Watching impeccably hand-sewn, original garments come down the runway, it’s easy to assume that that clothing is beyond the normal person’s reach. But that’s the beauty of StyleWeek: the emerging designers that it connects to audiences are acces- sible, affordable and easy to order custom clothing from.
“The general public isn’t used to the idea of approaching a designer to create something custom from scratch,” says StyleWeek Creative Director Jonathan Joseph Peters. “The benefits of working with a designer one-on-one are an unlimited bank of ideas that can come from consultation with the designer, about anything from color to fabrication to price point, and of course silhouette and size.”
There’s nothing quite like owning a designer original, especially when you can work with a designer to create it.The best part is how surprisingly affordable it is to work with StyleWeek’s emerging designers.“On the whole,” Jonathan contintues,“any customer can approach a designer and end up walking away with a custom, tailor-made garment that costs no more than you would pay at a department store.”
In an attempt to connect their designs to the public, six StyleWeek designers are opening a design collaborative this fall in Providence’s renovated Arcade Building. Nude: Local Talent Exposed will house the designs of Kent Stetson, Jess Abernethy, Sarah Prost, Susan Troy, Amy Stetkiewicz and Jonathan Joseph Peters. “All of the designers will be offering off the rack clothing and custom garments,” Jonathan says. “Everyone involved makes all of their clothing by hand, so you’ll be able to buy designer handmade originals.”
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