Within each group there is usually a business minded one, a blindly artistic one, and the heartthrob. Would say there is a person for each, or are you all a culmination of all three?
I think we are really a culmination of all three, and that's something that makes our relationship special. We all are very focused on the business, and would never make a decision without consulting the other two, and in terms of design, it is completely a collaborative thing, and we literally sit down and design each piece together. Saying that, I do think Jeff and can go more towards the creative, David's more a mix of both, and I can tend to lean more toward the business...but that would be putting things in very black and white terms, which a small business never really can be.
How did you gather inspiration for your Fall 2011 line?
Our inspiration was a sunset over desert landfills... that's where our color palette drew from, and we created a digital print using photos collaged from found garbage where we work, in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Going along with the theme, we used mostly organic fabrics and recyled materials as much as we could.
Are you recouping from Fashion Week Madness?
Well, we haven't had much of a chance yet! Right after the show (a Sunday) we went back to work, and then spent this weekend and Monday at the Rendez-Vous NYC tradeshow, which is more directed towards sales. So I think we're all a bit tired, and very much looking forward to a much-needed long weekend starting Friday. I plan to drink lots of coffee, eat some donuts, and read some books. I can't speak for Jeff and David but I imagine it involves donuts as well.
Did you get a chance to go to other shows?
No, we really didn't get to see too much, we were so caught up in our own madness. We did see the Academy of Art University show at Lincoln Center, which is always interesting, and Jeff went to the Coco and Breezy show- they make really cool accessories.
Do you design with yourself in mind ie do you wear your products?
Yes, very much so. Again, David and Jeff are designing for a woman (at least this season, we didn't do mens) so I can't speak for them, but I want to wear (and usually do) wear every single one of our designs. At the same time, I'm a pretty niche customer, and we want appeal to more than just twenty-year olds. There are pieces every season that we try to make more elagant, subtle, and understated that appeal to multiple generations with great taste.
Meeting at Pratt, do you think that art school actually aided you in your design career (contrary to most art school post-grads)?
Pratt still helps us to this day, since we are part of the Pratt Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation, and they give us this incredible space to do our work in the Navy Yard. I also think being in Brooklyn, and coming from a sort of D.I.Y mentality that you find at art schools, has really helped us. When we can't afford something, be it fabric, or hair extensions, or shoes for our show, we usually find a way to make it or something like it.
As part of the Design Incubator, what practices are you using in order to produce sustainable products?
We use organic cottons, bamboo, and soy blend knits, and organic washed wool and focus on organic materials whenever we can. We try to source locally, and we are very focused on reusing materials. We have used recycled leather in the past that we took from other discarded garments to create new, patchwork leather pieces, and this season we used re-purposed plastic to make piyets.
Favorite place to buy clothing in Brooklyn?
I love Eva Gentry...I can't really buy too much from it, but it has some really special pieces.
Do you have a twentyten celebrity muse?
We always like Grace Jones. Always.
Your playlist for designing?
Law and Order S.V.U? Haha, it depends on the day, and whether we are sewing or not. For designing, we tend to skip the music. It makes it a bit hard to hear each other in the Navy Yard.
Jeff Dodd, David J. Krause, and Nina Zilka : the twentyten designers