Upcycling & Paying it Forward Through Fashion

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Deborah Henry collaborates with designer, Khoon Hooi, for a fashion line that gives back.

While consumers are being educated on being more consciously aware of ethical buying, a unique and meaningful new fashion collection looking to address fabric waste and repurpose fashion has been unveiled. Fugeelah by Khoon Hooi, ‘Leftover, Not Left Out’ is turning clothing and textile waste into fashion-forward statements by up-cycling and reusing fabrics.

Khoon Hooi and Deborah Henry

Fugeelah by Khoon Hooi, ‘Leftover, Not Left Out’ – stems from a collaboration between social entrepreneur, Deborah Henry and local designer Khoon Hooi. The collaboration sees both parties weave sustainability into fashion where every crafted accessory is made
entirely from leftover fabrics from designer Khoon Hooi’s collection over the past 10 years.

Fugeelah Khoon Hooi bags

“The textile industry has had a reputation of waste problems for years, ‘Leftover, Not Left Out’ is a step to a more sustainable approach,” shares Deborah.

She went on to add that by rethinking what many would consider waste, this collaboration breathes new life into leftover fabrics that may otherwise end up in a landfill, turning them instead into something that can be kept forever. The vibrant and quirky limited-series collection includes the Little C (cocktail bag) retailing at RM139, Big C (an adjustable crossbody bag) going for RM169 and the Multiway Twilly at RM45.

Each individual piece is unique on its own – with different types of lining on each bag depending on the availability of the fabrics used, making the collection really special. Khoon Hooi said he was looking to do something meaningful to give back to society.

“That’s when it hit me – why not collaborate with my close friend, Deborah Henry? With this line, we not only get to up-cycle fabrics that have been sitting on shelves for years but also do our part to help empower refugee children in Malaysia.” said Khoon Hooi.

Deborah, the founder of Fugeelah – a lifestyle accessory social enterprise that supports the sustenance of Fugee School, has been actively championing the rights of refugee children to equal education.
“Conscious shoppers can make meaningful choices with their purchases – to make them count, to make them matter, to make a change. Fugeelah by Khoon Hooi, ‘Leftover, Not Left Out’ offers a solution that can both satisfy the fashionista in you whilst appealing to your philanthropic nature,” added Deborah.

All proceeds from the sale of the Fugeelah by Khoon Hooi line will be funnelled back to refugee families through Fugee School – the non-profit refugee education hub, specifically paying for the students’ IGCSE examinations fees. The Fugeelah by Khoon Hooi ‘Leftover, Not Left Out’ collection is available exclusively at

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