Bridgett Artise of Born Again Vintage ::
"What I love about this dress is its mysterious origin. It was part of a lot I received from a lady in Houston, who rescues clothes that would otherwise be thrown out from abandoned houses. So, not only do you not know the owner but the label "Damali" seems to be just as mysterious. My guess is it is from the 1960's. No other information can be found which makes it one of my faves."
Bridgett sees great value in the history and former lives that vintage pieces have experienced. As a pioneering force in sustainable fashion, her Born Again Vintage designs are sold in boutiques from Soho to Tokyo. Bridgett has appeared on TV shows like Jerseylicious, Mirror Mirror and has over 20 how-to videos on Ehow.com.
She teaches two self created vintage classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and her book "Born Again Vintage: 25 Ways to Deconstruct, Reinvent and Recycle Your Wardrobe" has been reviewed in over 50 different publications such as Nylon and Teen Vogue. The New York Times brands her as a "Vintage Expert," and she has recently started vintage tours around the US to further spread sustainable awareness.
Kestrel is a globetrotter with small-town Wisconsin spirit. She has lived in Chile, London, Madrid & New York, soaking up and absorbing every moment of fashion and difference along the way. She has worked with People Tree, Global Action Through Fashion, The GreenShows, FashionMeGreen, Fashioning Change, Ecouterre, Inhabitat & EcoSalon. She loves words & garments, and reorganizing them both. For Kestrel, fashion is her favorite way to share stories. Her most recent endeavor, AWEAR, is a style-driven project intended to help inspire us to think about where our clothes are made, what they are made of, and who makes them.