Vermeulen & Co. by Bree and Kyra
Their two lives converged in the costume department of the American Conservatory Theater where they slowly became fast friends. From that launching point Kyra went on to earn her MBA focusing on sustainable fashion, and gain years of hands on experience in the business and finance end of the clothing industry. Bree worked as a stylist, costume designer and in the production end of garment manufacturing. They founded Vermeulen & Co. together in 2011.
is the perfect synergy between studied design and luxurious detail. With a strong focus on fit, garments are created for a woman with curves, whether she's a size 2 or 18.
Collections are borne from their commitment to Slow Fashion. It’s about choosing quality over quantity. It's about valuing yourself, others and our planet in the choices you make. It's about slowing down enough from your life in motion to savor the present.
Myrrhia Fine Knitwear:
Founded in 2010, Myrrhia Fine Knitwear is a socially responsible fashion brand specializing in beautiful knitwear that is made ethically in Oakland, California.
We make clothes that are not costumes, not armor, not uniforms, but a form of self-expression.
Consciously creating in a no-waste process, we work only with yarns and fibers that are grown and spun in the USA- choosing local and organic whenever possible. Our inspiration is self actualization: to reach one’s full potential, to express and activate all one’s capacities.
Evarize: By Erica Varize
Erica Varize, an award winning designer, is passionate about intertwining the idea of urban chic with retro bohemian styles, creating a bold expression of authenticity and sophistication. She is highly favored for her use of top of the line domestic jersey knits as well as exquisite hand-printed woven fabrics that she purchases and hand picks from Uganda.
Nneka: By Penelope Adibe
Penelope was born and raised in North London, England of Immigrant parents- her mother is German, father Nigerian. Attending school in London she was surrounded by students with backgrounds from all over the world, this multi-cultural environment shaped her thinking and personality from an early age. Penelope captures her most basic feelings about clothes: that clothing is one of the earliest and most basic forms of human expression - that line, shape and the cut make a garment and rich fine textured materials combined with a variety of color palettes are the finish.
Jeaja: By Paula
She makes clothing that fits you beautifully. Pieces that brighten and compliments all your good stuff. That adds to the adventure of who you are and strengthens your presence.
Jeaja fabric comes from what is already available. She looks for luscious rayon jerseys in vibrant jewel tones , vintage silks and wools, retro prints, classic stripes, essential black knits, stretch wovens that can hold a belly in like a pair of spanx. I find all this and more from bolt ends, surplus or discarded from factories, salvaged from businesses gone under and donated to places like the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse. Jeaja does not order new fabric to be made at a fabric mill, we can more than make do with what is available- we can actually flourish.
Yaza by: Namgyal
was created in 2013 by two Tibetan American sisters in memory of their loving father. When the sisters arrived in San Francisco bay area they brought with them centuries of tradition inherited from their diaspora roots, a penchant for design and a love of the fabrics, threads, colors and craftsmanship that was handed down from the Indian and Nepalese people they encountered along their lifelong journey. Their multi-cultural background, managing their mother’s boutique in Nepal and their father’s devotion to humane business practices all fueled the seed of Yaza.
At Yaza, their entire family, from designer to seamstress to delivery driver is committed to sharing the richness of the travels of nomadic people, those before us who reached the peaks of the Himalayas and the valleys of Kham. Their story is one of adaptability, vision, survival and global observation.
Yaza mission is to provide every woman beautiful garments that have centuries of tradition sewn into every stitch drawing on her inner-style and adding a global aesthetic to enlighten the world in which she moves.