Website Refresh

We just did the big update-  new website on a new platform. For years we were on Magento, which is neat because it is open source, but the open-source managers appear to have taken the platform way more up market- less appropriate for a smallish business such as ours. So we finally bit the bullet,…

Factory Pictures

Some images from Fall River Massachusetts, from where we do cut, sew, and shipping.  

Creativity During This Unusual Period of Time

Just a couple of weeks prior to the world-wide shut down, I started posting tiny strategies for artists on a site called Discipline of Passion. What started as a series of posts on productive creativity became as well a document of staying motivated and focused as the world spins around you. Enjoy. Thoughts include: Tiny…

Bra In Progress : Productization

I’ve been working on a new bra design with a back closure and more structured cups, in between being distracted by the new puppy and my secret art project. This bra is one I’ve been contemplating adding for a long time.  Simply put, it is the classic cut and sew style bra that can work…

Lookbooks

Just updated and added: all our lookbooks, now in one place. Over time, I’ve played with so many variations on content-division between the ecommerce site and cms pages, such as a blog.  I think I’ve finally found the right one (let’s hope!) Thus lookbooks, fit guides, and blog-type stuff now resides here, at brookthere.blog.  Ecommerce…

The reality of being a maker

There is this thing that happens when you have a creative personality and then start a business. The reality is that actual artistic process and business processes, at least for me, come from different parts of the psyche. Or the soul, who knows. So let’s imagine you like making clothes: it’s an intensely creative and…

Notions

Notions refers to the tiny bits of things that get attached to clothing in the construction process.  It’s a catch-all term that includes: buttons, zippers, elastics, labels, bindings, closures, and thread. One of the challenges of made-in-the-usa is that almost all notions are now made overseas. For years, customers have been asking for bras with…

Three Lists

When I arrived in the studio yesterday, I made three lists. Things I should do. Things I want to do. Things I’m afraid to do. I constrained the parameters to just studio work, by the way.  Otherwise those could be very long lists. This was after a few days spent diligently and timefully completing year…

Gesamtkunstwerk

Lately I’ve been making turtlenecks. Ah, the oft-mocked garment of the 1980s. But it’s so practical, so utilitarian, so comfortable under a wool sweater! The turtlenecks I’ve been making have extra long sleeves (always) and some random darts in the back, to add shape.  They are from a lightweight fabric, the same one we use…