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STATE clothing honors a thoughtful, mindful, handcrafted approach to fashion. Founded by Adrienne Antonson, while working and living on an alpaca farm in Vashon Island, Washington, the Seattle designer was inspired to develop a clothing line that represented her values. The label embodies a farm to hanger approach, celebrating responsible sourcing as well as innovative design. With a belief that a healthy fashion industry requires a shift in the current mass consumption model, to value quality over quantity, one that supports the work of artisans and small local producers, and values transparency.

Each piece is hand made in the US from organic cotton, reclaimed materials and local fibers. Sourcing cotton from North Carolina, alpaca from Washington Island, and deconstructing vintage clothing from the local environs of Brooklyn. Antonson values the stories that each material brings to her work in terms of depth as well as aesthetic, each material with its own history. The farm to hanger philosophy of the collection informs the brand’s aesthetic, but also their material choices, as well as the construction of each design. Each single item in the collection is unique, and one of a kind, or part of a very limited edition, many of which involve enormous amounts handy work, including stitching, felting and hand painting. Irregularities and variations are honored and exploited through their one off process of developing unexpected details and sculptural forms.

STATE’s aesthetic is quirky and organic in its aesthetic, not just its origin, featuring chunky, hand knotted waste-textile vests, worn over asymmetric draped skirts, and peasant shirts and vests in a rich array of textiles and intriguing colorways. Hand knotted bandanas add to the country flavor of the collection, but there is an underlying sophistication, self evident through the silhouettes, complex layering and layered contrasts of print, plain, texture and the subtle colorations.

The collection develops in a more organic nature than a traditional seasonal collection, with new pieces added constantly, but not tied to a timeline or deadline. Now based in Brooklyn, New York, the brand has expanded over the past couple of years since it’s founding in 2010, to include an online store, serving as a venue to support their one of a kind items. The collection is also sold at NuBe Green in Seattle, Washington, and they participate in seasonal shows across the country, promoted through their own blog.

Website: www.statethelabel.com

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