See How Study Got Way-Serious About Made-in-America
A huge focus for Tara St James of Study lately: Finding a way to produce every component of her line domestically, in as environmentally friendly a way as possible. This doesn’t just entail stitching her cozy, waffle-knit tees and fitted, striped skirts in NYC. It means sourcing cotton in the U.S.A. and dipping into unexpected natural dyes. Do a deep dive into her process.
“Liz Spencer from The Dogwood Dyer dyed the fabric for my Of a Kind edition. I met her through the Textile Arts Center, and she dyes fabrics from natural ingredients she finds around her—in this case, it’s a mix between black tea bags and rust from a vintage waffle iron. Liz found the waffle iron on the grounds of a family friend’s 19th century cabin in upstate New York. We did a whole series of color options using everything that was seasonally available—flowers, plants, and herbs—and these colors turned out the nicest.”
“I do all my production with this small factory in New York’s Garment District. I like keeping everything local because I have more control over the product and quality, and I want to be a part of keeping and creating jobs in New York.”