5 San Francisco Designers Redefining Bespoke Fashion For Fall 2017 – Forbes
Looking for original and beautifully made fashion just got easier this Fall. Five exceptional designers are reviving the bespoke clothing movement in San Francisco. They are Myrrhia Resnick, Camelia Skikos, Mahsa Gharahgozli, Jessie Lui and Which Kim and they are building brands that focus on sustainability and mindful practices while also offering unique designs with interesting details, beautiful fabric mixes and stunning craftsmanship.
Why you should know about them. Quality in fashion, is something you recognize at first sight. Even when you can’t see the lines of stitches inside a collar that make it curve perfectly, or see the bias hemmed seams that create flawless fit, you can feel the love and care that has imbued the clothing. Finding designers who can combine great aesthetics with ingenuity and purpose is rare and why these five designers are worthy of being recognized on the international fashion stage.
San Francisco isn’t a city known for fashion like New York and Los Angeles. Words like, perfect fabric mixes, ingenuity, elegance, and refined silhouettes aren’t usually what come to mind when people talk about fashion in the Bay Area. You’re much more likely to hear people talk about Silicon Valley hipsters in jeans and tee shirts who shop at Pladra and Everlain. It’s a fact that pains those of us who live and love it here. It’s a mystery that continues to baffle, given that San Francisco is home to five strong fashion schools and has a long history of garment manufacturing.
The good news is that out of adversity, the city has developed a new direction. It appears the cost and difficulty of producing in the Bay Area has led to the cities greatest strength. Designers here, have abandoned mass manufacturing and focused instead on quality. Given that more and more Millennials are choosing quality in design, San Francisco’s growing bespoke movement my soon put it back on the fashion map.
Myrrhia Resnick is a passionate knitwear designer, who designs bespoke knitted clothing that is both beautiful and timeless. Knitwear is often an area ignored by fashion. When people think of knits they think of sweaters and tee shirts, not the delicate feminine pointelle dresses or beautifully textured suits that Myrrhia creates. Each piece is designed from the pattern or “fabric” of the knit through the shape. While running Myrrhia Fine Knitwear which she founded in 2010, she consults. She worked with Godley and Peers on the Golden Silk project which used the filaments from 1 million spiders to knit a beautiful golden dress that will soon be on display at the moment. She has also recently found her bliss collaborating with Bolt, an Emeryville based company that has been recently joined by leaders from Nike and gained notice with the addition of Stella McCartney to the board. The company is pioneering new ways to make fabrics from yeast proteins with the hope of eliminating the need for petroleum based materials in fashion. In March, they released a limited edition tie that was woven entirely in their manufactured Spider Silk. Myrrhia sees fashion as “the most intimate art form,” and hopes to be the “antidote for a culture that treats its people and the environment…as disposable.” Clients can enjoy her designs knowing that they have the only version.