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Byron Matysek, a high school senior at Alexander W Dreyfoos School of the Arts, creatively upcycles decommissioned fire hoses into luxury fashion accessories
18-year-old Byron Matysek- a high school senior, has developed sustainable, luxury products with a unique concept to celebrate the heroism of the US Fire Fighters and help save the environment one hose at a time.
This creative upcycling of decommissioned fire hoses into luxury fashion accessories had its first two runs at the iconic Chicago Fashion Week powered by FashionBar LLC Show in Water Tower Place. The fashion accessories include a credit cardholder, high fashion belts, business cases, and several sizes of zippered document protection sleeves all of which can be found on www.freeoffear.us
“I first began Free of Fear as just an idea of reusing materials and trying to create something out of almost anything. I began to seriously take my ideas once I saw the impact that my ideas could have not only on the fashion industry but also the environment,” explains Byron Matysek. “Even though founded in South Florida where I live and go to school, Free of Fear is working closely with the fashion industry in Chicago to bring awareness of our mission, goals, and product to Chicago and the surrounding community.”
All of the Free of Fear upcycled items are made in South Florida, where Matysek oversees every aspect of the organization. He is involved in the design and execution and also the process of bringing the products to market. The flagship product launch in Chicago at the Chicago Fashion Week powered by FashionBar LLC Show in Water Tower Place is the first step to spreading more awareness about the Free of Fear fashion line.
Matysek goes on to explain, “We want to support our fellow American industries, products, businesses, and ultimately people- while we celebrate the heroism of the US Fire Fighters. That’s why it is so important to me that the Free of Fear products are made in the USA.”
Byron Matysek hopes that upcycling these fire hoses will make a resounding impact in the fashion industry, making it more sustainable. This 18-year-old high-schooler is celebrating the heroism of the US Fire Fighters and helping save the environment one hose at a time.