The job search ended before it even began. Sewing became a compulsion. I started small, designing a plushie, moving on to more complicated constructions. I took the plushies to the 1st Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago. The Pure Detroit Design Lab opened soon after. It was to carry local independent designer's designs. By then, I had done my first fashion show on the steps of the esteemed Cranbrook Art Museum. Just learning as I needed.
The lab was hot! It brought together our little scattered tribe. I had no idea Detroit had so many young designers. I knew we were home to Anna Sui, Pelle Pelle's Marc Buchanan, John Varvatos (who hadn't come out with his own line yet) and a handful of lesser knowns, i.e the shortlived and beautiful Eventide.
It was at the PDDL that I met up with my old pal, Sarah. The rest is history.....
P.S. Sadly, the PDDL closed after 2 brief, happy years. The parent store, Pure Detroit, is alive and well. Happy 11th birthday Sean, Kevin and Aidan!
Below is Wound Menswear's Debut as featured Designer for the PDDL.