All things pieced together
This month we are wild about all things pieced together. We are featuring a select few designers who used patchwork or quilting principles to create these special pieces. We hope you love them as much as we do! Click here to shop our selections for February!
NEW FRIENDS: New Friends is Alexandra Segreti and Kelly Rakowski. Alex and Kelly first connected on the internet with a shared love of textiles and eccentric visuals. They began working on weavings together, apart. Months later they met IRL, shared their work and became New Friends. New Friends live in Brooklyn and Philadelphia.
AKI GOTO: Aki Goto is a multi media artist/fashion designer in NY. She makes one-of-a-kind clothes only with repurposed fabrics donated by her people since it represents her life- that is woven with multi elements but also she is actually (re)creating through them as her own creation. She also expresses the sustainable possibility of creation/life without purchasing on the materials. Most of her clothes are hand sewn.
MON POUCET: ”Mon Poucet” was started 2013 by creative director of United Bamboo, Miho Aoki. Around the childbirth of her first son, she stared to realize how the fabrics you wear are as important as what you eat and what you put on your skin. With her son, she started to experiment with materials that are organically grown or naturally dyed to feel the difference from the unconscious materials. This experience led her to believe in slow & clean fashion – a fashion which is ethical as well as providing comfort for the skin & body with innovative edge. “Mon Poucet” strives to create pieces that use Organic and Natural materials whenever possible. “Mon Poucet” uses pure materials from nature to inspire people to think about sustainability and the future of our planet.
AUNTIE OTI: Auntie Oti searches India for domestic articles essential to the everyday life of this rich and multi-cultural society. Ordinary consumer items are often produced on a local level. This results in commodities that differ not only region to region, but also village to village. Many goods are made at home on a lone loom and each piece is personified by the individual hand of a skilled artisan. While no two lots are alike, each is beautiful in its unique way. Each piece can delight in its own singular way. Humble and practical items are often multi-purposed in their functions. A gent’s woolen shawl becomes an impromptu blanket. The utilitarian gamcha is a towel, a neck scarf, or a head wrap to keep the sun out. Unadorned simplicity and versatility is why they continue to endure in the pragmatic culture of India today. A seemingly infinite variety exists within a single category. Plain weave towels with their ever-changing borders, patterns, sizes and color combinations still serve the simple purpose of drying oneself after a bath or doing the dishes after dinner. Even mill woven and machine made goods differ according to the nuances of time, the availability of materials and the area where they are made. All are beautiful.
MADLUV CO-OP: MadLuv Co-op was founded in 2008 by French designer Magali Bénézet. Originally from South of France, Magali moved to New York City in 2000. She graduated from France and later furthered her education in Fashion Design at the New York Fashion Institute of Technology while working as Creative Director for Quadrille Couture; a Women’s line of custom tailored clothing with fine home decor textiles. MadLuv Co-op was born from a passion and love for textiles, textures, patterns, colors, sewing techniques, art, interior and fashion design. It strives to combine and infuse the spirit of these passions in each of its creations. As a cooperative, MadLuv is also thrilled to collaborate on some limited edition collections with renowned contemporary artists and translate their work into one of a kind fiber pieces. All MadLuv creations are currently handmade with mad luv in Brooklyn, NY!