I like to think of the contents of my closet as the way to portray my true self to the world. So as you might imagine, I try to make wise decisions when choosing new pieces to add to my collection. Luckily, companies like Minneapolis-based Hackwith Design House create clothing that makes that choice a no-brainer.
Started by art school grad Lisa Hackwith, Hackwith Design House (HDH) began in 2010 after Lisa learned—and quickly fell in love with—the art of sewing. Rather than venture into mass-production, Hackwith wanted pieces that were special—"the highlight of your closet." HDH amps up Hackwith's already unique aesthetic with hand-dyed or dipped pieces, and the brand only produces twenty-five pieces of each style—that way, you know you are one of a select few people in the world who owns it.
HDH is shaking up traditional ideas of production too. Rather than producing season-by-season collections, the line releases a new style online each Monday. The pieces are also sold in boutiques, but rather than selling a standard collection to shops, they collaborate with each boutique to design and “create a piece that equally represents our clothing and their shop.”
The brand is starting to move beyond fashion with “Tasseltry,” which recycles all of HDH's scrap fabric into beautiful wall hangings. They produced such distinctive home décor that it grew into HDH's latest venture, Makers Alongside Hackwith Design House, in which they collaborate with artists and makers from around the country to design exclusive, limited-edition items. Keep your eye out in the Goods section of HDH’s website starting May 7 to see new items introduced the first and third Wednesdays of each month.
In a world of mass-production, especially in the fashion industry, it's refreshing to be reminded that our clothes can be unique —just like the women wearing them.