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Re-Designing Thrift feat. Baxter Hussung

October 21st, 2013

Alex has a very unique and stylish group of friends from his days spent in Nashville, TN (check out Whit, Chip and Gooch).

Recently we’ve been hanging with Baxter, a soft spoken down-to-earth musician who loves fixing things with his hands, from homemaking instruments to designing wooden coffee table to re-cutting vintage trousers.

“I met Bax through some mutual friends in the music scene. He’s an amazing musician, I’m pretty sure he can play any instrument. We became close friends, going to shows together and playing Bike Polo in Nashville.” -Alex

Baxter’s style caught my eye immediately since everything he wears is one-of-a-kind due to some type of Do-It-Yourself modification. It’s a fantastic (and inspiring) way to build a wardrobe on the super-cheap and to create a look that is truly representative of the person wearing the clothes.

“When It comes to personal style I find myself doing a lot of modifications, whether that means just changing some buttons or completely taking apart a pair of pants and tailoring them to my size.

I always have a project in the works and new ones coming to me. Old clothing in my possession will most likely end up getting to know the scissors and sewing needles long before it sees the light of day… Having a bit of creative power over what I put on makes me feel as though my clothes are a part of who I am and gives me a greater appreciation for each individual piece.”

1. Trash to Treasure


“Searching through local vintage and thrift stores is a process that I really dislike. It always gives me a weird feeling and I often find myself in a rush to leave the store as soon as I walk through the door…

To deal with this I began a sort of hybridized process of shopping & designing/tailoring – it’s been a learning process and a journey full of trial and error.”


“The colors and patterns were the selling point on this shirt… I wasn’t too fond of the shape of the collar so I cut it off, which really changed the look and feel of the shirt.”


“Last time I was visitig home in Nashville, I met a local Amish fellow who was selling these handmade straw hats at a farmers market and I couldn’t resist.

I put it on for the first time and right in front of me, on the grass by the side walk, was a feather… I stuck in in my hat and called it macaroni.”


“I often collect little trinkets and build my on jewelry. All the jewelry here was either given to me or found on the ground (the earring is actually an old zipper from another project).”


2. DIY Alterations


“These cords were the perfect example of finding something at the local Goodwill that’s exactly what you came looking for, but the size is all wrong… I’m not one that stops there.

I bought them, took them completely apart, sized the waist, narrowed the legs, re-hemmed the cuff and added buttons for braces.”

We often receive questions about DIY alterations… I will be putting together a series of posts on alts that you can handle yourself (and alts that you probably shouldn’t try at home). More on that later.


“The trench coat was too long so I cut it down and resized it as well.”


“This earring was my first jewelry project. I carved a bird (though it looks like fish) from a peace of drift wood I found in Malaysia.”

Nice Fall color play with the olive corduroys, faded orange socks and roughed-up brown boots.


3. Rockstar Artist


“This leather was a birthday present last year. It’s one of my favorite jackets, but after a couple months I grew tired of the basic look. I needed to work with my hands on making it into something more unique and representative of me/my aesthetic.

The studs were actually tacks that I found on an abandoned couch near my apartment, and the paint I used on the back is gold nail polish. The main zipper didn’t work when I found it either, so I added buttons and buttonholes.

It really doesn’t take much to make something generic into something cool and unique. A little thought, some creative resources and a smidge of elbow grease can go a long way.”


“I only have one pair of jeans. They’ve seen farms, festivals, camping trips, house renovations, cliff faces, countless music venues (on and off the road)… They’ve been patched and repaired countless times but haven’t complained once.”

This might also be the first time I’ve ever seen a DIY convertible collar (Baxter sewed a button on the underside of the right collar, so he can close the button-down in a standing position).


There is a pretty deep significance to Baxter’s leather jacket artwork…can you figure it out?


“The crystal necklace was made by local CA artist Visions of Threes…they make all of their pieces from recycled materials, which I’m really into.”

Rip in the old denim shirt? Nothing a safety pin and a couple staples can’t fix…


Thanks, as always, for reading and special thanks to Baxter for participating!

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier


Photography by Alex Crawford