“There is a segment of the population that wants to wear what other people recognize, and then there are our customers,” explains Lauren Dreiling of Hopestone Studio. “They travel and want their wardrobe to match.”
Danielle Gori-Montanelli is not afraid of color. She began her career as a figurative painter, and spent 15 years as a metalsmith.
Anja Broenink of Anya SF studied fashion design in the Netherlands, and worked for several years in the fashion industry in Paris and Amsterdam before making the transatlantic move to San Francisco, where she launched her clothing line in 2003.
“I am absolutely obsessed with bamboo fiber,” exclaims Anna Shapiro of Annaesthetic in Staunton, Va. Not only is it an eco-friendly, sustainable material, bamboo fiber also has a beautiful drape, slight sheen and is lightweight, allowing customers to wear her dresses, scarves and wraps year-round.
Wearable art isn’t what it was 20 years ago. American designers are mixing tailored patterns with bold colors to create garments that appeal to a wide range of ages and body types.
Say goodbye to the days of oversized, loose-fitting jackets, tops and coats. Artists know what customers want
Jen Swearington took a winding road to her career as a full-time clothing designer. “Growing up in an unremarkable place made me want to get out, to travel,” she says. And she did.
The Indiana native hopped from the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis to a short-lived apprenticeship at a tattoo shop in Gary, all the way to the Pratt Institute in New York City to study sculpture. And she still wasn’t sated. So she applied to the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she earned her master’s degree in fibers in 2000.