SWIA is a collaboration of people who believe getting dressed is fun. We know no limits and love it that way. We believe in the magic of being well dressed and when the world tells us, "No" we wear it anyways. So take a look around and let your clothes liberate you.
Original Inspiration: I have been building up to launching this company my entire adult life. After the glitz and glam of working at London Fashion Week, I knew I was called to the fashion world but I couldn’t quite put my finger on how. Fast forward 7 years after finishing a degree in environmental science and working in sustainability, something was still missing. Temperate became my creative endeavor to merge timeless and unique pieces with sound environmental practices. I obsessively think about everything- from stitch detail, style line and color hue to the farmers who grow the fiber and plant dyes I use.
Why: I started Temperate to change the way people wear and buy clothing. I was partly inspired to launch this company because of the work of natural dyer and incredible community activist, Rebecca Burgess who started the non-profit Fibershed. I have been working on developing the Southeast Fibershed for over a year now, and it is finally starting to gain some momentum. The idea is to cultivate the fertile conditions for localized fiber system economies – to look back at simpler times when people knew who grew the wool, cotton, or indigo they used to make the clothes they needed (much like the local food movement), and then to incorporate it back into the twenty first century. Making honest American clothing through Temperate is my passion, and Fibershed is the vehicle to make a truly sustainable apparel economy. In my mind they go hand in hand.
Storyline for Collection: This collection is all about the break between boundaries – about those moments between nighttime and daybreak or the space between a wisping cloud and a bright blue sky. Oversized style lines influenced from the 1930′s become modern with a flattering fit. Style features like open backs and sides, oversized arms, deep v-necks and waistband-tie closures reflect a comfort level desired in a warm, temperate climate. All pieces are made from cotton grown in Texas and milled in the South. I hand-dye and hand-make each garment here in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
And keep in mind I will be releasing new pieces periodically over the warm weather season!
You can check out the full Temperate line here!