Top drawer

The new Honey Ryder

• Who she is: Tonia Gassmann

• What she’s wearing: vintage-inspired patch-pocket jeans, biker boots, a thick purple scarf, an embossed leather belt she purchased in a thrift shop five years ago, and a leather holster housing the knife she uses for work.

• Why we love it: Like Ursula Andress in Dr. No, Tonia knows the best way to get a job done is to strap a blade to her hip. But, unlike the Bond girl of yore, our blue-collar fashionista doesn’t need a skimpy bikini to accessorize the tools of her trade — just a classic belt, all-purpose jeans and a pair of boots made for kicking butts and taking numbers.

Try this on

Recycled wear has gone beyond second-hand finds at thrift shops. Up-and-coming designers are turning cast-off clothing into edgy, re-imagined ensembles with high-fashion sensibilities. Here are the labels to look for:

• Asheville artist Myah Hubbell’s Recyclone line is 100% post-consumer wear, primarily for women but with increasing offerings for men and children. Look for superhero and fantasy-inspired garb in bright colors and patterns at Honeypot (86 N. Lexington Ave.), Woolworth Walk (25 Haywood St.) and; or visit her River Arts District studio for custom sales. Info at 255-4666.

• Rags Reborn Eco Chic Boutique (1 Walnut St., 253-4488) carries recycled-wear skirts by German company Baum Baum — or order online at Looking for bags? The shop also features handcrafted totes by Endless Possibilities, a cottage industry that supports a domestic-violence shelter and other services (info at

• Honeypot stocks a wide array of recycled items by Asheville artists Anatomic, Spectacle and Tie One Totes; and New Orleans designer Howlpop.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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