Michelle Baldwin and Michelle Taylor-Spearman want to save the world in style.
On a trip to Nepal, the entrepreneurs, who previously worked in the textile business, became enamored with a diamond fiber cashmere made from the underbelly of the capra hircus goat. While they found the fabric beautiful, soft and light to the touch, the working conditions of the local women who weave the fabric weren’t up to par.
So in creating TDM Design, the duo decided to give back. The women who make their handwoven, dyed and sometimes ruched silk, bamboo and merino wool scarves are offered abovemarket compensation and access to education and health care, courtesy of TDM Design. The scarves hit stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Scoop and Henri Bendel in the spring and the company is now expanding into wraps and small knit accessories. Wholesale prices range from $37 to $295. The company now provides medical care to 125 children, and is looking to make an even bigger mark on Nepal. “Our goal is to eventually build a school,” says Baldwin.
“I’ve struggled my whole life to find a bathing suit that fits me that doesn’t look like a maternity bra. I’m proud of the line because it’s an accurate representation of me rather than me putting on someone else’s clothes,” says @atlantabean of her swimwear collaboration with @piaarrobio, LPA X ATL. The two decided on a swimwear collab and increased the industry standard size for the pieces. Read more about the line — and our interview with de Cadenet Taylor and Arrobio — on WWD.com #wwdfashion
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“From concept to creation, my goal was to create beautiful pieces, with a variety of sizes, all at affordable prices,” said @joansmalls of the swimwear and intimate apparel she designed for @smartandsexysocial. The collection includes neon laced bras, sheer bodysuits and swimwear separates. The intimates collection will launch in July, while the swimwear collection will be available for purchase on Tuesday at select @walmart stores, walmart.com and smartandsexy.com. #wwdfashion