a photo featuring a pile of recycled clothes

Something made a lasting impression on me when I was a kid in Tunis. Amongst the continuous ballet of street vendors, who walked down the road pushing ahead a kind of huge wheelbarrow two of them weren’t selling anything. Instead, they were picking things up. Each of these vendors or collectors had a slogan. The one who picked up clothes would say “roba vecchia” or “vecchia” for short. The one who wanted old bread would say something else, I can’t remember what, even though he was the one who intrigued me most. What could these pieces of old bread be used for ? It wasn’t until much later that I understood: these leftovers added “substance” to home-cooked meals. An authentic meatball has to be prepared with old bread.

This idea of recycling things has always been somewhere at the back of my mind. At A.P.C., we explore this idea with quilts, Butlers and tote bags.

So it was only natural to invite our customers to bring their “roba vecchia” back to A.P.C. These garments will get a second life and help people who don’t necessarily have the means to dress in good-quality clothes.

Jean Touitou


The A.P.C. Recycling program's goal is to give our customers the opportunity to recycle any old A.P.C. Items in exchange for a recycling credit. Credit amount varies by type of item. Stores will collect items and transfer them to a recycling facility where they will be broken down into fibers and re-used. The program is only available in US A.P.C. locations. Recycling credits will not expire and can be redeemed only in A.P.C. Stores.


Ready to wear items and shoes (full pair) can be returned to any A.P.C. Store in the US. The recycling program does not include bags, leather goods, swimsuits, underwear, small accessories or jewelry. Items eligible for credit must have a logo or composition tag intact. A.P.C. reserves the right to refuse some items.

Price List Price
Outerwear, Jackets $40
T-Shirts $7
Sweatshirts & Knitwear $15
Everything else (Blouses, Pants, Shirts, Skirts, Jumpsuits, Shoes) $25

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the program please call us at +1 (888) 803-3437, or email us anytime.

a photo featuring a pile of recycled clothes

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