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…

The Pixy Bra: Process Shots

We just launched a new production run of the Pixy Bra– a style that we have been out of stock on for quite some time (sorry all!) and are very happy to have back in! The Pixy Bra was the second primary bra style we released following our original triangle bra.  The Pixy is designed…

Design Process: Colorways

Traditionally, the fashion and apparel industry ran on a calendar of Spring and Fall collections. These were shown on runways in major fashion centers, available to wholesale customers. The products were eventually released to retail customers six months later or more. Now, of course, with the internet and global production cycles, fast-fashion and consumerism, the…

Making Things: Animations

I have a bit of a soft spot for calligraphy and illuminated manuscripts.  Over the holiday break I got together a set of calligraphy pens and thought about how to incorporate the use of beautiful words into our photographic pieces. My first thought, it being upcoming on Valentine’s Day, was to write love letters.  But…

Simple Winter Underlayers

I love to choose dark, rich, shades in the winter.  Think nutmeg or chocolate.  Basic black is always a nice option as well.  The deeper shades complement winter clothing choices- layers of cottons, silks or wools, in my case.  Nothing like a cocoa brown bralette under a steely silk camisole paired with a woven shirt…

Color Inspirations

Season after season, I find myself looking towards photos and memories of natural settings to choose colors for the new collection. For fall and winter of 2017, I was intensely interested in a bright yellow-green shade that reflected fall leaves. It was an odd color for a lingerie set, but It fit well with the…

Creative Rituals While On The Road

There is this age-old truism that travel is inspirational. Travel shakes up the stale thought patterns and brain grooves, jumbles them together and allows something fresh to emerge. This is true. But there are the practical realities of traveling as well, apart from the theoretical creative benefits. Bad food, depressing hotel rooms, too much time…