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No longer just for Deadheads and your dippy Aunt Sally from Santa Fe, tie-dye is having a serious fashion moment.
And though you can snag a piece from pretty much anyone (we?re talking Ralph Lauren all the way to Alexander Wang), isn?t it more fun to own one with a story? Like that it was hand-dyed in an old Greenpoint pencil factory?
Enter Upstate, a rad little fashion line that?s ripe for summer and surprisingly sophisticated.
Designer Kalen Kaminski started by--honest to God--watching YouTube videos on how to shibori (the popular Japanese technique of indigo dying) and making raw silk scarves in her bathtub. Now the line has grown into a full women?s-wear collection of dresses, tanks, culottes, jumpsuits and kimonos (and even some blankets and pillows for home).
To keep up with demand, many of Upstate?s pieces are made now in L.A. (dyed by hand in a specialized studio). But you can still score some of Kaminski?s one-of-a-kind styles from her Brooklyn studio. Just think: Not another soul in the Hamptons will have this dusty-blue itajime sarong (unlike that Alex Wang bag).
Upstate is available in NYC boutiques like International Playground, Personnel, Otte and Bhoomki
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