Meet the Designer: Study NY

Based in Brooklyn by way of Montreal, the woman behind Study NY is bringing the next generation of designers up to speed on sustainability.

Tara St. James’ contemporary Brooklyn-based label is the hangover cure to the over consumption of fast fashion. Study NY doesn’t subscribe the regular fashion calendar, instead creating seasonless clothing locally and ethically. Her latest project, Conversations in Craft, looks at the value we put on craftsmanship through a line of embroidered sweatshirts. A run of sweatshirts were made in their Brooklyn studio and sent to Peru, Afghanistan, and elsewhere in the USA to be embroidered. Each country was given a pre-designed embroidery pattern, a fixed spending amount of $24, and instructions to stop working once they had reached the limits of their countries respective wages. Wage differences are comparable by how far the country made it with the pattern. The finished pieces are now being sold on the Study NY website and the project can be seen at Parsons. If that doesn’t inspire you to learn more about where your clothes come from, we don’t know what will.

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