I recently found out about a denim label out of East London, Faustine Steinmetz, that is so special and inspiring and unlike anything I have ever seen in the denim market. They literally make every single part of the denim by hand. From picking out the yarns to dying them and weaving them together to make their version of denim fabric..to then constructing each of the garments by hand. I’m not sure where else I have ever seen this process so transparently in the apparel industry and it is such a refreshing perspective on design and construction. Not only is her concept and process beautiful, but her design aesthetic is way ahead of the curve. The brand is innovative and producing ideas in denim that have never been done before such as working with metallic, wire threads to enable 3-D creasing throughout the garment as well as experimenting with a soft and unstructured knit fabric, in such a fine and open construction that it creates a semi-sheer aspect to the garment. The videos below blew me away and I had to share. This is some serious craftmanship at its finest.
Here is a video about her process that includes hand-dyeing, hand-painting, hand-weaving, hand-shredding, hand-embroidering, hand-knotting and hand-sewing – whew!
Here is a shot of that 3-d creased jean and take a look at her website to see more of her innovative collection. You can special order her collection online and it can also be found at Opening Ceremony (of course they are on it!).