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The reason yarn-whisperer Mandy Kordal is so good at what she does? She’s perfectly happy letting the textiles speak for themselves. “I don’t sketch before I have a yarn. I’ll get the yarn in, knit a bunch of swatches, combine them together—it’s once I have those things in front of me that I get a clear idea of what the garments are going to look like,” she explains of her process. After getting experience at established labels like Betsey Johnson and Doo.ri (R.I.P.), Mandy took to Kickstarter, launching a campaign in 2012 to fund her namesake line. Not only did this effort help her raise cash to pay for materials and her booth at a trade show but it also earned her a write-up the New York Times.
Her made-in-NYC pieces, which range from loose-fitting tanks to asymmetrical dresses, play with texture and show off techniques that add a little something-something (think dropped-stitch detailing and mesh-like panels). “I love seeing how you can take a fiber and start from nothing,” she says about her affinity to knitwear. “It’s really nice to know that you made something literally from scratch—you’ve even made the fabric.” —koun bae
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Key to the City Take an All-Day Bike Tour of Brooklyn With Mandy Kordal
Doesn’t this sound wheelie fun?