Grey Antics is a collaboration between Grant Krajecki, a former costume designer, and Natalie Levy, Grant's former intern(!), who decided to make a go at designing their own label. Inspired by the greatest motivator, the realization that no one else had ever done what they wanted to do, they created the classy, fun, and rebellious line of women's apparel.
Noémiah is Noémie Vaillancourt, a gifted jewelry designer from Montreal. Feathers represent an endless source of inspiration for her. Whether long and delicate or bushy and oversized, the designer uses them to play with lengths, shapes and contrasts. Each collection is inspired by a season, a color, or a trip and is an invitation to a constantly renewed universe.
Something Else is a creative collective of fashion, art, and nature by Natalie Wood. Founder of cult label Sample and experimental art and fashion project Beauty of Nature, she is also creative director of skate and surf label Insight. Something Else is a place to focus her love of nature and seasonal change into an effortlessly wearable line of women's apparel.
Ace & Jig:
Ace & Jig is Cary Vaughan and Jenna Wilson. A main drive behind Ace & Jig was to find clarity. We wanted to create a seasonless women’s collection loosely based on one fabrication: our own yarn-dye woven fabric. We wanted to create effortless clothes where the fabric could speak for itself. Our search led us to India where we found our ideal manufacturer. Textile specialists for over twenty-five years, our partner has an ancient hand loom on site where we can work with the weavers one on one. Equally important, they share our same morals and values while practicing the holistic kaizen philosophy of continuing to improve. Not only do they provide free childcare, but they also use reclaimed water to grow organic produce for their employees.
Beetle and Flor:
Our aim at Beetle and Flor is to give people in disadvantaged communities an opportunity to earn a fair income in a sustainable, creative way. Our projects vary from commissioning individual artisans to craft our own products, to providing low-cost or free design assistance to already established artisan coalitions who wish to spice up their traditional creations to better fit a design-savy market. For each project we strive to use natural fibers, dyes, and recycled materials.
Dear Creatures is for vibrant individuals who desire unique clothing that reflect their own personal freshness and charm. It all started on a whim in 2007 by Bianca Benitez, who hailed from a merchandising background, and Rob Sinclair, creator of the men's clothing label Brown Sound. Since the day the pair met, they have been cultivating each other's creativity and their own common love for decades past and unique perspective on design to create an overall aesthetic of clean, classic style. Harmonizing traditional elements with a modern sensibility, Dear Creatures offers a full women's and men's collections which spins sentimental tales of whimsy season after season. With an understanding of decades past, Dear Creatures interprets each season with an eye for visual optimism. Dear Creatures looks to the future of fashion, with a nod to the past.
In her small tenement apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Erica made her first pieces of jewelry. These were meant to be her creative outlet after an unsatisfying workday at a fashion industry job, but her designs got a lot of attention from friends and colleagues. Erica joined forces with Lindsay Salmon, who shared a love of precious heirlooms, and launched a line of unique pieces with a sense of history that people could wear to work, to the bar, to the beach, without worrying about losing an irreplaceable treasure. Together they travel the world finding interesting objects to transform into wearable pieces. They continue to develop jewelry that’s attractive, unusual, playful, and innovative. All of their jewelry is assembled in NYC, and they offset 300% of their carbon output through www.carbonfund.org.
Everyday or Eternal:
Everyday or Eternal is a Los Angeles based clothing line created by Kathy Trang. The collection is contemporary-meets-whimsical-femininity crossed with simplistic-meets-sophisticated. Influenced by Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, Trang’s shapes range from billowy to formfitting. Everyday or Eternal’s shirting is inspired by menswear and constructed from soft, feminine knit fabrics that feel good to touch and wear. Every piece is made from organic cottons, sustainable fabrics, and ramie.
Les Enfants Sauvages:
Les Enfants Sauvages was founded by French-Canadian Cultural Anthropology student Marie-Christine Quenneville, who is devoted to fashion, vintage, textile, and weirdness. She believes in the mystical power of wearing bright colors, and has worked extensively on ritualistic shamanic costumes of Siberia as well as Russian wedding headpieces. Les Enfants Sauvages creates neo-ethno classic collections meant to present a new take on exoticism, in a subtle and harmonious manner. All pieces are lovingly handmade at a studio in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, using the finest fabric, mostly natural fiber, wool, cotton and silk.
Neneee is a collection designed by Valerie King, which features comfy and fashionable daily wear for awesome gals. King draws most of her inspiration from street style, art, eccentricities, music, movies, literature, pop culture, and that one good hour of insight right before she’s about to fall asleep. She handmakes or reconstructs each item from scratch, and each design is created in limited run. Some of her favorite things to work with include quirky fabrics, graphic tees, secondhand garments, vintage pieces, and anything sustainable.
Snoozer Loser is a New York-based line of separates created by Sonia Tay. Tay's label is not marketed as "100% sustainable," she says, "because that would be nearly impossible." Instead she takes an eco-conscious approach to fashion; she mixes her dyes at an artist's commune in the Berkshires and works with vintage fabrics. Each item is printed with love and care in the Snoozer Loser studio using eco-friendly pigments individually crafted for each piece.
TakeOffYourClothes features collections designed by Benjamin Reingold. It is a clothing and accessories line that reconfigures discarded and basic materials into new forms of fashion. The goal of TakeOffYourClothes is to create pieces that are raw: radical, accessible, and wearable. It is an invitation to free your personal style.