Lindsey Thornburg always wanted to be different. Growing up in Aspen, Colorado, in the nineties, she took up snowboarding—a new-ish sport back then—listened to underground punk, and scoured vintage stores for the tiniest T-shirts she could find.After design school, Lindsey moved to New York, where she pieced together flowing dresses out of scraps of vintage fabrics. But it was a trip to Machu Picchu—spurred by a “quarter-life crisis” (her words!)—that really molded Lindsey’s aesthetic into what it is now. Combining traditional Incan costume silhouettes with the motifs of her Western upbringing, she began cutting up her grandfather’s old Pendleton blankets, turning them into amazing Technicolor dream cloaks. “It’s really comforting to have a blanket around you all the time,” she says. “It feels good; it lifts your spirit.”
That beatific philosophy has stuck with Lindsey as she’s grown her line to include otherworldly dresses, breezy sweaters, and David Bowie-worthy blazers—her designs are at once defiant and respectful. “It’s important to get down to the roots of nature and the planet,” she explains. “Just sitting by a tree and tripping out on why that tree is so beautiful…and taking all that information back and putting it into clothing.” —raquel laneri
BEHIND THE SCENES
She can take a pretty picture…and then transform it into something you can wear.
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Their story is one of those that make you want to watch a Nicholas Sparks movie.