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Got It Made

The GREI. Guys Get their Home Depot On

Got It Made BY jane-claire quigley 10/28/2013

Andrew Spargo of the super-sophisticated, gender-neutral accessories line GREI. is really into Home Depot. Like, really. “He’s obsessed,” says his partner (in business and life!) Larry Paul. But, hey, his infatuation comes in handy: He uses his finds—from ceramic tiles to clothespins—to evolve the label’s patternmaking and dyeing processes. Check out three of the projects that, per Larry, have reaped the benefits.

 

PONCHO

 

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“Three pins held together with masking tape separate the fabric while mini clips serve as weights to keep the fabric in line and beneath the surface of the liquid.”

 

“These are the ponchos drying. The darker areas are freshly dipped, and the lighter areas have already been dyed, washed, and prepped for the second step.”

 

MILL MERCANTILE CURTAINS

 

“Our friends Todd and Carl of Mill Mercantile in San Francisco asked us to make fitting-room curtains that resemble one of our most popular scarves. They have a huge appreciation for indigo and really get into it. The panels were so big we had to come up with a system that would allow us to dip yardage while maintaining a steady hand for long periods of time.”

 

“We used large tubes to roll the fabric, ladders for stability, and a large storage bin as the bath that could handle the full width of the fabric. Cameo appearance by our trusty Home Depot bucket!”

 

“The tubes helped us to achieve precise lines with multiple dips in a given area.”

 

INDIGO SILK 64 SQUARE SCARF

 

“We offer a few styles that don’t change from season to season. One of them is a geometric design executed using the ancient Japanese shibori technique, which uses resist dyeing to make patterns through folding, twisting, and binding the fabric. Think ancient tie-dye.”

 

“We fold the silk, and then compress it between two laminate tiles using metal spring clamps. The best thing about this method? The tiles are samples, so they’re free!”

 

“Here, the scarves drying. It’s important to get a high contrast between dips, because a lot of color is lost when washing silk.”

 

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