Featured Indie Designer – Dismantled Fashions

Meet Emily of Dismantled Fashions!

Dismantled FashionsName: Emily
Hometown: Fredericksburg, VA
Current Location: Same. But Richmond has my heart!

How did your interest in fashion begin? I’ve always loved clothes. I think what made me start making them was I’m a pretty tall, oddly proportioned girl. Clothes never looked right, and sure weren’t the style I wanted. My mom is a great seamstress, so I kinda stole her machine one day, had her show me how to thread it, then the rest is history?
What motivated you to start selling your designs and what were your expectations when you started?
Like most DIY designers, I started doing it for myself. Haha, the reason I sold my first piece was I made a skirt too small for myself, so decided to sell it because I can’t stand just throwing stuff away. Then it actually sold, so I made more. Looking back, they were so bad! This was probably 5 years ago, so at the start, I had no expectations. I was just a bored kid. The past three or so years I decided to get serious. Real life expectations? Still pretty low. I just want to have fun doing what I love, and if people get to be fabulously dressed at the same time, then that sounds great to me.
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Featured Indie Designer – Boober Cakes

Meet Jes of Boober Cakes!

Boober CakesName: Jes Zamora
23 big ones
Hometown: I’ve lived all over, but I guess my hometown would be Chesterfield Michigan
Current Location: ^_^ same as above, good ol’ Chesterfield =P
How did your interest in fashion begin? I guess it began in my early teens, when I had a huge desire to be unique. It didn’t make sense to me, to shop at the same stores, and buy the same things as the rest of the “punks” in order to be unique, so I started making my own stuff. It started off super basic.. I’d draw on shirts with fabric markers, I’d sew a purse for myself. After a while it progressed into making altered t-shirts, and even some shirts and skirts from scratch. Whatever I felt I needed at the time.
What motivated you to start selling your designs and what were your expectations when you started? I tried it for fun after making something for myself that ended up to big. I put it on ebay, thinking it would just be fun to see if anyone bid at all, not expecting anything from it. After that I became addicted. It quickly became very time and money consuming. I’d make some money, I’d spend it on some more materials, or a new machine… just snowballed from there. Read more…

Featured Indie Designer – Denise5151

This week spotlights the unique designs by Denise of Denise5151!

Denise5151 Your Name: Denise Anderson
Bay Area-Fremont, CA
Current Location: Lincoln, CA

How did your interest in fashion begin? Well, like most women I’ve always loved clothes. As a young girl I often had ideas of what I thought would look good on me or what I would like to find while shopping. When my ideas weren’t what I was finding in the stores, I would get motivated to attempt to make it myself. My mother taught me to sew early on and because she worked and didn’t have the time, she would buy patterns and have me make clothes for my little sister. Additionally, I took a sewing class in Junior High School that helped fine tune my basic skills. I’ve always loved having the ability to modify and/or create my own clothes.Read more…

Featured Indie Designer – Spicy Toast

Our newest interview is with a designer who gives her unique & feminine clothing a vintage twist. Meet Erika of Spicy Toast!!

Spicy ToastYour Name: Erika Tryon
Age: 26
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Current Location: San Diego, CA

How did your interest in fashion begin? Oh gee, I was a wee little girly when I realized my love for clothing and fashion. I still remember from when I was 5, my favourite one piece shorts jumper! Sky blue and white striped stretch knit with a zipper up the center and flutter sleeve. I also remember quite vividly when my father washed the car with it!!!Spicy Toast
What motivated you to start selling your designs and what were your expectations when you started?
I’ve always been complimented on my fashion sense. People seemed amazed by outfits i’d just put together from thrift store bargains, etc. ever since I can remember. So, I thought, I am sure if I designed my own clothes, people would buy them! I thought, lets give it a try, i’ve got nothing to lose!
Do you have any formal training in fashion, art or design?
No, no formal training, it just flows through my bloodline!
Is Spicy Toast your primary job?
Yes indeedy!
How many people are behind the scenes at Spicy Toast?
Just Me!Read more…