We were thrilled to take part in a panel discussion last weekend at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, on Prototyping Fashion's Futures - even if we didn't feel properly dressed!
The Museum is hosting an exhibition this summer called Fashioning Cascadia: the Social Life of the Garment. This discussion was part of a day-long symposium, examining indie apparel from several aesthetic and economic angles. There were so many interesting comments. This excerpt focuses largely on what the panelists said was a key problem across brands - finding people to put their products together.
April moderated, and here's a list of the panelists.
- Elizabeth Dye - A designer based in Portland known largely for bridal. Former owner of the English Department, a downtown boutique and open studio that Elizabeth owned and operated for 8 years.
- Jennifer Guarino - VP of leather goods at Shinola, which is in the process of creating a heritage brand from Detroit. Formerly, Guarino was CEO of JL Hume Co.
- Britt Howard and Rosemary Robinson - founders of Portland Garment Factory, an independent, lady-owned manufacturing house in PDX that produces work for clients as well as designing and manufacturing their own line, HOUSELINE.
- Davora Lindner - co-founder, co-designer and head of marketing at Prairie Underground, an independent clothing line designed in Seattle and cut-and-sewn in LA with sustainable materials made of organic cotton and hemp.