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Stephen Loidolt and Shauna Alterio have had quite the history: They met some 13 years ago as undergrads at Kansas City Art Institute before ending up together at grad school at Cranbrook Academy in Michigan, later bopping around a bit, and eventually landing in Philadelphia. The two artists—Stephen’s background is in sculpture, and Shauna’s is in printmaking—have been major influences on each other’s work through the years, and Forage, a bow tie line they launched in the summer of 2010, is a full-blown collaborative effort. Every aspect of each tie—from the fabric-sourcing and hardware-attaching, to the tag-making and boxing—is hand-executed by the duo out of a rehabbed tire factory. Lest you think the ridiculously thoughtful approach might feel like a burden: “When we were first making the bow ties, it almost seemed like Shauna was most excited to be able to package something in these boxes that she had found,” Stephen says.
The name for the line comes from the joy the two take in digging up vintage material, which helps keep the creation process feeling fresh. “For the first collection, we went to New York, and we told ourselves, ‘We better find fabric that we love, or we’re in trouble,’” Shauna explains. “At this antique mall, Stephen found this insane stash of plaids from the forties, and he was like, ‘You mean like this?!’”
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