Gone are the days when arts and crafts were considered a frumpy affair. Tired of feeling like fast-fashion clones, a surge of nimble-fingered youngsters is spearheading a revival of indie handmade fashion. And a mushrooming network of crafter community e-commerce sites is following suit, including Etsy.com and Notonthehighstreet.com.
“The crafter scene has exploded,” says 23-year-old Emma Ferguson, who launched her eponymous brand in December. Embroidered purses, sweatshirts, brooches and buttons are some of the handmade wares she sells in a shared market stall in Brick Lane, London, as well as through her Web site and online stores such as Bettyjoy.co.uk, Bonbiforest.com and the soon-to-be-launched site Idontlikemondays.us.
Hermès is launching a Laundromat pop-up shop in NYC - dubbed Hermèsmatic - where customers can bring their old scarves to be dip-dyed by an expert. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews (📷: @donstahl)