in the foothills of the Mission Mountains. We use industrial machinery to create a consistent and well-constructed product. We select, sort, and stow all of our materials within the studio and maintain a tidy work space…most of the time.