Meet the Makers at Textile Arts Center’s New Shop

Goodlifer: A New Shop and Designer Initiatives at the Textile Arts Center

Last week, the Textile Arts Center in Manhattan threw a fashion week party to celebrate the launch of their new shop. Many of TAC’s artist and designer friends came out to support textile arts and the local fashion/maker community at large.

Goodlifer: A New Shop and Designer Initiatives at the Textile Arts Center

Smocks by STATE

Goodlifer: A New Shop and Designer Initiatives at the Textile Arts Center

Unique, colorful designer necklaces

Abigail Doan spoke with Adrienne Antonson, TAC’s Marketing and Retail Manager, textile artist, and founder of the Brooklyn-based label STATE regarding the mission of the new SHOP and related programming, and she shared the following:

“The SHOP is a platform that showcases the skills and aesthetic of TAC’s contemporary textile design network. The space is a representation of our textile community – designers, instructors, and students and the work they make using both age-old and modern textile methods.”

Goodlifer: A New Shop and Designer Initiatives at the Textile Arts Center

Danielle top by Kordal

Goodlifer: A New Shop and Designer Initiatives at the Textile Arts Center

Goodlifer: A New Shop and Designer Initiatives at the Textile Arts Center

Madisonville shoes by Lindsay Degen

“This retail platform introduces the work of these designers to our audience and focuses the conversation on process, execution, and style. The store will also be a welcoming event space that showcases the methods of designers by offering workshops and demos that highlight our monthly collaboration series – an exclusive collection from a designer or brand that is available only through the TAC shop and online store. The regular series will include the product, an opening event, storefront window installation, and demos or workshops about the process used to make the design. We aim for these collaborations to expose our audience to new brands, techniques, and items that they’ll want to add to their collection.  The TAC SHOP is unique in being able to offer an educational component to the shopping experience. It’s where we stand apart, and what we do best.”

Goodlifer: A New Shop and Designer Initiatives at the Textile Arts Center

Katrin Reifeiss Current Tank

Goodlifer: A New Shop and Designer Initiatives at the Textile Arts Center

Kindah Khalidy Party All The Time Kit

We believe that the SHOP is a natural extension of the Textile Arts Center’s community and message, and hope that it inspires, educates, and brings fantastic style to the masses.

Goodlifer: A New Shop and Designer Initiatives at the Textile Arts Center

Kristin Morrison’s AIR Sewing Apron made exclusively for TAC

Goodlifer: A New Shop and Designer Initiatives at the Textile Arts Center

Embroidered blocks by Parkho

The spirit at both TAC’s Manhattan and Brooklyn locations is truly contagious, and the new 26 West 8th Street store is a brilliant solution to shopping with substance and direct connection to the makers. When else does educating yourself about your purchases also include access to the tools, methods, and instruction that goes into making fashion more accessible and frankly, far more inclusive?

Goodlifer: A New Shop and Designer Initiatives at the Textile Arts Center Goodlifer: A New Shop and Designer Initiatives at the Textile Arts Center

Visit The Textile Art Center’s new Manhattan Shop at 26 West 8th Street in NYC or shop online.

Learn more about all of TAC’s workshops and upcoming classes here.

top photo: Study NY’s new ‘Knit vs Woven’ pieces, made exclusively on view for the launch of TAC Shop
via Abigail Doan

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A designer by trade, Johanna has always had a passion for storytelling. Born and raised in Sweden, she's lived and worked in Miami, Brooklyn and, currently, Ojai, CA. She started Goodlifer in 2008 to offer a positive outlook for the future and share great stories, discoveries, thoughts, tips and reflections around her idea of the Good Life. Johanna loves kale, wishes she had a greener thumb, and thinks everything is just a tad bit better with champagne (or green juice).
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