Love this New Disruptor podcast with Lumi. Great insight into all it took for them to get the project off the ground.
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As New York Fashion week wraps up, we thought we’d share some of our favorite stylin’ projects that have graced the Fashion category.
- Vintage-Inspired Groomsmen Apparel
- CONSTRVCT: Design Your Own Fashion
- Pretty Snake’s “Kitty Garden Party” Leggings
- Emily+Ross: Modern Scarves, Vintage Style, Local Perspective
- Émeute - Los Angeles
- VOTARY - Knitted Scarf and Blanket Collection
- A Gentleman’s Surf Collection by Wellen
- Alder New York
- Iva Jean: Bike Fashion for Women, Spring 2013
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The Grunion Run makes well-tailored clothing for groomsmen that’s affordable and stylish. The project of a wife-and-husband team from LA, this small-scale operation produces apparel that can both stand out at a wedding and earn a spot in your closet afterward. Try this Project of the Day on for size.
Hats for winter waves.
You have to be a little crazy to surf in New England all winter long.
The small team at N.E. Surf definitely loves to shred as the temperature dips, but that doesn’t mean these wave junkies don’t appreciate a little warmth. So they’ve partnered with a couple of local farms and designed a line of beanies made from natural, untreated sheep and alpaca yarn to keep you toasty before and after a wintry dip.
Nothing crazy about that — these handsome hats are the Project of the Day.
We get a lot of questions from women who want to wear men’s suits, but have a hard time with the fitting. Some women have bodies that work decently with menswear, but the honest truth is that it’s hard to fit a woman’s body into a men’s suit - they’re very differently shaped, and the suit is an unforgiving garment. I usually recommend that women and trans folks with feminine bodies just go custom, but that can obviously be prohibitively expensive.
This cool Kickstarter project, Saint Harridan, aims to change that. Their goal is to produce reasonably-priced suiting, shirts and ties for people with womanly bodies but masculine fashion senses. I’m not aware of any off-the-rack options for these folks, and I think it’d be a big step forward. A pledge of just $540 gets you a suit if they’re produced, and that strikes me as a worthwhile investment. Good luck, Saint Harridan!
Women on two wheels.
Ann DeOtte’s designs solve a basic problem: Can you bike in comfort and dress with style?
Her clever answer is Iva Jean, a line of functional clothing for women cyclists that works on and off your ride. DeOtte’s pieces employ just a few clever nips and tucks to seamlessly transition from road to office.
Take the Reveal skirt, pictured above. The tailored skirt unzips in the back to expose additional fabric for easy pedaling, and features a high-waisted cut for comfortable coverage. It’s safety first and fashion forward at the same time — and it’s also our Project of the Day.
Constrvct is a user-generated fashion label that transforms your images into digital textiles, and then sews your fabric into clothes.
This recent design — rendered as a sleeveless dress — just might be the most inspiring yet. After successfully funding a private beta test of the process through Kickstarter, the creators have opened up their idea to the general public.
Architectural design by dartprojekt
Craft the ’80s.
Lindsey Porter makes homemade felt accessories inspired by outdated technology from the 1980s. She carefully sketches out her retro fantasies on paper before transforming them, by hand, into functional items.
Taking cues from vintage mixtapes found in thrift stores, she adorns each item with hand-stitched messages and retro-themed graphics. Nostalgia has never felt better.
Take it for a ride.
Ann DeOtte started designing out of a basic need — she rode her bike on a daily basis, and had trouble transitioning from bike-appropriate gear to her workday. So why not just create her own line of clothing that would be as casually fashionable as it was functional? The answer to that question is Iva Jean.
DeOtte’s pieces employ just a few clever nips and tucks to ease the transition from road to office. Take the Reveal Skirt, pictured above. The tailored skirt unzips in the back to expose additional fabric for easy pedaling, and features a high-waisted cut for comfortable coverage. Other pieces to look out for are the Everyday Blouse and the Two-Way Reflective Vest, which is reflective on one side and minimal chic on the other.
Felt like a good idea.
When you think about jewelry, words like “precious” or “antique” might come to mind. But when Montana Shrader thinks about jewelry, she envisions accessories that are vibrant, durable, and modern. So she founded Tacti Design, and started churning out pieces of felt jewelry in imaginative, geometric designs. We like.
Shrader draws inspiration from the natural world around her, then sketches each design by hand before having them laser-cut out of colorful, super-soft felt.
Her collection includes earrings, necklaces, and bracelets — all of which are available to backers — but if you’re the DIY type, she’s also offering an instructional PDF that will teach you how to make your very own.