patches from india

i love the one-of-a-kind patched bf jeans we just got in, but i love ‘em even more now that i know the story behind them. read on for merrie’s story about the inspiration behind these unique, one-of-a-kind jeans.

“we recently met a young woman from kutch, a desert area in the state of gujarat in india. she had a huge collection of tribal embroideries, which we bought to piece with delicate embroidered net from a market in Delhi and patch onto vintage denim.
we have always loved making clothes out of vintage pieces, cutting them up and adding bits of trims from another era, some tribal embroidery or some old denim. we had already created a small workshop in india where we make most of our store fixtures…embroidered hangers, cane stools, dressing room curtains, beaded chandeliers…etc. adding a few sewing machines to that set-up seemed the next step.
now we are able to find assorted fabrics in the markets, collect trims we love, and put them in the newest silhouettes for the stores within a month or so of the initial inspiration. the assorted fabrics keep that one-of-a-kind feel, while making several of the same silhouette allows us to keep the prices reasonable.
we’ll send a photo of our happy workshop soon. on any given day, there might be: men sitting under the mango trees, hand weaving cane stools for the showroom in new york…tailors sewing prototypes for our next fp one season…wood carvers making doors for our newest fp store…pinwheel makers sitting in the grass making hundreds of paper pinwheels for our next display…anshu the gardener’s son studying his abc’s…it is quite a group effort!”
thanks merrie! can’t wait to see some photos!

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Comments

tina -November 6, 2009, 2:14PM

makes me want to cover a whole pair of jeans with patches!

Myra Manning -November 6, 2009, 4:07PM

I really think that clothing patches in general are going to be an emerging trend over the next couple of years, and there are very few limits to how many/how large they can be. It’s definitely an inspiring story.

Rashmi Guruprasad -November 6, 2009, 7:24PM

I have walked the markets of Delhi and Gujrat and always felt that these artisans deserve more attention. These patches on jeans is just ingenious. Trust FP to come up with unique stuff like this. Every FP store feels like a home away from home for me. Truly inspiring.

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